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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of September 21, 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


September 2020
 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Paul Taylor: Celebrate the Dancemaker": University Musical Society.

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Sept. 11-21. U-M dance professor Angela Kane and Paul Taylor Dance Company artistic director Michael Novak present and discuss footage of several iconic works choreographed by renowned modern choreographer Taylor. Highlighted by a taped full-version of Promethean Fire, Taylor's 2002 elegiac commemoration of 9/11 that features dancers in warmly lit black velvet, with music of J.S. Bach. It is a passionate, occasionally furious work that culminates with a sense of human renewal. Also, Aureole (1962), Scudorama (1963), Arden Court (1981), and Matthew Diamond's 1998 documentary, Dancemaker.
Available online at UMS.org anytime between 7:30 p.m., 9/11 & 7:30 p.m., 9/21. Free. 764-2538.


 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



 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Citizen Activism: Driver of A Healthy Democracy": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Election 2020.

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Panel discussion on how "bottom up" activity aids individuals in understanding ideas about citizenship, politics, government, and other issues important to communities. With League of Women Voters member Roddy Wares, League of Conservation Voters member Lisa Wozniak, and Detroit Action executive director Branden Snyder. Moderator is former United Way of Washtenaw board member Karen Bantel.
For online meeting URL preregister at OLLI-umich.org. $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Vanessa Veselka: At Home with Literati.

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Portland-based fiction writer and essayist Veselka reads from The Great Offshore Grounds, her forthcoming novel about 2 adult sisters, reunited in Seattle, who uncover a stunning family secret. Questions & commentary throughout by Michigan-born, Los Angeles-based journalist & fiction writer Tom Bissel.
7 p.m., for online meeting URL see LiteratiBookstore.com. Free. 585-5567.


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Tuesday


September 2020
 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Translating Israel": UM Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Jessica Cohen, Hebrew Literary Translator
Jessica Cohen has translated major Israeli writers including Amos Oz, Etgar Keret, Ronit Matalon and Nir Baram, and in 2017 shared the Man Booker International Prize with David Grossman for her translation of A Horse Walks Into a Bar. In this talk, Cohen will address issues of cultural translation that arise as she turns a Hebrew work published in Israel into a text that will circulate globally in English translation.
Jessica Cohen was born in England, raised in Israel, and lives in Denver. She translates contemporary Israeli prose, poetry, and other creative work. She is a past board member of the American Literary Translators Association and has served as a judge for the National Translation Award. Her most recent translations include Ronit Matalon's And the Bride Closed the Door and D. A. Mishani's Three.
Advance Registration Required: https://forms.gle/jvHmKUFma5JJoTdg7
Zoom Webinar link will be sent to registrants shortly before
Zoom Webinar. Free. Online. 734.763.9047. judaicstudies@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/judaic/news-events/all-events.detail.html/75660-19558808.html


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

2030: What the Future Holds": a2Tech360.

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Speakers TBA discuss trends and innovative products in healthcare, data collection and transfer, augmented and virtual reality, mobility, & other industries in the region.
For online meeting URL preregister at EventBrite.com (search "a2Tech360"). Free.


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"From Mobility to Accessibility: Transforming Urban Transportation and Land-Use Planning": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Talk by U-M College of Architecture urban and regional planning professor Jonathan Levine. Q&A.
For online meeting URL preregister at OLLI-umich.org. $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Book Launch with Ken Fisher: University Musical Society.

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Former UMS president Fisher discusses his new book, Everybody In, Nobody Out: Inspiring Community at Michigan's University Musical Society," with local journalist John U. Bacon. Peppered with colorful anecdotes of UMS's successes, the nonfiction reflects on the power of performing arts to engage and enrich communities.
Online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX9TE3wHFOM and https://www.facebook.com/UMSpresents/posts/10158201724823961. Free. 764-2538.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Sumita Chakraborty: Skazat! Poetry Series Virtual Edition.

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Reading by this U-M Helen Zell visiting poetry professor. She cites Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Anne Carson, and Gwendolyn Brooks as influences, and her poems are often written from a vulnerable 1st-person perspective. She has a forthcoming collection, Arrow. Preceded by an open mic.
For online meeting URL preregister at Facebook.com/Skazat. Free. 223-3165.


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Wednesday


September 2020
 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Women in Tech": a2Tech360.

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Women in tech fields TBA discuss gender bias, pay inequality, and overcoming adversity in rooms full of doubters.
For online meeting URL preregister at EventBrite.com (search "a2Tech360"). Free.


