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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of May 18, 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


May 2020
 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"At Home with Literati: Melody Moezzi & Ellen Forney": Literati Bookstore.

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Melody Moezzi, an Iranian-American Muslim author, attorney, activist, and visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, reads from The Rumi Prescription, her new book about find meaning and life lessons in the words of the wildly popular 13th century poet. She is joined in conversation by author and illustrator Ellen Forney.
7 p.m., https://www.literatibookstore.com/event/home-literati-melody-moezzi-ellen-forney. Free.


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Tuesday


May 2020
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Online Edition.

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New Yorker copy editor & bestselling writer Mary Norris discusses her recent book about her decades-long obsession with Greece. New York Times reporter Vivian Gornick calls it "one of the most satisfying accounts of a great passion that I have ever read."
Meeting URL posted on OLLI-umich.org the day before event. Free. 998-9351.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Eco Book Club": Literati Bookstore.

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All invited to discuss The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry. Hosted by Alison Swan.
7 p.m., https://www.literatibookstore.com/event/home-literati-eco-book-club. Free.


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Wednesday


May 2020
 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"House Calls": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Virtual studio visit with Rashaun Rucker, an award-winning Detroit-based artist known for photographs, prints, and drawings.
4 p.m., livestream at lsa.umich.edu/humanities/news-events/all-news/search-news/new--house-calls--live-stream-series-features-virtual-studio-vis.html. Free.


 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Discovery Series: Photography": U-M Clements Library.

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Clements graphics division staff present historic photos from the library's collection and discuss the evolution of early photography techniques.
4 p.m. Preregistration required at myumi.ch/mnREP for meeting URL. Free. 647-0864. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"At Home with Literati: John Moe, Colin Nissan, & Sarah Walker": Literati Bookstore.

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Writers John Moe, Colin Nissan, & Sarah Walker discuss the new book Keep Scrolling Till You Feel Something, which revisits the first twenty-one years of McSweeney's Internet Tendency, a pioneering humor website.
7 p.m., https://www.literatibookstore.com/event/home-literati-john-moe-colin-nissan-sarah-walker. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Healing Politics; a Virtual Event with Abdul El-Sayed": Nicola's Books.

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Public health expert and progressive activist Abdul El-Sayed discusses his new book Healing Politics, a combination of memoir, science, and public policy which attempts to diagnose the problems facing the progressive political movement in the U.S.
7 p.m., nicolasbooks.com/event/healing-politics-virtual-event-abdul-el-sayed. Free.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Brews & Views: Why We Must Save the US Post Office during the Pandemic": League of Women Voters.

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Talk by Lansing-based lawyer Patrick Levine Rose. Q&A.
Preregistration required at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpduigrTorE9QupG9fdImDvXLsov52h4X1 for meeting URL. Free. 272-3634.


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Thursday


May 2020
 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Food Security and the Role of Regional Trade in Africa": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Online Edition.

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Talk by MSU food & resource economics professor Titus Awokuse.
Meeting URL posted on OLLI-umich.org the day before event. Free. 998-9351.


 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Online Resident Participation Meeting": The City of Ann Arbor.

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Public engagement meeting to discuss plans for development at 415 W. Washington Street. Pre-meeting survey available at http://sgiz.mobi/s3/415-w-washington-additional-input
5:30 p.m., registration details available at https://www.a2gov.org/departments/planning/Pages/default.aspx. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"At Home with Literati: Mary Norris & Steven Rowley": Literati Bookstore.

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Mary Norris, The New Yorker's Comma Queen and a best-selling author, has had a lifelong love affair with words. In her new novel Greek to Me, she delivers a delightful paean to the art of self-expression through accounts of her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. She is joined in conversation with author Steven Rowley.
7 p.m., https://www.literatibookstore.com/event/home-literati-mary-norris-steven-rowley. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel": UMMA Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Peter Frost's translation of Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk's 2002 novel about a mid-19th century Inuit family in northern Quebec coping with the arrival of white settlers.
7 p.m., preregister at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eh2w372w4b254bb3&oseq=&c=&ch=. Free.


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Friday


May 2020
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

The Clements Bookworm: A book circle for history lovers: U-M William L. Clements Library.

