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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of January 11, 2021

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 2021
 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Christine Hume: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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This EMU creative writing program coordinator reads from her new collection of memoir and essays, The Saturation Project, with 2-time Pushcart Prize-winning novelist Deb Olin Unferth.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-01. Free, donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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L.A.-based writer Virginia Postrel discusses her new book.
For online URL preregister at AnnArborFiberArts.org/contact. Free. AnnArborFiberArts@gmail.com.


 8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Hood's Medical History": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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All invited to join a live Facebook discussion of Stephen Hood's C-SPAN talk on his 2013 book John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General. For Hood's hour-long talk, see aacwrt.org/aacwnews.htm.
Online at Facebook.com (search "AACWRT"). Free. jfepperson@gmail.com.


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Tuesday


January 2021
 7:30-8:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Shoreline Management": Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division Stewards' Circle.

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Talk by Cardno (Brighton) senior ecologist Shawn Duke.
Online at tinyurl.com/SCZoom2021. Free. StewardshipNetwork.org.


 8:30-10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sunrise Nature": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle. Masks required.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd. Free. Preregistration required at boglee@washtenaw.org (capacity limited to 10). [map]


 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Special Collections After Hours: New Acquisitions of Medieval Manuscripts and Rare Books": U-M Library.

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Talk by curator Pablo Alvarez.
For online URL preregister at umlib.us/newrarebooks. Free. pabloalv@umich.edu, 936-2311.


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Memory Called Empire": Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss via video call Hugo Award-winning Arkady Martine's 2019 debut novel about interplanetary intrigue and culture clash.
For online URL email esrabkin@umich.edu. Free. www-personal.umich.edu/~esrabkin/fsftsched.html.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Strike for the Common Good: Fighting for the Future of Public Education": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Rutgers University labor studies and employment relations professor Rebecca Kolins Givan and Syracuse University English professor Amy Schrager Lang read from their new book.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-01. Free, donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Madness of Crowds": The Bioethics Discussion Group.

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All invited to discuss popular delusions. For more information see belmont.bme.umich.edu/bioethics-discussion-group/discussions/053-the-madness-of-crowds.
Online at umich.zoom.us/j/99926126455. Free.


 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Troubled Water: What's Wrong with What We Drink": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss New York writer Seth M. Siegel's new book.
For online URL email nshiffler@comcast.net. Free. 971-1157.


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Wednesday


January 2021
 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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All invited to read and discuss poetry or short fiction. Have your original work ready to share, if you wish.
7 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for online URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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Jan. 13, 20, & 27. All invited to discuss Washington University (St. Louis) law and religion professor John D. Inazu's 2016 book.
For online URL email roederer@umich.edu. Free.


 7 p.m.  Online 

"Jazz at the Lincoln Center's Swing University: Jazz as a Tool for Liberation": University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Every Wed. JALC education resources and public programs director Seton Hawkins leads a 4-week lecture-discussion series that explores jazz through a social justice lens. Guest artists TBA. It is a sequential series, but each talk can be viewed as a standalone event.

Jan. 6: "New Orleans and the Birth of Jazz."

Jan. 13: "Chicago and the Spread of Jazz."

Jan. 20: "New York and the Big Bands."

Jan. 27: "Detroit Before Motown."
online at ums.org/?s=jazz+as+a+tool. $10 per week (students, $5), for the 4-week lecture series, $30. 764-2538.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Rich Cohen, a writer for Rolling Stone and the New Yorker, discusses his new book with local sports writer John U. Bacon.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-01. Free, donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Who Needs Medicare for All?": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Virtual Brews & Views.

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Talk by Michigan for Single Payer Healthcare president Eli Rubin, a Western Michigan University history professor.
For online URL preregister at bit.ly/whoneedsmedicareforall. Free. 272-3634.


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Thursday


January 2021
 8 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Climate, Coffee, & Conversation": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

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All invited to chat about anything related to sustainability in the city and elsewhere.
Online at bit.ly/climatecoffeeandconversation. Free. zWaasSmith@a2gov.org.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Underground Railroad of Washtenaw County": First Presbyterian Church Lunch & Learn Series.

