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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of November 16, 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


November 2020
 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

%stSusan Clinthorne: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Talk by this local painter, whose art seeks to spark interest in what lies hidden from the casual observer.
For online URL see AnnArborWomenArtists.org. Free. AnnArborWomenArtists@gmail.com.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Identifying Invasive Plants": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Talk by club member Don Drife, creator of the blog Michigan Nature Guy.
Online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88668566208?pwd=NnUvbHFjZTE2Nnp0Z2orSXNiekxpUT09. Free. 718-6114.


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Huron Valley Sierra Club Ypsi Night.

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Ypsilanti mayor Lois Richardson, Ypsilanti Township supervisor Brenda Stumbo, and Superior Township rep. TBA discuss environmental issues in eastern Washtenaw County.
Online at bit.ly/sierraclubypsinight. Free. hvg@michigan.sierraclub.org.


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Tuesday


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

"Pandemic Update: Vaccines, Testing, and Treatments": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lasting Impact of Covid-19 Series.

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Talk by U-M epidemiology professor Emily Toth Martin.
Online at bit.ly/pandemicupdate2020. Free. 998-9351.


 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Spiritual Practice of Gratitude": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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All invited to join a group discussion about things that help you feel thankful, what joys sustain you in times of stress, and where you find meaning and purpose in life.
For online URL email roederer@umich.edu. Free.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lectures.

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Every Tues, except Nov. 24. Talks by U-M faculty.

Nov. 3: History professor Christian de Pee on "The City in the Present Tense: Writing the Urban Landscape in 11th-Century China."

Nov. 10: Sociology professor Yun Zhou on "The Gendered Pursuit of Individualism: Fertility Intention and the Meaning of Children in Contemporary Urban China."

Nov. 17: LRCCS postdoc fellow Wen Yu on "Constructing a China: Nationalism and Culture in Modern History."
Noon-1 p.m., for online URL see ii.umich.edu/lrccs. Free. 764-6308.


 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"The Power of Literature in a Time of Crisis": U-M Margaret Waterman Town Hall Lecture Series.

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Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY) comparative literature professor Joseph Luzzi discusses American literature from Mark Twain to Toni Morrison. The Waterman series also includes lectures in Apr. & May.
For online URL preregister at WatermanAlumnae.org. $100 in advance only for the full 4-lecture series. mary.mcclusky@icloud.com, WatermanAlumnae.org.


 2:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Seminar with Steven Strogatz: U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

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"Searching for the densest network that does not always synchronize"
Dr. Strogatz is the author of several international bestsellers about math, including "Infinite Powers" and "The Joy of X", wrote a math column in the New York Times and a math podcast. The event can be found on our website lsa.umich.edu/cscs
myumi.ch/v2ZYv. Free. Online. (734)763-3301. cscs@umich.edu lsa.umich.edu/cscs



 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

DeRoy Virtual Open Lecture Featuring Abdul El-Sayed: U-M LSA Honors Program.

  community member   < less Abdul El-Sayed

In this talk, Dr. El-Sayed will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of America's other epidemics: the pandemic of systemic racism and the epidemic of insecurity. He will dig into America's broken healthcare system as a lynchpin in the etiology of each of these three pandemics-and how we need to take them on.
The LSA Honors DeRoy Open Lecture is a biannual event made possible by the Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Professorship endowment. This fall, Dr. El-Sayed has led "Wellbeing + Public Policy" (HONORS 493). He is the author of Healing Politics: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic (Abrams Press, 2020) and the forthcoming book Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide (Oxford Press, 2021). For more on Dr. El-Sayed, please visit abdulelsayed.com.
The Guest Livestream is available at http://myumi.ch/erbjp.
Virtual Event, 419 S State St, 1330 Mason Hall. Free. Online. 7347646274. pjeri@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/honors [map]



 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Build The World's Most Powerful Microscopes for Discoveries": U-M LS&A Donald A. Glaser Collegiate Professor of Physics Inaugural Lecture.

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Lecture by U-M physics professor Bing Zhou.
4 p.m., via Zoom at umich.zoom.us/j/97294250053#success. Free. 615-6667.


 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Build The World's Most Powerful Microscopes for Discoveries: From Bubble Chamber to Wire Chamber for Nanophysics": U-M LS&A Collegiate Professorship Inaugural Lecture.

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Lecture by U-M physics professor Bing Zhou.
For online URL see umich.zoom.us/j/97294250053. Free. 764-4437.


