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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of January 27, 2020

Ann Arbor is an educated and educational community, providing an ample selection of brown bag lectures, seminars, and other colloquia. The Calendar covers events from authors on book signing tours to politicians on the stump.





 
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Monday


January 2020
 7 p.m.  Free! 

Literati Bookstore Eco Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local poet Alison Swan, of a book TBA at LiteratiBookstore.com.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"That's the Power of Love: Compassion, Love, and Transformation in Urban America": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M psychology professor Jacqueline Mattis discusses her research on the positive impact of everyday encounters with human goodness in the lives of urban African American and Afro-Caribbean people.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"DEATH / PLAY or Rubinstein, the Mad Jester of the Warsaw Ghetto": U-M Residential College.

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In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, retired Residential College faculty member Hank Greenspan presents his new 15-minute play "DEATH / PLAY or Rubinstein, the Mad Jester of the Warsaw Ghetto" along with a presentation of the historical context and discussion.
Free and open to the public
Directed by RC Drama faculty member, Kate Mendeloff
For information, contact Hank at hgreensp@umich.edu
Dr. Greenspan has been interviewing, writing about, and teaching about Holocaust survivors since the 1970s-now longer than anyone in the world. Both editions of his book-On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting and Life History (1998) and the expanded On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony (2010)--are considered seminal texts in oral history and Holocaust studies. Dr. Greenspan's play "Remnants" was originally produced at WUOM-FM and distributed to NPR stations in 1991, and has been performed at more than 300 venues worldwide.
East Quadrangle, Classroom 1405, 701 East University Ave. Free. hgreensp@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/70992-17766491.html [map]



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Tuesday


January 2020
 1-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Privacy@Michigan": U-M School of Information.

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Symposium on privacy in the age of the internet. Keynote speaker is Kathleen Kingsbury, editor of the New York Times Privacy Project (1-2 p.m.). A panel TBA discusses "Multi-Disciplinary Voices on Privacy and Ethics in a Hyper-Connected Age" (2:30-3:30 p.m.) and "Voice Assistants and the Internet of Things" (3:30-4:30 p.m.). Refreshments.
1-6:30 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free; preregistration required at umsi.info/PrivacyDay. 763-2285. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

DUP Talks - Distinguished University Professorship: U-M Office of University and Development Events.

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This event celebrates and recognizes faculty who have received the Distinguished University Professorship award at the University of Michigan, presented by U-M's Provost Martin Philbert. Four recipients will deliver 20-minute presentations, highlighting their research in TED talk style, with a reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public.
Armstrong Auditorium - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St. Free. 734-647-7900. DUPtalks2020@umich.edu [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"The 1619 Project: Examining the Legacy of Slavery and the Building of a Nation": U-M Wallace House.

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Journalism is often called the first draft of history. But journalism can also be used as a powerful tool for examining history.
Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia, establishing the system of slavery on which the United States was built.
With The 1619 Project, The New York Times is prompting conversation and debate about the legacy of slavery and its influence over American society and culture. From mass incarceration to traffic jams, the project seeks to reframe our understanding of American history and the fight to live up to our nation's central promise.
Wallace House Presents the project's creator, New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, in conversation with Rochelle Riley, longtime journalist and columnist.
About the Speaker:
Nikole Hannah-Jones is a domestic correspondent for The New York Times Magazine focusing on racial injustice. She has written on federal failures to en
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 7349987666. https://wallacehouse.umich.edu/?p=13569 [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"The 1619 Project: Examining the Legacy of Slavery and the Building of a Nation": U-M Wallace House.

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City of Detroit arts & culture director Rochelle Riley and New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones discuss Hannah-Jones' 1619 Project, a collection of essays, poems, photos, and short fiction that aims to reframe U.S. history in the context of 1619, the year the first slave ship arrived in America.
6 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 998-7666. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Amateur Radio": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ham Radio Podcast host Dan Romanchik, who's made appearances on amateur radio ICQ Podcast, discusses amateur radio, including satellite communications, software-defined radio, and wireless networking. Also, he explains how to become a licensed operator.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bioethics Discussion: Michigan": The Bioethics Discussion Group.

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A discussion on our state.
Readings to consider:
1. 2019 State of the State
2. Michigan Health Policy for the Incoming 2019 Gubernatorial Administration
3. ACA Exchange Competitiveness in Michigan
4. Flint Water Crisis: What Happened and Why?
For more information and/or to receive a copy of the readings contact Barry Belmont at belmont@umich.edu or visit http://belmont.bme.umich.edu/bioethics-discussion-group/discussions/039-michigan/.
For the ever-present state of things, consider the blog: https://belmont.bme.umich.edu/incidental-art/
...Flint still doesn't have clean drinking water.
2185 Lurie Biomedical Engineering, 1101 Beal Avenue. Free. belmont@umich.edu https://belmont.bme.umich.edu/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The 2020 Census: Count Every Person": Ypsilanti District Library with League of Women Voters.

