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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of September 20, 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


September 2021
 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Road Ahead for U.S.-Russia Relations": U-M Ford School of Public Policy Weiser Diplomacy Center.

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A Zoom talk with former Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, and Center for European Policy Analysis (Washington, D.C.) president Alina Polyakova.
For URL see bit.ly/fordusrussia. Free. 764-3490. fspp-events@umich.edu.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Huron River Arts Collective (formerly Ann Arbor Women Artists).

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Livestream talk by local printmaker Paloma N˙ñez-Regueiro, an Ann Arbor Art Center instructor.
For URL see HuronRiverArtCollective.org. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ecological Species Groups and Post-Fire Forest Succession at Mack Lake": Michigan Botanical Club.

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WSU environmental researcher Julie Sosin discusses how reliably certain flora species indicate soil fertility and moisture levels in jack pine forests in northern Lower Michigan.
For meeting location email khaw@comcast.net. Free. 718-6114.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Egg Marks the Spot": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Children's writer Amy Timberlake discusses (via Zoom) her latest picture book, a sequel to the award-winning Skunk and Badger, in which that titular odd couple embark on an adventure to recover a precious gemstone from crafty cousin Fisher. With illustrations by Caldecott medalist Jon Klassen, Timberlake conjures a complex animal society reminiscent of Frog and Toad and The Wind in the Willows.
For URL see LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-09. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


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Tuesday


September 2021
 Noon.  Free!  Online 

"Female Legislators in the Chinese Congress": U-M Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lecture Series.

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Livestream talk by University of Pennsylvania social sciences professor Yue Hou.
For URL preregister at myumi.ch/0WKd9. Free.


 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Why You Should and Should Not Be Worried about American Democracy": U-M Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professorship in Political Science Inaugural Lecture.

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A Zoom lecture by U-M political science professor Ken Kollman.
For URL see bit.ly/kenkollman. Free.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Sept. 7 & 21. Club members show their projected images (Sept. 7) and prints (Sept. 21) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Bridges." Also, presentations include "Style in Photography," (Sept. 7), by member Greg Czarnecki who uses an automotive theme and music to explore a style that captures images from different perspectives, and member Dietmar Haenchen on "Images of Southern India and Myanmar (Burma)" (Sept. 21). Proof of Covid vaccination required.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 Liberty. Free. 327-4781. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"How to Fill Two B2B Trail Gaps and Build a Campus-to-Campus Bikeway": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Livestream talk by Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition member Larry Deck.
Online at bit.ly/b2btrailgaps (meeting ID: 328 805 1893; passcode: wa4KXN). Free. hvg@Michigan.SierraClub.org, MeetUp.com/Sierra-Club-Huron-Valley.


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Wednesday


September 2021
 Noon  Free! 

"Community Town Hall: Poverty, Racism and Trauma": United Way Washtenaw County.

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The Community Townhall: Poverty, Racism, and Trauma is a discussion between subject matter experts on the impacts that poverty, racism, and trauma have had on our community. These are the root causes of many of the issues we see today.
We will also be joined by representatives from both the private and public sectors that work with our community. Through their stories, we will explore the root causes of Racism, Poverty, and Trauma in Washtenaw County and learn collectively how to be a part of the solution.
The Community Townhall will be on Wednesday, September 22nd from 12:00pm - 12:45pm. This online event is free to the public.
Virtual. Free. erobinson@uwwashtenaw.org https://www.uwwashtenaw.org/communitytownhall2021



 Noon-12:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Community Town Hall: Poverty, Racism, and Trauma": United Way Washtenaw County.

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Virtual panel discussion with representatives TBA from both the private and public sectors that work directly with affected populations in the county. Q&A.
For URL see uwWashtenaw.org/CommunityTownHall2021. Free. erobinson@uwWashtenaw.org.


 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"Working in Clay: The Motawi Tileworks Story": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Motawi founder and creative director Nawal Motawi discusses (via Zoom) her local company's history, creative process, and business strategy. First of 4 monthly lectures on a variety of subjects.
For URL preregister at olli-umich.org. $60 for the series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Meditation and Discussion: Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Every Wed. All invited for a silent group meditation with a focus on breathing, followed by a discussion on Dharma led by KTC resident Lama Nancy Burks.
KTC, 614 Miner St. (enter through the back door). Free. 678-7549, AnnArborKTC.org. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word over Zoom": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

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Double bill reading. Veteran Michigan poet Laurence W. Thomas is the author of several collections, including his latest The Cottage, A Little of This, and Spindrift, and the editor of the literary journal Third Wednesday. Ed Werstein is an award-winning Wisconsin poet whose eclectic free-verse poems address everything from current social justice issues to fighting the urge to sleep while reading a good book. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mic.
7-8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free. cwcircle.poetry.blog. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Electric Cars: Past, Present, and Future": Salem Area Historical Society.

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Talk by Henry Ford Heritage Association member Russell Doré. Q&A.
South Salem Stone School, 7991 N. Territorial. $2 (members, free). Salem_Area_HS@yahoo.com. [map]


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Thursday


September 2021
 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Bach's Ornamentation": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Lecture-demo by U-M harpsichord professor emeritus Edward Parmentier on suggestions for teaching and playing Bach's ornaments-especially trills-using the French Suites as examples.
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. elenatsai007@gmail.com. [map]


 Noon.  Online 

"Lunch Bunch.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Informal virtual meeting following the Thursday Morning Lecture (see Sept.23 & Sept. 30) to share impressions and ask questions.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998-9351.


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community": U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Livestream talk by MIT Center for International Studies director Richard J. Samuels.
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/event/84105. Free.


