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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of November 29, 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


November 2021
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Native American Heritage Month: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 1-30. AADL staffers read quotes, recommend books, highlight local artists, and more to celebrate the lives of Native Americans.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Jewish Community Center Jewish Book Festival.

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Nov. 21-Dec. 16. This annual festival features 23 Jewish authors giving livestream talks on their books, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children's books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.)Today: NYC-area writer Heather Cabot discusses her new book, The New Chardon nay: The Unlike ly Sto ry of How Mar i jua na Went Mainstream.
Online at book.jccannarbor.org. Free. 971-0990.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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University of California-Riverside philosophy professor Myisha Cherry joins (via Zoom) U-M philosophy professor Elizabeth Anderson to discuss Cherry's latest book, an argument that there is a constructive form of anger, informed by an inclusive and liberating perspective, that aims for change, motivates productive action, and builds resistance.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-11. Free. 585-5567.


 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Scott Ellsworth: Temple Beth Emeth.

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This U-M history professor discusses his books, including his recent New York Times bestseller about the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice. Livestream available at TempleBethEmeth.org.
TBE Sanctuary, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


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Tuesday


November 2021
 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Native American Heritage Month: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 1-30. AADL staffers read quotes, recommend books, highlight local artists, and more to celebrate the lives of Native Americans.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 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 talks on Zoom. Nov. 2: University of Chicago anthropology professor Alice Yao on "An Inquiry into Environmental Knowledge Production During the Han Dynasty." Nov. 9: Tsinghua University (Beijing) public policy professor Zhilin Liu on "When Campaign-Style Enforcement Meets Local Strategic Compliance: The Case of National Affordable Housing." Nov. 16: Albion College East Asian history professor Joseph Ho on "Visual Technologies, Missionary Modernity, and Transnational Visions in Sino-US Encounters." Nov. 23: London School of Economics social science professor Blake Miller on "The Logic of Social Media Repression in China." Nov. 30: University of Western Ontario economics professor Terry Sicular on "Catching up with the West: Chinese Households Join the Global Middle Class."
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/group/2625. Free. chinese.studies@umich.edu, 764-6308.


 1 & 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

34th Annual Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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Nov. 21-Dec. 16. This annual festival features 23 Jewish authors giving livestream talks on their books, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children's books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.) Today: Jerusalem-based writer Naomi Ragen discusses her new romance novel An Observant Wife, and U-M history professor Jeffrey Veidlinger on his recently released historical fiction, In the Midst of Civilized Europe.
Online at book.jccannarbor.org. Free. 971-0990.


 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Total Institutions and Reinvented Identities: Elite Sport as a Microcosm of K-society": U-M Center for Korean Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Loughborough (UK) University sport, exercise, and health sciences professor Minhyeok Tak.
For URL preregister at myumi.ch/7Zd7Y. Free. 764-1825.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Castaway Mountain: Love and Loss Among the Wastepickers of Mumbai": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Indian social entrepreneur, journalist, and activist Saumya Roy discusses (via Zoom) her new book, a look at the people who make their living picking trash on the outskirts of Mumbai. At turns warming and heartbreaking, Roy crafts a modern parable exploring the consequences of urban overconsumption.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-11. Free. 585-5567.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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Jan. 11 & 25 Recorded talks by the late Jewel Heart founder Gelek Rimpoche. Followed by livestream discussion.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/practicalbuddhism. Free. 994-3387.


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Wednesday


December 2021
 6 p.m. 

"Understanding Our Natural Capacity for Empathy and Altruism": Ann Arbor City Club Dine & Discover.

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Talk by U-M psychology professor Stephanie Preston. Dinner. Preceded at 5 p.m. by a reception.
City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $33 (members, $28); preregistration required. 662-3279. [map]


 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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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. cwcircle.poetry.blog. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Great Stork Derby": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Local writer Ann S. Epstein joins Danielle LaVaque-Manty of Fiction Writers Review to discuss (via Zoom) her latest novel, based on true events, about a man who in Depression-era Canada pressures his wife to have as many children as possible as part of a nation-wide fertility contest. Fifty years later, widowed, infirm, and estranged from his many children, he embarks on a journey to visit each one and make amends.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-12. Free. 585-5567.


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Thursday


December 2021
 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Our Changing Economics Landscape: Wealth Redistribution, Innovations, and Sustainability": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 25), Nov. 4-Dec. 16. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) on a variety of economic topics. Nov. 4: U-M economics professor Jim Adams on "Whither Capitalism?" Nov. 11 (11 a.m.): NYU business professor Robert Seamans on "The Economic Impact of Harnessing Artificial Intelligence." Nov. 18: Corporate tax consultant Reuven Avi-Yonah on "Tax Policy and Wealth Inequality in the US: Trends and Remedies." Dec. 2: U-M economics professor Dean Yang on "The Economics of Migration." Dec. 9: U-M finance professor Bob Dittmar on "Cryptocurrency: Economic and Environmental Impacts and U.S. Policy." Dec. 16: University of Chicago history professor Gabriel Winant on "How American Health Care Became So Chaotic."
10-11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted), 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.