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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area explain what the 2020 Census is, and why it matters. Census Bureau handouts with more information will be provided.
YDL-Whittaker (Jan 28); YDL-Michigan (Feb 6), 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1377. https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/the-2020-census-count-everyperson/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Literati Bookstore Feminist Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of a book TBA at LiteratiBookstore.com.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Skazat! Poetry Series at Sweetwaters.

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Reading by Dennis Hinrichsen, a former Lansing poet laureate author whose most recent collection, Skin Music, uses motifs of skin and music to explore the desire for a believable, knowable place.
Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The 2020 Census: Count Every Person. Once. In the Right Place": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by a League of Women Voters member TBA. Q&A. Handouts.
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Wednesday


January 2020
 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Davey Alba of The New York Times and 2019 Livingston Award winner": U-M Wallace House.

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In 2018, journalist Davey Alba traveled to the Philippines to investigate Facebook's breakneck proliferation in that country and President Rodrigo Duterte's rise to power. She revealed how the politician's incendiary style aligned perfectly with the tech company's algorithms that reward entertaining, inflammatory content. From maligning opponents to espousing hardline policies to combat the drug trade, Duterte's operatives created memes, propaganda and egregious libel that flourished on Facebook. Join Alba for an examination of how demagogic political campaigns worldwide have weaponized the social media platform.
Annenberg Auditorium, 735 South State Street. Free. 7349987666. https://wallacehouse.umich.edu/?p=13574 [map]



 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Duterte's Facebook-Fueled Rise to Power: Manipulating Public Opinion to Capture an Election": U-M Ford School of Public Policy/U-M Wallace House Livingston Lectures.

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Talk by New York Times journalist Davey Alba on Facebook's role in Philippine politics.
4-5:30 p.m., Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490, 998-7666. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How Can We Improve Race Relations?": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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Jan. 8, 22, & 29. All invited to join a discussion lead by IRT co-director Dwight Wilson.
1115 Baldwin Ave. Free, preregistration required to DwightLWilson@hotmail.com. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"The 2020 Census: Count Every Person. Once. In the Right Place.": Dexter District Library.

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Talk by an Ann Arbor League of Women Voters member TBA. Q&A. Handouts.
7-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free, preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


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Thursday


January 2020
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Social Media": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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6 weekly talks about the impact of social media.

Jan. 9: U-M information professor Clifford Lampe on "What We Know Now."

Jan. 16:U-M pediatrics professor Jenny Radesky on "Mobile Media and Parenting."

Jan. 23:U-M psychology professor Ethan Kross on "How Do Online Social Media Networks Influence People's Emotional Lives."

Jan. 30:U-M information professor Sarita Schoenebeck on "Restoring Justice to Targets of Online Harassment."

Feb. 6:MSU neuroscience professor Dar Meshi on "Why We Use Social Media: Evolution, Neuroscience, and Problematic Use."

Feb 13:U-M information professor Florian Schaub on "Is Technology Killing Privacy?"
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $55 (members, $10). Memberships $25/year. 998-9351. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Jan. 9, 16, 23, & 30. Jan. 9: North Carolina State University Japanese studies visiting professor Levi McLaughlin on "Religion and Politics in Japan: Mapping a Shifting Terrain." Jan. 16: Boston University music professor Marié Abe on "Hired to Be Overheard: Resonances of Chindon-ya in Contemporary Japan." Chindon-ya are ostentatiously costumed Japanese street musicians who publicize a business by parading through neighborhood streets. Jan. 23: University of Tokyo international relations professor Ryo Sahashi on "China-Japan-US Trilateral Relationship on East Asia Order: History and Prospects." Jan. 30: Keio University (Tokyo) international politics professor Yuichi Hosoya on "Japan's Indo-Pacific Strategy in the US-China Rivalry."
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Jan. 16, 23, & 30. Talks by visiting artists. Today: "Theater of Justice." Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack of the MI Supreme Court, lawyer Len Niehoff, and actor John de Lancie discuss how drama informs the workings of the courtroom and how the courtroom is represented on stage & on screen.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

%stLiterati Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of a book TBA at LiteratiBookstore.com.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Jose Antonio Vargas: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, theatrical producer, and undocumented American since age 12 discusses Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, his new memoir about what it means to pass as an American and contributing citizen, as well as the unmoored psychological state in which an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in America find themselves. Signing.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Spotlight on Ethiopia": Ann Arbor District Library.