 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"From Product to Process and Back Again: How Languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, English) and Cultures (Chinese, Japanese, "western") Shape our Ways of Thinking and Being": The Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Professorship in Chinese Studies, Inaugural Lecture.

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Talk by U-M Center for Chinese Studies director Twila Tardif. Livestream available at https://umich.zoom.us/j/97323670079.
Weiser Hall, 500 Church. [map]


 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Business and Government: Diversity, Regulation, and Sustainability": U-M Ford School of Public Policy Center on Finance, Law & Poverty.

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A Zoom talk with UPS international public affairs and sustainability president Penny Naas.
For URL see bit.ly/fordpennynaas. Free. 764-3490, fspp-events@umich.edu.


 5:30-7 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Brian Teare: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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A critically acclaimed poet whose writing navigates the space between environmental thought, queer experience, and disability reads from and discusses his latest collection, Doomstead Days, a series of walking meditations on our complicity with the climate crisis. Followed by a Q&A. Capacity limited; livestream available at tinyurl.com/ZellWriters. Teare also gives a talk tomorrow (see listing).
UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. [map]


 7 p.m.  Online 

"Miss Kim Virtual Cooking Demo": Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

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Miss Kim & YMOW staffers lead a hands-on demo (via Zoom) on how to prepare a Korean BBQ meal for 2. All ingredients included in a take-home kit available for pick up the day of the event between 4-6 p.m. at Miss Kim (415 N. 5th).
For URL preregister at ymow.org/cooking-with-miss-kim. $55.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Undermining Racial Justice: How One University Embraced Inclusion and Inequality": U-M Bentley Historical Library Making Michigan Series.

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Texas Tech history professor Matthew Johnson discusses (via Zoom) his recent book on race and admissions at U-M from the 1970s through the 2003 Supreme Court case Gratz v. Bollinger.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/bentleymakingmichigan. Free. 647-4354.


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Friday


September 2021
 9:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Picture a Scientist": U-M Institute for the Research of Women & Gender.

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Virtual screening of this 2020 documentary about challenges facing women in the sciences. Followed by a panel discussion.
For URL see irwg.umich.edu. 764-9537. Free.


 10-11 a.m.  Online  Hybrid 

"Writing Climate Crisis": Zell Visiting Writers Series Craft Lecture.

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Poet Brian Teare, whose work frequently explores our individual complicity with climate change, discusses the problems of writing about a crisis that challenges our sense of scale and our anthropocentrism. Capacity limited; livestream available at tinyurl.com/ZellWriters.
Angell Hall #3222, 435 S. State. Free. [map]


 Noon - 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Indivar Dutta-Gupta: U-M Poverty Solutions Fall Speaker Series.

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A virtual conversation with the co-executive director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality (GCPI), which works to develop and advance policy recommendations that alleviate poverty and inequality, advance racial and gender equity, and expand economic inclusion.
For more information and to preregister see bit.ly/umpovertysolutionsfall2021.


 Noon.  Free!  Online 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Stopping the Prison Pipeline: The Importance of Youth Justice Advocacy": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Lunch & Learn.

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Livestream talk by Mary King, a consultant for the Michigan Center for Youth Justice and the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/stopprisonpipeline. Free. LunchAndLearn@lwvAnnArbor.org.


 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Silver & Gold New Insights to Wire Formation": U-M Earth and Environmental Sciences Department Smith Lecture.

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Miami University (OH) mineralogy professor John Rakovan discusses (via Zoom) his work on the growth of the unusual ropelike crystalline structures of gold or silver that have eluded understanding for centuries.
For URL see events.umich.edu/event/83652. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Journalist Ann Hagedorn talks (via Zoom) about her latest book, a deeply researched profile of George Koval, an Iowa-born Soviet spy who used his connections in the military and academia to infiltrate the American atomic weapons program after WWII.
For URL see LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-09. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


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Saturday


September 2021
 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (2 & 4 p.m.), including the Nigerian pygmy goats, warthogs, giant bullfrogs, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]


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Sunday


September 2021
 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994-3387.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (2 & 4 p.m.), including the Nigerian pygmy goats, warthogs, giant bullfrogs, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Beyond Dry Facts: Telling Your Ancestor's Stories": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Livestream talk by Farmington Hills-based writer Laura Hedgecock, president of GeneaBloggers. Followed at 3:15 p.m. by a talk by club member Annette Baker on "Land Patents Records and the Bureau of Land Management Website."
For URL email Info@WashtenawGenealogy.org. Free. WashtenawGenealogy.org.


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Book of the Month Club: Vault of Midnight.

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Vault of Midnight staffers lead an online discussion on Jaime Hernandez's graphic novel The Girl From H.O.P.P.E.R.S. Anyone can join the conversation using the online chatbox.
Online at Facebook.com & YouTube.com (search "Vault of Midnight"). Free. 998-1413.


 2-3 p.m. 

"Animal Adaptations": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Science Alive (Grand Rapids) members show some live animals and discuss the ways they are adapted to their environments.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Preregistration required; space limited to 35. Recreation passport required. 475-3170. [map]


 4-5 p.m. or so.  Free!  Online 

LezRead Book Club.

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All queer women invited to discuss (via Zoom) the first half of Alix E. Harrow's recent many-layered atmospheric mystery, The Once and Future Witches. It's a story about estranged witches who share knowledge and build community at a time when witching is taboo.
For URL see a2LezRead.tumblr.com. Free. 686-4956.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Self Care Isn't Selfish": GrieveWell/WCC Senior Focus.

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Livestream discussion by GrieveWell program director Christy Miller of the natural process of grief and strategies for meaningful self-care.
For URL preregister at GrieveWell.com/calendar. Free. 975-0238.






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