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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of June 7, 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


June 2021
 4-5 p.m.  Online 

"Torn from the Headlines": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Talk by a U-M expert TBA on a timely topic from the news, with an opportunity for an extended Q&A.
10-11:30 a.m., for URL preregister at for URL preregister at bit.ly/ollisignup. $35; members, $10. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A View From the Amster Center": Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.

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BlackRock chief executive Laurence Fink in 2018 noted that people were increasingly "turning to the private sector and asking that companies respond to broader societal challenges" and demanding that organizations "serve a social purpose."
At this meeting, we will learn how The Amster Center was created and is poised to help address social problems and improve lives.
Our guest speaker, David Peter Stroh, in his book Systems Thinking for Social Change, suggests that those working to bring about social change should ask, "Why have we not been able to solve the complex social problems that plague us in spite of our best intentions and efforts?"
The Amster Center was created and designed to question, unravel, and perform against unhelpful conventional modes of thinking that perpetuate chronic social problems.
For more information and to register, please visit: https://amstercenter.org/learn/
Online. Free. 734-769-0209. info@jfsannarbor.org https://jfsannarbor.org/event/a-view-from-the-amster-center/



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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The Onion and Reductress contributor Grace Perry is joined by L.A.-based entertainment journalist Cameron Sheetz to discuss Perry's new book. Q&A.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com/event/2021-06. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


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Tuesday


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

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

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All invited to join professional and amateur land stewards in an informal discussion on a monthly topic. This month's topic is "Rain Garden," and county water resources commissioner Susan Bryan is on hand to field questions.
Online at bit.ly/stewardscircle (meeting ID, 921 6530 3767; passcode, 155270). Free. 794-6627.


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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U-M Ford School of Public Policy professor John D. Ciorciar discusses the power and the pitfalls of the practice whereby the UN and other international actors have partnered with national governments weakened by civil conflict to share sovereign authority over key functions in order to bolster the rule of law.
10-11:30 a.m., for URL preregister at OLLI-umich.org. $35 per lecture (for 10-lecture series, $80); for members, $10 per lecture and $55 for 10-lecture series. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Making Wellness Connections": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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AASC intern Tanya leads a discussion on topics ranging from mindfulness, healthy eating, and the use of art and music for well-being.
Free. For URL, see A2gov.org/senior or call 794-6250.


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Necessary Beggar": Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Susan Palwick's 2005 novel about a family cast out of an idyllic realm who must learn to confront the difficulties of life.
For URL email esrabkin@umich.edu. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Writer, performer, and educator M.. Leona Godin, who is herself blind, is joined by J.T. Hill to discuss Godin's engaging & insightful new study of both the science and the cultural representations of blindness from Homer and King Lear to Star Wars and Stevie Wonder. Q&A.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com/event/2021-06. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


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Wednesday


June 2021
 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Centering Justice": Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.

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Monthly series featuring 3 leaders of black, indigenous, and other people of color discussing what it means to them to live in a just and thriving society.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/attendcenteringjustice. Free, but donations accepted. infor@new.org.


 7-8:45 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.
7-8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Portrait of a Mirror": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Washington, D.C.-based writer A. Natasha Joukovsky is joined by Jia Tolentino to discuss Joukovsky's debut novel, an adaptation of the myth of Narcissus as a modern novel of manners about 2 young, well-heeled couples whose parallel lives intertwine over the course of a summer, Q&A.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com/event/2021-06. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"What Can We Do about the Electoral College": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Virtual Brews & Views.

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Talk by area lawyer Maria Woloson, a board member of Oakland County LWV.
For URL see my.lwv.org/michigan/ann-arbor-area. Free. 272-3634.


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Thursday


June 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.


 10 - 11:30 a.m.  Online 

"No Food for Thought: Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes Across the Life Course": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Food insecurity has been a persistent social and health concern in the U.S. for the past several decades. This presentation will discuss the negative health outcomes associated with food insecurity for various populations across the life course, how national food insecurity has changed as a result of the COVID pandemic, and how our food assistance programs have responded to alleviating food insecurity at the national level.
Our speaker Dr. Cindy Leung, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, is a nutrition epidemiologist at U of M School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the experience of food insecurity and its negative influence on health. Dr. Leung earned her M.P.H. from UC Berkeley and her Sc.D. in Nutrition and Epidemiology from Harvard University.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone (734-998-9351). A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you a few days prior to the lecture.
Online. Online. $5. 734-998-9351. olli-umich.org https://www.olli-umich.org/



 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Peonies: Where Ephemeral Beauty Becomes Timeless": First Presbyterian Church Mature Ministries Lunch and Learn.