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WSU internal medicine clinical researcher Alemu Fite, an Ethiopian native, discusses the history and culture of one of the world's oldest countries. Tastings of Ethiopian coffee & snacks. Q&A.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Carbon Neutrality in the Energy Sector": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion (panelists TBA) about the current ideas for making Ann Arbor's carbon consumption net-zero.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


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Friday


January 2020
 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Earth & Environmental Sciences Department Smith Lecture Series.

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Jan. 10, 17, & 31. Talks by visiting scholars. Jan. 10: University of Massachusetts geology professor Michele Cooke, "What Can Little Faults Tell Us About Big Earthquakes?" Jan. 17: Michigan State geology professor Allen McNamara, "Understanding Large-Scale Mantle Convection." Jan. 31: Purdue planetary sciences professor Brandon Johnson, "Formation of Multiring Basins." These basins are the most common type of impact crater on the moon.
3:30 p.m., 1100 North University Building rm. 1528. Free. 764-1435. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Thinking About Politics in South Asian Studies": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk by Simon Fraser University international studies professor emeritus John Harriss.
4:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall. Free. 615-4059. [map]


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Saturday


February 2020
 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Great Lakes National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Michigan Sea Grant.

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High school students compete in quiz bowl-style rounds of questions about ocean and Great Lakes biology, chemistry, geology, physics, technology, history, and economics.
8 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, 440 Church St. Free. 763-1530. [map]


 9:30 a.m.-noon.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Washtenaw County Democratic Party Program Committee.

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WCDP legislative programs committee vice chair Justin Hodge and other speakers TBA discusses the history of voter suppression in the U.S. and common tactics used today.
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave. Free, non-perishable food items requested for the WCDP food drive. 883-8250. [map]


 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Starting a Family Tree": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Genetic Genealogy Research genealogist Mary Henderson shows how to build a family tree & offers research tips.
AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Living Oral History Project": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Showing of filmed interviews from the African American Cultural & Historical Museum's Living Oral History project, which records the experiences of area black residents throughout the 20th century. Also, maps available of local African American history sites.
AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Women Authors: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Panel discussion with local women authors TBA. Signing. Refreshments.
2-4 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led themed tours of the museum. Feb. 1: "Ancient Writing." Feb. 8: "Read and Look: Tickle Tut's Toes," suitable for all ages. Feb. 15: "Rome Through the Eyes of Its Emperors." Feb. 22: "Graffiti as Devotion Along the Nile." Feb. 29: "Fakes, Forgeries, and Really Good Replicas."
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


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Sunday


February 2020
 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Serious Mental Illness": First Presbyterian Church.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness volunteer Bob Nassauer discusses mental illness diagnosis, treatment, and local resources.
FPC, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 662-4466. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Washtenaw Reads 2020 discussion of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas.": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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The theme of Washtenaw Reads 2020 is "Everybody Counts" and the book's title is Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas.
The Social Justice Ministry at St. Andrew's will sponsor a discussion of Dear America on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 11:30 am in the Chapel. Dr. Deborah Kanter, Chair and John S. Ludington Endowed Professor of History at Albion College, will lead the discussion. Dr. Kanter's area of expertise is Latin American History, particularly the Mexican Diaspora. She's also the author of Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming)
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 North Division. Free. 7346630518. office@standrewsaa.org http://standrewsaa.org/ [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Everybody Counts: Washtenaw Reads 2020 Discussion": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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All invited to discuss Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas's memoir about his life as an undocumented immigrant. Led by Albion College history professor Deborah Kanter.
St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of large-scale abstract works by sculptors Louise Nevelson and Al Loving and painters Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and Sam Gilliam.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons & Justine Simmons: Michigan Theater/Nicola's Books.

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The frontman of the seminal 80s new-school hip-hop group Run-DMC and his wife discuss Old School Love and Why it Works, their new book on their 25-year marriage and advice for building strong and lasting relationships. The price of admission includes a copy of the book. Signing.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $32 (couples, $47) in advance at MichTheater.org & Nicola's Books, & at the door. 662-0600. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Saturday


February 2020
 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Science Forum Demos: U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "Out of the Water & Back Again: A Whale's Tale" (11 a.m.). Handle real fossils while learning about the evolutionary process. Also, make a fossil casts of an ancient tooth. "Home Sweet H.O.M.E.S.: Exploring the Great Lakes" (3 p.m.). Learn about the past, present, and future of Michigan's water source.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


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Sunday


February 2020
 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Science Forum Demos: U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "Out of the Water & Back Again: A Whale's Tale" (11 a.m.). Handle real fossils while learning about the evolutionary process. Also, make a fossil casts of an ancient tooth. "Home Sweet H.O.M.E.S.: Exploring the Great Lakes" (3 p.m.). Learn about the past, present, and future of Michigan's water source.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]





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