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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of October 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


October 2021
 Noon-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Black Abrahamics: Recent Research on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Black Communities": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by University of Alabama religious studies professor Richard Newton, Xavier University (Cincinnati) gender and diversity studies professor Kayla Renée Wheeler, and U-M Judaic studies professor Bryan Roby.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/umjsoctober. Free. 763-9047.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Black Girls Must Die Exhausted": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Detroit native Jayne Allen is joined by poet-essayist Kate Baer to discuss (by way of Zoom) Allen's debut novel, the first in a trilogy about a young black woman whose picture-perfect life shatters following an unexpected medical diagnosis.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-10. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"General Alpheus Williams": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Plymouth-based Civil War historian Jack Dempsey discusses (via Zoom) his extensive biography of the Union general from Detroit.
For URL email jfepperson@gmail.com. Free. aacwrt.org.


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Tuesday


October 2021
 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Financing Schools in Michigan: Can We Do Better?": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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A Talk (via Zoom) by MSU economics professor Charles Ballard. The second of 10 monthly lectures.
For URL preregister at olli-umich.org. $80 (members, $55) for the 10-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998-9351.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tues., Sept. 21-Dec. 7. Weekly Zoom talks by scholars in Chinese history, literature, politics, and culture. Oct. 5: University of Chicago Chinese literature professor Ariel Fox on "Dramas of Endless Surplus in Early Modern China." Oct. 12: Harvard University sociology professor Ya-Wen Lei on "Mapping the Global Human Genome Editing Controversy." Oct. 19: Grinnell College literature professor and U-M grad Jin Feng on the "International Writing Program (1979-1988)." Oct. 26: Brown University history and environment studies professor Brian Lander on "The Ecology of China's Early Political Systems."
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/group/2625. Free. chinese.studies@umich.edu, 764-6308.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Racial Foundations of Public Policy": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Sept. 14-Nov. 23. Biweekly virtual lecture series that focuses on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy. Hosted by U-M Center for Racial Justice director Celeste Watkins-Hayes. Oct. 12: Duke University public policy professor William Darity on "Income & Wealth Inequality." Oct. 26: University of California public policy professor Rucker Johnson on "Education Policy."
For URL preregister at bit.ly/umracialfoundations. Free. 764-3490.


 6 p.m. 

"Detroit's Black Power Murals as Public Art": School of Art and Design, Eastern Michigan University.

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The School of Art and Design, Eastern Michigan University is pleased to announce a lecture titled "Detroit's Black Power Murals as Public Art," by Rebecca Zurier, Associate Professor, History of Art, University of Michigan, The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 12 from 6-7 pm in EMU's Halle Library Auditorium. The lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement at the EMU Art Gallery from Monday, September 13 through Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
Halle Library Auditorium, Eastern Michigan University, Halle Library is located at 955 W Circle Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197., Ypsilanti. Donation. 917-975-0146. gtom@emich.edu https://www.emugalleries.org



 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Detroit's Black Power Murals as Public Art": EMU Art Department.

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U-M art history professor Rebecca Zurier discusses Detroit murals that were painted a year after the 1967 Detroit uprising.
EMU Halle Library Auditorium (off Oakwood from Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. (917) 975-0146.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Practical Buddhism": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Tues. Recorded talks by the late Jewel Heart founder Gelek Rimpoche. Followed by livestream discussion.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/practicalbuddhism. Free. 994-3387.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Weaponized Whiteness: The Constructions and Deconstructions of White Identity Politics": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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WSU history professor emeritus Fran Shor discusses (via Zoom) her latest collection of essays.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-10. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7:30-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All ages invited to discuss the last book in German forester Peter Wohlleben trilogy.
Online at bit.ly/wisdomofnature. Free. 971-1157, MeetUp.com/Sierra-Club-Huron-Valley.


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Wednesday


October 2021
 All Day  Free!  Online 

2021 Taiwan Bunun Indigenous Music & Film Festival: Ann Arbor District Library/Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Oct. 13-27. Fifteen days of entertainment, available online, showcasing the Bunun, the indigenous people of Taiwan. "Listen to Bunun" (Oct. 13-27, available all day) is a musical performed by Bunun tribal members on their history as a people. "Bunun Music and Culture" (Oct. 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m.) is a livestream panel discussion with U-M Flint anthropology professor Daniel Birchok and 3 Taiwanese professionals involved with arts and culture, Chin-Lin Yang, Guo-Ching Wang, and Shiu-Lan Chuan. Q&A. "Chance and Intent: Bunun's Pasibutbut" (Oct. 19-27, all day) is a prerecorded talk by Taipei National University of Arts music professor Rung-Shun Wu. "Music and Instruments of the Bunun People of Taiwan" (Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.) is a livestream talk by U-M music professor Joseph Gascho. For film screening, see Films.
Various times, online at AADL.org. Free. adseetoo@att.net.