 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

34th Annual Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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Nov. 21-Dec. 16. This annual festival features livestream talks by 24 Jewish authors on their books, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children's books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.) Today: Philadelphia fiction writer Pam Jenoff on The Woman With the Blue Star (1 p.m.), her new historical novel about an unlikely friendship between 2 young Polish women of similar ages during WWII, one Jewish, the other not.
Various times, online at book.jccannarbor.org. Free. 971-0990.


 5-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 2 & 9. Three AADL staffers each answer in 5 minutes or less their own book-related questions, such as "What book didn't live up to the hype?" or "What's your favorite classic?"
Online at AADL.tv. (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Community Workshop: U-M Prison Creative Arts Program.

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All are invited to join students, transformative justice advocates, and formerly incarcerated individuals in writing and drawing exercises, including working from prompts, with an emphasis on supportive group interaction. Also, livestream workshops (Dec. 2 & 9) available at myumi.ch/2DxyB.
East Quad rm. 1807, 701 East University. Free. Masks required. mheinen@umich.edu.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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Dec. 2 & 9. Talks (via Zoom) by global scholars. Dec. 2: Temple University Japan former president Kirk R. Patterson on "Japan as a Marine Tourism Mecca." Dec. 9: Sophia University (Japan) Japanese history professor Bettina Gramlich-Oka on "Creation of and Participation in Networks: Visiting the Japan Biographical Database" about the gendered history of Japanese demographic research.
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/group/1003. Free. umcjs@umich.edu, 764-6307.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"​​Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World.": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Former National Geographic design editor Oliver Uberti discusses (via Zoom) his new book, an award-winning work of data-driven cartography, co-written with James Cheshire, that illustrates everything from undersea cables and cell towers to human migration and changing climate.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-12. Free. 585-5567.


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"There's Corn in Our Hair? Adventures with Food": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Rebroadcast of a lecture by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, directors of the Peabody Award-winning documentary King Corn and cofounders of FoodCorps, a national team of Americorps leaders who help kids get healthy food.
For URL see bit.ly/stampsfall2021. Free.


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Friday


December 2021
 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Role of Strategic Ignorance in Indonesian Agrarian Development": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Cornell University global development professor Jenny Goldstein.
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/event/88960. Free. cseas@umich.edu.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Queen Mary University of London research fellow Alicia Spencer-Hall and U-M French professor Blake Gutt discuss (via Zoom) their new book.
For URL preregister at myumi.ch/9o2bX. Free. 615-6613.


 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"First Chapter Friday": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer reads to kids grades 5-8 the 1st chapter of Obie Is Man Enough, Schuyler Bailar's poignant young adult novel about a transgender kid navigating transition.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 4:30-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"(Indian) Animals Are Good to Think With": U-M Center for South Asian Studies Thomas R. Trautmann Honorary Lecture.

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UCLA Asian languages and cultures professor Stephanie Jamison discusses (via Zoom) the role of animal characters in ancient and medieval Indian literature.
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/event/85618. Free. csas@umich.edu.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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U-M creative writing grad students Caroline Harper (poetry) and Julie Cadman-Kim (fiction) read their work (via Zoom).
For URL see bit.ly/umwebsterreadings. Free. lmmorrow@umich.edu, 764-6330.


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Saturday


December 2021
 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"How Ultrasound May Be Ultra Useful for You!": U-M Physics Department Saturday Morning Physics.

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Livestream talk by U-M applied physics, biomedical engineering, and radiology professor Oliver Kripfgans.
For URL see SaturdayMorningPhysics.org. Free. 764-4437.


 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight": U-M Natural History Museum.

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U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry and sustainability lead various activities based on their current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about the people who lived there. For kids in upper elementary-adults.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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Dec. 4 & 18. Docent-led tours of the museum. Dec. 4: "Tales of Survivors." In-person look at how ancient objects survived to the present day. Dec. 18: Virtual tour of the museum's "Egyptian Collection."
Kelsey Museum (Dec. 4), 434 S. State, & for URL (Dec. 18) see lsa.umich.edu/kelsey. Free. Masks required. 764-9304.


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Sunday


December 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.


 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Digital News: Genealogical Research in Online Papers": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Livestream talk by Archives of Michigan (Lansing) archivist Kris Rzepczynski. Then, at 3:15 p.m. Rzepczynski discusses "Perilous Assumptions: Revisiting Those First Finds."
For URL email info@WashtenawGenealogy.org by Dec. 2. Free.






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