 4:30-5:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing Beyond the Ivory Gates: South Korean Song Movement": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Lecture Series.

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Talk by Indiana University contemporary Korean literature professor Susan Hwang.
For livestream URL see ii.umich.edu/ncks/news-events/events.detail.html/77257-19828136.html. Free. 764-1825.


 7 p.m.  Online 

Brandon Sanderson: At Home with Literati.

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This bestselling fantasy writer discusses his new novel Rhythm of War, the 4th in The Stormlight Archive series. Sanderson is best known for the Cosmere universe, where most of his novels are set. Q&A.
For online URL preregister at LiteratiBookstore.com/event/brandon-sanderson-rhythm-war-launch. $40.95, includes a signed copy of Rhythm of War. 585-5567.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Lori Nelson Spielman: Nicola's Books.

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Reading by this Michigan writer. Her 2015 novel, The Life List, is about a daughter who must complete the 10 things she left uncrossed on a 20-year-old "life to-do-list" in order to get her inheritance.
For online URL see Facebook.com/NicolasBooksA2. Free. NicolasBooks.com.


 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Criptographies": U-M Initiative on Disability Studies Fall 2020 Speaker Series.

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Nov. 9 & 17. Talks by scholars and activists exploring the connections between people with disabilities and nonstandard relationships between body & mind.

Nov. 9: Disability Visibility Project founder and directorAlice Wong.

Nov. 17: U-M family medicine professor Feranmi Okanlami.
For online meeting URL see lsa.umich.edu/english/news-events. Free. 764-6330.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Harvard University international affairs and history professor Fredrik Logevall discusses his new book about JFK's formative years.
For online URL preregister at bit.ly/jfkatford. Free. 205-0555.


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Wednesday


November 2020
 Noon-1:20 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Someone Else's Problem: The Dissident Author Post-Dissidence": U-M Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

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U-M Slavic languages and literature professor Benjamin Paloff discusses the careers of 4 prominent postwar writers-Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Brodsky, Czesław Miłosz, and Milan Kundera-against the backdrop of the struggle for civil rights and racial justice in their adopted countries.
For online URL preregister at myumi.ch/DE70Z. Free. crees@umich.edu.


 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"What the Eyes Don't See: An Update on the Flint Water Crisis": American Association of University Women.

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Talk by MSU pediatrics and human development professor Mona Hanna-Attisha.
For online URL see AnnArbor-MI.aauw.net. Free. Facebook.com/AAUWAnnArbor.


 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, humane education lesson, and dog meet-and-greet. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
$10. Preregistration required at hshv.org. humaneed@hshv.org, 661-3575.


 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"Love Starts Here: The Humane Society of Huron Valley and Its Role in the Community": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Talk by HSVC humane education manager Jessie Hitt. Q&A.
For online meeting URL preregister at OLLI-umich.org. $30 (members, $5); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 5:30-8 p.m.  Online 

"Happy Hour Listening Party": University Musical Society Digital Artist Residency.

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Award-winning Beirut-born pianist Tarek Yamani and members of the Spektral Quartet, a Chicago-based jazz & classical chamber ensemble, perform music ingrained in each of their backgrounds and discuss how it has helped form their artistic identities. Part of a year-long collaboration exploring the junctures between Western classical, jazz, and traditional Arab music.
Online at ums.org/season/2020-21-season. Free. 764-2538.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Online 

"An Evening with NPR's Don Gonyea": U-M Michigan Radio.

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Veteran NPR national political correspondent Gonyea is joined by Michigan Radio personality Zoe Clark to discuss the 2020 election and its likely consequences.
7-8:30 p.m., for tickets ($10) and livestream URL, see https://michigan-radio.ticketleap.com/an-evening-with-nprs-don-gonyea/dates/Nov-18-2020_at_0700PM.


 7-9 p.m.  Online 

"Evenings with Aaron": Deep Spring 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. $10-$30 suggested donation. 477-5848, DeepSpring9@gmail.com.



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Thursday


November 2020
 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"The Many Consequences of Slavery: The Cost of Historical Injustices": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Nov. 5, 12, 19, & Dec. 3. Series of 6 weekly talks by various speakers.

Nov. 5: U-M School of Social Work community engagement director Trina Shanks on "Racial Wealth Gaps: Historical Precedents and Present Consequences."