 Noon-1:30  Free!  Online 

"Centering Justice": Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.

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Livestream talk featuring 3 leaders of black, indigenous, and other people of color discussing what they understand it to mean to live in a just, equitable, and thriving society, while also giving examples of ways to get involved and take action in your community.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/attendcenteringjustice. Free, but donations accepted. infor@new.org.


 Noon-1:20 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Does Culture Matter? Complexity, Creativity, and Social Change in the Kyrgyz Republic": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Purdue University-Fort Wayne anthropology professor Noor O'Neill Borbieva.
For URL preregister at myumi.ch/r8Mr8. Free. 764-0351.


 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Teen Pride Book Talk: Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer discusses Mooncakes, writer Suzanne Walker and illustrator Wendy Xu's recent graphic novel about a teenage witch who helps a wandering werewolf, her long-time crush, contend with dark forces. Geared towards kids grades 6-12.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Translocas: The Politics of Puerto Rican Drag and Trans Performance": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Panel discussion on the latest book by U-M women's & gender studies professor Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes with fellow gender studies professors David Caron and Holly Hughes.
For URL preregister at myumi.ch/MEPVG. Free. heidiab@umich.edu, 764-9537.


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students": U-M Penny Stamps School of Art & Design.

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Harvard education professor Anthony Abraham Jack presents a Zoom talk on his latest book.
For URL see events.umich.edu/event/84618. Free. bbscott@​umich.​edu.


 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": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

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All invited to read and discuss (via Zoom) 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]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Energy Innovation for a Clean Future: The Carbon Dividend Act and Alternatives": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Lunch & Learn.

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Livestream talk on local and national perspectives on carbon taxes with city sustainability & innovations manager Missy Stults and Citizens Climate Lobby of A2 rep Mary Garton.
For URL see LWVwashtenaw.org (click "Calendar"). Free. 272-3634.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Zazen": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Portland (OR) writer Vanessa Veselka discusses (via Zoom) her 2011 debut novel about a twentysomething restaurant worker living in a parallel America on the verge of collapse. Veselka is joined in conversation by the host of All the Books!
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-10. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


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Thursday


October 2021
 All Day  Free!  Online 

2021 Taiwan Bunun Indigenous Music & Film Festival: Ann Arbor District Library/Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Oct. 13-27. Fifteen days of entertainment, available online, showcasing the Bunun, the indigenous people of Taiwan. "Listen to Bunun" (Oct. 13-27, available all day) is a musical performed by Bunun tribal members on their history as a people. "Bunun Music and Culture" (Oct. 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m.) is a livestream panel discussion with U-M Flint anthropology professor Daniel Birchok and 3 Taiwanese professionals involved with arts and culture, Chin-Lin Yang, Guo-Ching Wang, and Shiu-Lan Chuan. Q&A. "Chance and Intent: Bunun's Pasibutbut" (Oct. 19-27, all day) is a prerecorded talk by Taipei National University of Arts music professor Rung-Shun Wu. "Music and Instruments of the Bunun People of Taiwan" (Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.) is a livestream talk by U-M music professor Joseph Gascho. For film screening, see Films.
Various times, online at AADL.org. Free. adseetoo@att.net.


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Canada and the United States: Unidentical Twins": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 23-Oct. 28. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) contrasting the United States and Canada. Oct. 7: Johns Hopkins University Canadian studies professor Christopher Sands on "Trading Up? U.S. Trade with Canada 32 Years After the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement." Oct. 14: U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki on "Religion, Secularism, and Nationalism in Québec." Oct. 21: ​​​​Dalhousie University (Halifax) aboriginal law and policy professor Naiomi Metallic on "Canada and Indigenous Peoples: Where Are We?" Oct. 28: University of Toronto health policy professor Gregory P. Marchildon on "Beyond Fear and Loathing: Comparing the U.S. and Canadian Health Systems."
For URL preregister at olli-umich.org. $60 for the 6-lecture series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.


 Noon  Free!  Online 

U-M School of Environment & Sustainability 19th Annual Peter M. Wege Lecture.

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Livestream talk by current White House national climate advisor Gina McCarthy.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/umginamccarthy. Free. 764-6453.