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Talk by African-American Historical and Cultural Museum of Washtenaw County board member Bev Willis.
Online at us02web.zoom.us/j/5502657984. Free. 662-4466.


 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Jazz Chats with Cool Cats": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local drummer Pete Siers and WEMU's former Groove Yard host George Klein discuss topics related to jazz and perform a program TBA. Live from KCH
Online at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Free, but donations accepted. [map]


 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.


 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Online 

"Chocolate & Mead": Zingerman's Delicatessen/ Bløm Meadworks.

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Zingerman's and Bløm's staffers sample and discuss several chocolates that go well with mead.
For online URL preregister at zcob.me/deli-tasting. Price TBA, includes samples available for curbside pickup.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Melanie Benjamin: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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This Chicago-based historical fiction writer discusses her new novel, The Children's Blizzard, with best-selling novelist (and U-M grad) Paula McLain. Benjamin's book is based on the little-known story of a freak snowstorm that swept the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of immigrant homesteaders.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-01. Free, donations accepted. 585-5567.


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Friday


January 2021
 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Fruits of Empire: Art, Food, and the Politics of Race in the Age of American Expansion": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Kent State University art history professor Shana Klein discusses her new book.
For online URL preregister at myumi.ch/nbk8k. Free. 649-3370.


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Saturday


January 2021
 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death. Hosted by The Dying Year owner Merilynne Rush, Diana Cramer and Rachel Briggs.
For online URL email Merilynne at TheDyingYear@gmail.com. Free.



 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Troubleshooting Your New Year's Gifts": MacTechnics.

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MacTechnics education VP Fred Seitz and information technologist Geronimo Felipe, and independent local "Mac Coach" Nicholas de Paul facilitate a troubleshooting session for problems raised by audience members.
For online URL email Contact@MacTechnics.org. Free. MacTechnics.org.


 Time TBA  Free! 

"20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration": Chelsea One World One Family.

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Jan. 15-25. Ten days of various community service activities geared towards individuals, families, and teams. To record your activity, participate in a bingo challenge (download your card at owof.org/mlkjrday2021.html). Also, on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., a "Community Discussion" on U-M's MLK Symposium. On Wednesday January 20 at 7 p.m., One World One Family members discuss "What is Restorative Justice."
All weekend, various locations; for complete schedule and updates see Facebook.com (search "Chelsea One World One Family"), owof.org/mlkjrday2021.html, or email OWOFChelsea@gmail.com. Free. 748-3564.


 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"37th Annual MLK Celebration": Crossroads of a Dream: What Now?": National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women.

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Keynote talk by Ypsi Township District Court judge-elect Erane Washington. Also, performances by youth from the School of Performing Arts (Flint) and more.
For URL preregister at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtc-morjMuHdA0KKwKxvEu-VGm1isVU2aO?_x_zm_rtaid=ExCuqmdSRzCBlhSjbPS1ZA.1610466008400.bc14895410f3e9e0c2c64cf2b9701fc1&_x_zm_rhtaid=749. Free. 355-2099.


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Sunday


January 2021
 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.


 Time TBA  Free! 

"20th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration": Chelsea One World One Family.

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Jan. 15-25. Ten days of various community service activities geared towards individuals, families, and teams. To record your activity, participate in a bingo challenge (download your card at owof.org/mlkjrday2021.html). Also, on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., a "Community Discussion" on U-M's MLK Symposium. On Wednesday January 20 at 7 p.m., One World One Family members discuss "What is Restorative Justice."
All weekend, various locations; for complete schedule and updates see Facebook.com (search "Chelsea One World One Family"), owof.org/mlkjrday2021.html, or email OWOFChelsea@gmail.com. Free. 748-3564.


 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sweet Greeks: First Generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Ann Flesor Beck, co-owner of multi-generational Flesor's Candy Kitchen (Tuscola, IL), discusses her new book, part memoir, part history.
For online URL preregister at CulinaryHistoriansAnnArbor.org/program-schedule. Free. a2culinaryhistorians@gmail.com.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Friday


January 2021
 Noon  Free!  Online 

Canceled: "Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Eat lunch during the video call, if you wish.
Noon, for online URL see TempleBethEmeth.org. Free.





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