Nov. 12: U-M political science professor Pamela Brandwein on "Reconstruction and the 1619 Project."

Nov. 19: U-M voice professor Louise Toppin on "African American Music and Its Contribution to the American Musical Landscape."

Dec. 3: Henry Ford Health System community health & equity senior vp and wellness & diversity chief officer Kimberlydawn Wisdom on "Black Maternal and Infant Mortality: What's History Got to do With It?"
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 10-lecture series. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Japan's Political Stability in Turbulent Times" U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Talk by U.S. State Department Office of Opinion Research Acting Asia division chief Sherry L. Martin.
For online URL preregister at umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kkgkutv-S32EMz2VMVhjBw. Free. 764-6307.


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ikebana International.

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Prerecorded videos of a session of this Japanese style of flower arranging led by instructors TBA.
For online URL email a2ikebana@gmail.com. Free.


 5:30-8 p.m.  Online 

"Happy Hour Listening Party": University Musical Society Digital Artist Residency.

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Award-winning Beirut-born pianist Tarek Yamani and members of the Spektral Quartet, a Chicago-based jazz & classical chamber ensemble, perform music ingrained in each of their backgrounds and discuss how it has helped form their artistic identities. Part of a year-long collaboration exploring the junctures between Western classical, jazz, and traditional Arab music.
Online at ums.org/season/2020-21-season. Free. 764-2538.


 6-6:10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Three AADL staffers each answer a book question in about 5 minutes, such as "What book do you never seem to get to?" and "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Next Administration: Post-Election Recap": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Ford School faculty discuss the 2020 Presidential election and the likely policy priorities of the next presidential term. With professors Betsey Stevenson, Shobita Parthasarathy, John Ciorciari, and Ford School public policy dean Michael S. Barr.
For online URL see FordSchool.umich.edu/event/2020/next-administration-post-election-recap. Free. 615-9691.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Marlee Grace and Jacqueline Suskin: At Home with Literati.

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California-based self-help writer Grace is joined by California poet Suskin to discuss Grace's new book, Getting to Center: Pathways to Finding Yourself Within The Great Unknown.
For online URL preregister at bit.ly/gettingtocenter2020. Free. 585-5567.


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Friday


November 2020
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Inspired by Genealogical Research": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Massachusetts-based writer Wendy Chapin Ford, a U-M grad, and others TBA share stories of family history research. Discussion led by U-M Clements development director Angela Oonk.
For online URL preregister at myumi.ch/gjgzR. Free. 649-3370.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Nov. 6 & 20. Livestream readings by U-M creative writing grad students, featuring poetry, fiction, and more.
Online at tinyurl.com/WebsterSeries. Free. 764-6330.


 8-10 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]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Nov. 6, 13, & 20. Livestream talks by various artists.

Nov. 6: Mexican multimedia artist Pedro Reyes and Museo Tamayo (Mexico City) director Magalí Arriola discuss Reyes's playful, socially conscious work and the ways art can create solutions for real-world problems.

Nov. 13: User-experience designer Kelly Murdoch-Kitt on "The People Beyond the Screen: Designing for human connection."

Nov. 20: New Delhi-based artist collective Raqs Media Collective on their work and how they create art during Covid-19.
Online at stamps.umich.edu/stamps or dptv.org. Free. 936-0671.


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Saturday


November 2020
 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"ABC's of Video": MacTechnics.

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MacTechnics education vice president Fred Seitz discusses the evolution of digital video and how to capture and share moving moments with your devices. (11 a.m.-noon). The program ends with a Q&A with resident Macintosh experts on how to use Mac devices.
For meeting URL email Contact@MacTechnics.org. Free. MacTechnics.org.


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Sunday


November 2020
 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, humane education lesson, and dog meet-and-greet. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
$10. Preregistration required at hshv.org. humaneed@hshv.org, 661-3575.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Sunday Talks: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun.Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche reflects on Tibetan Buddhist teachings on such matters as wisdom, generosity, patience, and enthusiasm, and discusses how to implement them in ordinary life.
For livestream URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994-3387.


 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Windmills and Wooden Shoes: Dutch Genealogy": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by Hunting Down History (Holland, MI) founder and lead genealogy "huntress" Megan Heyl. Followed at 3:15 p.m. by "Colorizing Black and White Digital Photographs," a talk by club members Mike Christiaens and Mike Gerding.
For online URL email info@WashtenawGenealogy.org. Free. 483-2799.






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