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Mature Ministries: First Presbyterian Church.

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Former University Musical Society present Ken Fischer discusses his career with First Presbyterian Church member Marilyn Meeker, a longtime member of the UMS Choral Union. Preceded at noon by lunch.
Meet at the First Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. Masks & vaccines required. 355-2351. [map]


 5:30-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Powell: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This North Carolina-based novelist, whose literary thrillers evoke the writing of Jim Harrison and James Dickey, reads from and discusses his work. Q&A. Presented via Zoom but (public health considerations permitting) possibly also at UMMA Stern Auditorium. Powell also gives a talk tomorrow (see listing).
For more information and to preregister see events.umich.edu/event/84025. Free. kotziers@umich.edu.


 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Right to Have Rights": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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New York-based artist, writer and scholar Coco Fusco discusses (via Zoom) her research on Cuban artists confronting the state and the repressed

histories of revolutionary era Cuba. Followed by a Q&A moderated by U-M Latin American cultural studies professor Larry La Fountain-Stokes.
For URL see bit.ly/stampsfall2021. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Michigan Football Game Films 1930-1986: U-M Bentley Historical Library.

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A virtual talk by Bentley Historical Library Archivists Brian Williams & Greg Kinney explaining how information was added to enhance the viewers' experience in watching the mostly silent films, including annotations with time code for scoring and other significant plays, links to team rosters, box scores, and Michigan Daily game stories.
For URL preregister at bentley.umich.edu.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Thursday Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 9-Dec. 9 (except Nov. 25). Zoom talks by national and global scholars. Oct. 7 (noon-1:30 p.m.): Uppsala University (Sweden) economics professor Yoko Okuyama on "Empowering Women Through Radio: Evidence from Occupied Japan." Oct. 14 (7-8:30 p.m.): Doshisha University (Japan) political science professor Gill Steel on "Gender and Voting Preferences in Japan, Britain, and the United States." Oct. 21 (7-8:30 p.m.): University of Tokyo political science professor Rieko Kage on "Administrative Litigation Reform in Japan." Oct. 28 (7-8:30 p.m.): Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (Japan) professor Yeonju Lee on "Judging Inequality: Japan in Comparative Perspective."
Various times, for URL preregister at events.umich.edu/group/1003. Free. umcjs@umich.edu, 764-6307.


 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"A Conversation With Representative Elissa Slotkin": EMU Center for Jewish Studies.

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This Michigan congresswoman, a Democrat representing the Lansing-based 8th congressional district, discusses her life and career. Masks required.
7:30 p.m., EMU Student Center Auditorium. Also available via Zoom by preregistering at tinyurl.com/RepSlotkin. Free. jewish.studies@emich.edu.


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Friday


October 2021
 All Day  Free!  Online 

2021 Taiwan Bunun Indigenous Music & Film Festival: Ann Arbor District Library/Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Oct. 13-27. Fifteen days of entertainment, available online, showcasing the Bunun, the indigenous people of Taiwan. "Listen to Bunun" (Oct. 13-27, available all day) is a musical performed by Bunun tribal members on their history as a people. "Bunun Music and Culture" (Oct. 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m.) is a livestream panel discussion with U-M Flint anthropology professor Daniel Birchok and 3 Taiwanese professionals involved with arts and culture, Chin-Lin Yang, Guo-Ching Wang, and Shiu-Lan Chuan. Q&A. "Chance and Intent: Bunun's Pasibutbut" (Oct. 19-27, all day) is a prerecorded talk by Taipei National University of Arts music professor Rung-Shun Wu. "Music and Instruments of the Bunun People of Taiwan" (Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.) is a livestream talk by U-M music professor Joseph Gascho. For film screening, see Films.
Various times, online at AADL.org. Free. adseetoo@att.net.


 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Book Fairs 101: The Hunt and the Hype": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Livestream discussion with Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair organizers Jay Platt and Garrett Scott on the history of their fair, as well as general tips on how to get the most out of book fairs. The 41st Annual Antiquarian Book Fair is on October 17th (see listing).
For URL preregister at clements.umich.edu/public-programs/bookworm. Free. 649-3370.


 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"The Ethics and Aesthetics of Writing Violence": U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Lecture by award-winning novelist Mark Powell. Presented via Zoom but (public health considerations permitting) possibly also in Angell Hall #3222.
For more information and URL see events.umich.edu/event/84026. Free. kotziers@umich.edu.


