Ian Robinson’s Interesting Events this Week

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We are getting into the heart of the Washtenaw County holiday craft/art season this weekend with the 2nd annual Winter Art Tour: arts and crafts on display across Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti this weekend. Ten shows, 300 artists. Check it out (now, the funk soul brother. Right about now.) 
I’m writing this message from deep in the Ecuadorian jungle. That’s right. I’ve decided to flee the country. The combination of crickets, soap operas from the neighbor’s TV and some barking dogs have made for relaxing ambient noise as I put this message together. Depending on my work/internet availability/adventures, I want to set low expectations for the probability of my sending out emails for the next couple of weeks. (You can have your money back.) 



Ann Arbor Distilling Company 2 Year Anniversary Party
I don’t know what I can add that isn’t in the title. There will be a special cocktail menu and food for purchase from the Grange’s chef. 
7 PM · Ann Arbor Distilling Company
DAAS African Diasporic Film Festival. The Boers at the End of the World
A documentary about a community of Boers, South African farmers, who fled the country in 1902 and settled in Patagonia (apparently its rugged landscape reminded them of South Africa). There about just over 100 of them remaining, just 50 of them speak their mother tongue of Afrikaans, and the community is coming to grips with the fact that the culture is dying The film follows one family’s journey back to South Africa. The film is directed by the last person to interview Nelson Mandela in private, which is quite a distinction. 
Hatcher Library, 4-6 pm
China’s Economic Reform in the Wake of the 19th Party Congress
David Dollar, Brookings Institution, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, John L. Thornton China Center
Leading China scholar leads a discussion on the state of Chinese economic reforms in light of the leadership decisions from the last Party Congress and what that means for US-China relationships. 

Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 4-5:30 pm

Robert Quinn

Positive Links Speaker Series: Becoming who you really are: Learning to do what organizations cannot do for you – Robert E. Quinn
This lecture series is one of the best things happening on campus. Prof. Quinn, a leading scholar on positive organization scholarship, will be talking about how to become ourselves and how to help others through that process, too. I want to be me, and you should be you. How can we make that happen? Go to this talk I guess. (I won’t be able to make it, can someone take notes?)

Ross Blau Colloqium, 4-5 pm
Science for Who?
The third in a series of conversation about making science anti-racist and making sure that science is done for people, instead of maintaining or strengthening current power dynamics. Seems like a great conversation to have, especially in light of what seems to be an attack on science by those in the majority party in Congress and the executive branch. 

Dana 1046, 4 pm

Ross Diaries
Students will be sharing intimate, compelling stories about events that have played transformative roles in their lives. People opening up and becoming great storytellers at the same time. I defy you to deny that this is a great opportunity.

Ross Robertson Auditorium, 5:30-7 pm

The Moth Storyslam
True stories told live without notes. This week’s theme is “dirt.” Debating about whether to make my wry comment about how a family friend has called me dirt face since I fell off a swingset when I was 8 or something about the Mueller investigation. Seems that I’ve done both.
Greyline, Doors at 6:30

David Martin and Mary Walsh

The New Cold War
David Martin and Mary Walsh, a CBS News team and winners of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Award Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense, will discuss covering the possibility of nuclear war, an idea that felt very “20th century,” but has seen a resurgence these days. (Rolls eyes, asks to be woken up from this nightmare, sighs, continues writing email).
Ford Library, 7 pm

Richard Retyi: The Book of Ann Arbor
Richard Retyi is part of the Ann Arbor Stories Podcast, works at the Ann Arbor District Library, and used to be a sports information director for the U-M women’s volleyball team (when I covered them). His debut book  includes 41 stores from the city’s history. Rich is great. You should support him and listen to his podcast, too. 