 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Discover Series: Women's History in the Archives": U-M Clements Library.

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Sept. 23 & 30 and Oct. 7. 3-part discussion series hosted by Clements assistant curator of manuscripts Jayne Ptolemy and panelists TBA. Sept. 23: In Plain Sight: Looking for Women's History in the Archives. Sept. 30: A Taste of History: Cookbooks in the Archives. Oct. 7: Building the Archives: Women's Influence as Librarians, Curators and Collectors.
4 p.m., for meeting URL preregister at myumi.ch/wlnQw. Free. 649-3370.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Woman Suffrage Movement in the U.S.": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Join EMU Professor and scholar expert on Woman Suffrage for the Centennial Commission at the Library of Congress Mary-Elizabeth Murphy for a brief overview, highlighting some of the women of color in the movement. Join this Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/97904105069?pwd=aVF1TkZZdkJSZ29MMjBzdy9zazZJUT09
Meeting ID: 979 0410 5069
Passcode: 202299
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Meeting ID: 979 0410 5069
Passcode: 202299
Online, Online, Ypsilanti. Free. Online. 734-482-4110 ext1377. skonen@ypsilibrary.org www.ypsilibrary.org/events



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Aimee Nezhukumatathil: At Home with Literati.

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This University of Mississippi creative writing professor reads from her debut work of nonfiction World of Wonders, a brand-new collection of essays about the natural world and the ways its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us. Questions & commentary throughout by Ann Arbor-based WSU creative writing professor Natalie Bakopoulos. Q&A.
7 p.m., for online meeting URL see LiteratiBookstore.com. Free. 585-5567.


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Reading by Oakland University Arabic language professor Dunya Mikhail, an Iraqi American whose poetry addresses themes of war, exile, and loss. She has received the Guggenheim and Kresge fellowships, the Arab American Book Award, and the U.N. Human Rights Award. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mic.
For meeting URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free.


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Evenings with Aaron": Deep Spring Discussion Center.

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All invited to discuss their metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices including Vipassana and Pure Awareness meditation. Q&A.
For online meeting URL preregister at DeepSpring.org/Evenings-With-Aaron-Fall2020. $10-$30 suggested donations. DeepSpring9@gmail.com, 477-5848.


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Thursday


September 2020
 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Poverty, Inequity, and Disparity": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 10-Oct. 15. Talks by various speakers.

Sept. 10: MSU economics professor Charles Ballard on "Poverty: Causes, Consequences, and Cures."

Sept. 17: U-M public policy and social work professor H. Luke Shaefer on "The Questions We Don't Know to Ask: Studying Poverty in 21st Century America."

Sept. 24: U-M instructional design for seminars and special programs director Simona Goldin on "Access and Equity in U.S. School Systems."

Oct. 1: U-M public policy professor Sarah Miller on "The Short-Term and Long-Term Impacts of Health Care Access for Low Income Americans."

Oct. 8: U-M urban and regional planning professor Lan Deng on "Building and Preserving Affordable Housing in the United States: Federal Resources and Local Efforts."

Oct. 15: U-M sociology, Afroamerican & African studies, and public policy professor Alford Young Jr. on "From the Edge of the Ghetto: The Quest of Small City African Americans to Survive Post-Industrialism."
For online meeting URL preregister at OLLI-umich.org. $35 per lecture (for 6-lecture series, $60); for members, $10 per lecture and $35 for 6-lecture series; $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Contentious Citizenship: Zainichi Korean Activism in Japan": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Talk by University of San Francisco sociology professor Hwaji Shin.
Noon, for online meeting URL preregister at events.umich.edu/event/75274. Free. 764-6307.


 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Learn-In With Chef Ji Hye Kim": Miss Kim.

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Every Thurs. Chef Kim discusses topics related to cooking TBA.
1 p.m. Online at Facebook.com/MissKimAnnArbor. Free. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Boundaries of Pluralism: The World of University of Michigan Jewish Students, 1897-1945": Bentley Historical Society: Making Michigan.

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Join us for this Zoom conversation with authors Andrei Markovits and Kenneth Garner about their new book, The Boundaries of Pluralism. Come learn in great detail what student life was like at the University of Michigan in the first four decades of the 20th century. Hear about how Jewish students lived at the University of Michigan, how they were integrated by and large, how they made this a good place for them but also how there were limits to this bliss. Discover how the University's commendable pluralism in terms of accepting others, Jews in particular, had its serious limits when it came to Jewish students from the East Coast with leftist political preferences.
Advance registration is required. Please visit the Making Michigan website to register: https://bentley.umich.edu/news-events/making-michigan-series/.
Bentley Historical Library. Free. Online. 7343585625. gdkrenz@umich.edu https://bentley.umich.edu/news-events/making-michigan-series/



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Carl Hoffman: At Home with Literati.