 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 

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

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Every Fri., Sept. 17-Nov. 5. Weekly online lecture series featuring scholars, reporters, and government officials, followed by Q&A. Oct. 1: U-M Organizational Studies professor Jeremy Levine on "Urban Governance, Development and Inequality in Boston." Oct. 8: Duke University Public Policy and Political Science professor Carolyn Barnes on "Low-income Families and the New Welfare State." Oct. 15: U-M Social Work professor Terri Friedline on "Why Financial Technology Won't Save a Broken System." Oct. 22: HuffPost senior national correspondent Jonathan Cohn on "Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage." Oct. 29: University of New Hampshire physics professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein on "A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred," a discussion of racism and sexism in the sciences.
For more information and to preregister see bit.ly/umpovertysolutionsfall2021. Free.


 4:30-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"India's Newest Poses: The Imaginative Life of Yoga": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Shameem Black, a literary, gender, and cultural studies scholar of modern India at Australian National University.
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/event/85979. Free. csas@umich.edu, 615-4059.


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Saturday


October 2021
 All Day  Free!  Online 

2021 Taiwan Bunun Indigenous Music & Film Festival: Ann Arbor District Library/Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Oct. 13-27. Fifteen days of entertainment, available online, showcasing the Bunun, the indigenous people of Taiwan. "Listen to Bunun" (Oct. 13-27, available all day) is a musical performed by Bunun tribal members on their history as a people. "Bunun Music and Culture" (Oct. 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m.) is a livestream panel discussion with U-M Flint anthropology professor Daniel Birchok and 3 Taiwanese professionals involved with arts and culture, Chin-Lin Yang, Guo-Ching Wang, and Shiu-Lan Chuan. Q&A. "Chance and Intent: Bunun's Pasibutbut" (Oct. 19-27, all day) is a prerecorded talk by Taipei National University of Arts music professor Rung-Shun Wu. "Music and Instruments of the Bunun People of Taiwan" (Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.) is a livestream talk by U-M music professor Joseph Gascho. For film screening, see Films.
Various times, online at AADL.org. Free. adseetoo@att.net.


 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Death Cafe.

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



 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Livestream docent-led tour on "Looking at Greek Pottery."
For URL see lsa.umich.edu/kelsey. Free. 764-9304, KelseyMuse@umich.edu.


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Sunday


October 2021
 All Day  Free!  Online 

2021 Taiwan Bunun Indigenous Music & Film Festival: Ann Arbor District Library/Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Oct. 13-27. Fifteen days of entertainment, available online, showcasing the Bunun, the indigenous people of Taiwan. "Listen to Bunun" (Oct. 13-27, available all day) is a musical performed by Bunun tribal members on their history as a people. "Bunun Music and Culture" (Oct. 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m.) is a livestream panel discussion with U-M Flint anthropology professor Daniel Birchok and 3 Taiwanese professionals involved with arts and culture, Chin-Lin Yang, Guo-Ching Wang, and Shiu-Lan Chuan. Q&A. "Chance and Intent: Bunun's Pasibutbut" (Oct. 19-27, all day) is a prerecorded talk by Taipei National University of Arts music professor Rung-Shun Wu. "Music and Instruments of the Bunun People of Taiwan" (Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.) is a livestream talk by U-M music professor Joseph Gascho. For film screening, see Films.
Various times, online at AADL.org. Free. adseetoo@att.net.


 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.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Badge 112 Book Share": Washtenaw County Historical Society.

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The Washtenaw County Historical Society is sponsoring a "Badge 112" Book Share event hosted by the Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday, October 17th from 2-4 p.m.
It will be he held at the Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Rd. in Ann Arbor. We'll discuss the origin of the book and the characters that comprised Ann Arbor Law Enforcement from 1985-2004.
Books will be available and you are welcome to bring copies to be signed. We hope to see you there.
Westgate Branch Ann Arbor District Libary, 2503 Jackson Rd. Free. 734-657-7742. pgstipe@yahoo.com [map]


 4-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Love of Wisdom, Ancient Sources, and Innovation in Medieval Philosophy: Contemplative Desire According to Henry of Ghent": U-M Department of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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Zoom talk by University of Detroit Mercy history professor Juan Carlos Flores.
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/event/85743. Free. 763-2066.


 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists": EMU Art Department.

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Panel discussion following the closing ceremony of this exhibition (see Galleries), with 2 featured artists, Allie McGhee and Shirley Woodson, and WSU art history professor Samantha Noel and Detroit Black figurative artist Tylonn Sawyer.
EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood (between Washtenaw & N. Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. gtom@emich.edu. [map]






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