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Join Clements staff and supporters in a discussion about the books we're reading. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, we invite you to pull up a chair at our [virtual] table. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy a snack while you watch our commentators in a live feed. Chime in with your comments and questions via the chat function. We look forward to hosting you!
When: Fridays, 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Where: Register at the website link. In your confirmation email, find the link "Click Here to Join" to enter the meeting.
Book information at https://clements.umich.edu/public-programs/the-clements-bookworm-recordings/
Online Event. Free. Online. clemdevcom@umich.edu http://myumi.ch/gjgzR



 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"At Home With Literati Book Club": Literati Bookstore.

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All invited to join this three-part virtual book club. This month's book is Cixin Liu's acclaimed 2008 science fiction novel The Three-Body Problem.

Schedule:

Part 1/3

Friday May 15th @ 7pm EST

Part 2/3

Friday May 22nd, 5:30 pm EST

Part 3/3

Friday May 29th, 5:30 pm EST
Zoom meeting link available at https://www.literatibookstore.com/event/home-literati-book-club-three-body-problem-pt-1. Free.


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Sunday


May 2020
 11 a.m.-noon.  Free!  Online 

Livestream Introductory Dharma Talk: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun.Jewel Heart's resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche discusses various current issues from a spiritual perspective.
For livestream URL, preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994-3387.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Sunday Talks with Demo Rinpoche: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Come listen to Jewel Heart's Resident Spiritual Advisor, Demo Rinpoche expound upon various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism at 11am EST. Broadcast live via webinar - to register visit jewelheart.org
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. Online. 7349943387. annarbor@jewelheart.org www.jewelheart.org [map]



 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Movies 101 Online": Michigan Theater.

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EMU film studies professor emeritus Henry Aldridge examines various common filmmaking techniques. Followed by a at-home movie suggestion. May 17: "Editing," with Peter Howitt's 1998 Sliding Doors. May 24: "Mise-en-Scene," with Michael Curtiz's 1942 Casablanca.
https://www.michtheater.org/movies-101/. $20 per session (members, $15). 668-8397.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Monday


May 2020
 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Adult VR Adventure": Chelsea District Library.

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All adults invited to try out the library's virtual reality headsets, including Lenovo Mirage and Sony PlayStation.
CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free, preregistration required (space limited). 475-8732. [map]


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Tuesday


May 2020
 3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Pizza & Pages": Saline District Library.

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Teens invited to eat pizza and discuss young adult books. Mar. 17: I, Claudia, Mary McCoy's 2018 book about a teen in charge of student government at her L.A. high school. Apr. 21: Paint Me Like I Am, a 2003 collection of poems by various teens. May 19: The Babysitter's Coven, Kate Williams' 2019 fantasy novel about a teen babysitter with magical powers.
3 p.m., Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required at SalineLibrary.org, in person, or by phone. 429-5450. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Busy People Book Club": Chelsea District Library.

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A book club featuring books no longer than 300 pages. Mar. 17: A.J. Pearce's novel Dear Mrs. Bird. May 19: TBA.

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6:30-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Cooking With Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems into Delicious Meals.": Dexter District Library.

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Cooking demo by Zingerman's Bakehouse employee & author Lindsay-Jean Hard.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


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Thursday


May 2020
 1 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Better Off Read Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss a fiction or nonfiction book TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Tween Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 5 & 6 invited to discuss books & answer trivia questions for prizes. Mar. 19: The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody, Matthew Landis's 2018 novel about a trio of 7th-graders who discover the secrets of a Civil War soldier while working on a school project. Apr. 16: The Unteachables, Gordon Korman's 2019 book about a class of misfits. May 21: Restart, Gordon Korman's 2017 novel about a kid who loses his memory after hitting his head.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Busy Bee Book Club: Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss a monthly theme; no assigned book. Mar. 19: "Favorite nonfiction book." Apr. 16: "Least favorite book." May 21: "What are you reading right now?"
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free, preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


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Friday


May 2020
 10-11:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Dementia Awareness": St. Andrew Church.

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Every Fri., Apr. 17-June 5. A series of talks on Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. On April 17 only, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., an expo of dementia-related resources and information. For full schedule of talks, see StAndrewSaline.org.
10-11:30 a.m., St. Andrew Church, 910 Austin Dr., Saline. Free. 429-5210. [map]


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Saturday


May 2020
 9:30-11 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Designing a Medicine Garden": Gaia Center for Herbal Studies.

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Herbalist Mary Light shows how to design a garden and discusses medicinal herbs, resources, and growing strategies. Followed at 11:30 a.m. by a massage training demo by Light.
9:30-11 a.m., 6276 Jackson Rd., ste. B. $12. 769-7794. [map]






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