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Talk by U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum curator David Michener.
Free. For URL, email mrogers@firstpresbyterian.org.


 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The 2021 Livingston Awards Virtual Event: Wallace House.

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Hosted by Christiane Amanpour.
This year we're bringing our Livingston Awards ceremony online with all of the young talent, established leaders and inspiring journalism of our annual celebration. Open to everyone, please join our judges and sponsors to meet the winners, honor exceptional young reporters and celebrate the future of journalism.
Online. Free. Online. 7349987666. mastroj@umich.edu https://wallacehouse.umich.edu/livingston-awards/virtual-event/



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Appalachian Trail": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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U-M architecture & urban planning lecturer Phil D'Anieri is joined by local fiction writer Jeremiah Chamberlin to discuss D'Arnieri's new book about the colorful characters behind the conception, construction, and popularization of this 2000-mile-long hiking trail. Q&A.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com/event/2021-06. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


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Friday


June 2021
 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Artist Pop-Ups": The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Fri. Show and sale of works in various mediums by local artists. Also, "Artists on Main" every Fri. & Sat. featuring outdoor artist displays and sales at 330 S. Main. or abouts downtown.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. elizabeth@theguild.org. [map]


 Noon  Free!  Online 

Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: Science, Technology, and the Carceral State: U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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May 14, 21, & 28. A series of livestreamed panel discussions with scholars from around the world.

Topics with livestream URLs:

May 14: "Recasting the technologies of the carceral empire: India, South Africa, and the political paradoxes of post-colonial citizenship" (fordschool.umich.edu/event/2021/recasting-technologies-carceral-empire-india-south-africa-and-political-paradoxes-post).

May 21: "Criminal knowledge: Evidence, expertise, and the carceral state " (fordschool.umich.edu/event/2021/criminal-knowledge-evidence-expertise-and-carceral-state).

May 28: "Privatization, technology, and the carceral state " (fordschool.umich.edu/event/2021/privatization-technology-and-carceral-state).

June 4: Discussion of El Panóptico Ciego (The Blind Panopticon) (/fordschool.umich.edu/event/2021/discussion-el-panoptico-ciego

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June 11: Living in a carceral state. (fordschool.umich.edu/event/2021/living-carceral-state

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Noon., various URLs (see above). Free. fspp-events@umich.edu.


 Noon  Free!  Online 

"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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Saturday


June 2021
 10:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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University of Delaware entomology and wildlife ecology professor Douglas Tallamy discusses his new book which encourages homeowners to plant native flora. Followed by an online auction (opens at noon June 12; closes at noon June 19) with garden tools and more.
For URL preregister at AnnArborFarmAndGarden.org. Free, but donations welcome. 330-8521.


 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Artist Pop-Ups": The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Fri. Show and sale of works in various mediums by local artists. Also, "Artists on Main" every Fri. & Sat. featuring outdoor artist displays and sales at 330 S. Main. or abouts downtown.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. elizabeth@theguild.org. [map]


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Sunday


June 2021
 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.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon.  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Talks: Jataka Tales": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun. Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche discusses tales from this ancient collection of parables about the Buddha's previous lives.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994-3387.


 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Addressing Public Health Issues Equitably, Compassionately, and Justly": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion led by U-M environmental health sciences professor Simone Charles.
For URL email debbie@fumc-a2.org or call 662-4536. Free. TinyURL.com/FUMC-ConvScience-Religion.


 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor": Jewish Community Center/Beth Israel Congregation.

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Local historians Jon Milan and Gail Offen share anecdotes, photos, and a few recipes from their 2016 book.
For URL preregister at BethIsrael-aa.org/event/living-room-lectures5.html. Free. Engage@BethIsrael-AA.org.


 4-5:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Jamming Through the Ages": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Christina Sleeper, cofounder of the food preserving company Sleepers Gourmet (L.A.), discusses the history and process of making jams.
For URL preregister at CulinaryHistoriansAnnArbor.org/program-schedule. Free. a2culinaryhistorians@gmail.com.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Thursday


June 2021
 6-6:10 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Canceled: "Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.






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