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Journalist and New York Times bestseller Hoffman reads from Liar's Circus: A Strange and Terrifying Journey into the Upside-Down World of Trump's MAGA Rallies, his brand-new book based on hundreds of hours of reporting on Donald Trump's rallies. Questions & commentary throughout by Los Angeles Times staff writer Barbara Demick. Q&A.
7 p.m., for online meeting URL see LiteratiBookstore.com. Free. 585-5567.


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Friday


September 2020
 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

"Mindfulness for Chronic Pain" U-M Turner Senior Resource Center.

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Talk by Michigan Medicine social worker Mariko Abe Foulk.
For online meeting URL call 998-9353 or email TSWP.info@umich.edu. Free.


 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Giving Voice to a Foxtrot From Auschwitz-Birkenau": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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U-M music theory professor Patricia Hall discusses her research on the Auschwitz concentration camp, highlighted by the discovery of a foxtrot arrangement of the song "Die Schönste Zeit des Lebens." In 2018 the U-M music student Contemporary Directions Ensemble gave the first public performance of this arrangement outside of Auschwitz.
For online meeting location preregister at OLLI-umich.org. $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Tech Trek/Mobility Row 2020": a2Tech360.

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All invited to virtually tour more than 50 local tech companies and learn about the people behind the businesses and their projects. For complete list of participating companies, see a2Tech360.com/Events/Tech-Trek.
For online meeting URL preregister at EventBrite.com (search "a2Tech360") Free.


 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Real-World Perspectives Speaker Series": U-M Poverty Solutions.

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Every Fri., Sept. 25-Nov. 6. Virtual lecture series.

Sept. 25: LA-based writer Michael Arceneaux discusses his nervy new autobiography I Don't Want to Die Poor, about his life as a young gay black man in a country that is crushing him with debt.

Oct. 2: Dignity + Debt Network director Frederick Wherry on "The Weight of Debt, the Dignity of Debtors."

Oct. 9: Michigan Health and Human Services director Joneigh Khaldun and Michigan lieutenant governor Garlin Gilchrist on "Life During Covid-19."

Oct. 16: U-M social work professor H. Luke Shaefer on "Understanding Communities of Deep Disadvantage."

Oct. 23: University of Chicago public policy professor Ariel Kalil on "Behavioral Insights and Parental Decision-Making: A New Framework for Supporting Low Income Families."

Oct. 30: New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on "Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope." With a response by Michigan Health & Human Services chief medical executive Joneigh Khaldun.

Nov. 6: South Bronx-based urban revitalization strategist and community-oriented real estate developer Majora Carter on "Community as Corporation: Talent Retention in Low-Status America."
Online at poverty.umich.edu/news-events. Free. PovertySolutions@umich.edu.


 9-11 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to watch short astronomy presentations by club members and learn about the planets, the moon, the constellations, colorful binary star systems, and other visible astronomical objects.
9-11 p.m., for meeting URL see umichSAS.com. Free. [map]


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Saturday


September 2020
 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Currently Reading Cocktail Hour": Nicola's Books.

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Every Weds. Nicola's booksellers discuss their favorite summer reads and make cocktails over livestream.
7 p.m., for online meeting URL see Facebook.com/NicolasBooksA2. Free. NicolasBooks.com.


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Sunday


September 2020
 12:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Exploring Faith: Racism and White Privilege": First Presbyterian Church Adult Education Series.

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Sept. 20 & 27. Two-part discussion on the "Theological Introduction to Racism." Talk leader TBA.
For online meeting URL, preregister at www.firstpresbyterian.org. Free.


 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Britain to Canada to Michigan": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Capital Area District Library (Lansing) researcher Jessica Trotter discusses this popular migration pattern. Followed at 3:15 p.m. by "Productive Online Searches," a talk by club member Mary Henderson.
For online meeting URL email info@WashtenawGenealogy.org. Free. 483-2799.


 4-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

LezRead Book Club.

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All queer women invited to discuss The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue's brand-new historical novel about three women quarantined together in an Irish hospital during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, and Isola (vol. 1), Brenden Fletcher's fantasy adventure graphic novel about a warrior on a journey to protect her queen.
4-6 p.m., for online or in-person location, see a2LezRead.tumblr.com. Free. [map]






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