Literati, 7:00pm


Futures of Law and Political Inclusion
LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester Symposium: Crisis Democracy
An opportunity to think about the future of political participation, inclusion and expression with some luminaries in the field. The Futures of Law and Political Inclusion panel features:
Jowei Chen, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Michigan
Ellen D. Katz, Ralph W. Aigler Professor of Law, University of Michigan
Reuben Miller, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
Hatcher Library Gallery, 2-4 pmFutures of Free Speech, Safe Space, and Political Expression
LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester Symposium: Crisis Democracy
The Futures of Free Speech, Safe Space, and Political Expression panel features:
Matthew Countryman, Associate Professor, American Culture and History, University of Michigan
Christina Hanhardt, Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Maryland
LaKisha Simmons, Assistant Professor, History and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
(This feels like a double header of heavy-hitting talk about the future of democracy. This is why MLB should schedule double headers)
Hatcher Library, 4-6 pmA 21st Century Model for Disseminating Knowledge
Computer Science Engineering Distinguished Lecture with Robert Sedgewick, Princeton University
BBB 1670, 4:30-5:30When Science is in Defense of Value-Linked Facts
Professor Emeritus Donald Munro, University of Michigan
Michigan League Hussey Room, 5-6:15 pm

COP23 Q&A + Happy Hour
Join U-M students who were delegates at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties meeting in Bonn, Germany. They will talk about the state of climate action for the world and US (maybe it’s a good thing this event is at a bar). They are all lovely people who had a great experience. Plus there will be food and beverages. 

5 PM · Arbor Brewing Company


Futures of Democratic Social Movements
LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester Symposium: Crisis Democracy
The Futures of Democratic Social Movements panel features:
Cedric de Leon, Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University
Jessica Garrick, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of Michigan
Maria Cotera, Associate Professor, American Culture and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
Hatcher Library Galler, 12-2 pm

Buster Simpson: Art Antioxidant
Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series
I have trouble paraphrasing these artist descriptions because I’m afraid to lose some of the meaning. I’m just going to say that Simpson has been producing infrastructure and planning projects, sculptures and museum pieces for more than 50 years. This lecture series never lets me down. So I recommend going. 

Michigan Theater, 5-6:30 pm

Munger Case Competition Fall 2017: Poverty Solutions
Twice a year, Munger hosts a competition to get interdisciplinary teams to come up with solutions to wicked problems. Students are asked to address the root causes of poverty. No one is pulling any punches when it comes to the wickedness of the questions.
Munger 8th Floor, 6-8 pm

Groundcover Story Slam: Odd Encounters (Uncensored)
Similar to The Moth, participants are asked to tell a 5 minute story. The theme this time is “odd encounters.” 
7:30 PM · Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Washington St.

Songs for Optimists with Ray Hough
Ray’s music draws from American folk, blues, country, Scottish/Irish, Hawaiian, and calypso. An evening of uplifting and smile-inducing melodies. You might recognize some songs. You might learn a few along the way. You will definitely have a good time. 
AADL downtown, 7-8:30


Richard Lui

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Richard Lui to moderate Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel
Lui has been covering politics for over 25 years. He is sure to bring some great questions and moderation to this panel. I don’t know who else is on this panel, but if Lui is on board, you better believe that everyone else will be up to his high standard. Liu also has experience building companies, making him an ideal person to moderate this chat. 
Walgreen Drama Center, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

CSAS Lecture Series | “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance”: Modi’s Statue of Unity and the Sense of Scale
Kajri Jain, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto
Weiser Hall 110, 4-5:30 pm

NASA pioneer Professor Margaret G. Kivelson
Her lecture is titled “Magnetic Structures in the Solar System.”

3 PM · University of Michigan – Climate & Space Program·
SEAS Winter Solstice Party
The SEAS community rings in the holidays with this rollicking good time. Can someone update me on whether or not the Ecotones play?

3 PM, Dana Building

Tiya Miles: Examining the experiences of the unfree in the frontier outpost of Detroit

Literati hosts Miles, a former MacArthur genius award recipient,  for a talk about her latest book “Dawn of Detroit.” She talks about the role that slavery played in the history of Detroit. 
Rackham Auditorium, 4:15pm
DEI Guest Workshop: Rania El Mugammar
Artful Anti-Oppression, Inclusion + Equity
Walgreen Drama Center, 5 pm
Prison Creative Arts Project Art Auction
Prison Creative Arts Project will hold an auction to benefit the upcoming 23rd Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. I attended the auction and the annual exhibition the last couple of years. Such an amazing project.
6:30 p.m. Wine & Dessert Reception
7:30 p.m. Live Auction Begins
Michigan League Hussey Room, 6:30-8:30 pmCandy Making 101 with Keegan Rodgers
People’s Food Co-op head chef leads this sweet workshop. (I’m done)
AADL Downtown, 7:00-8:30 pm


Tiny Expo: Indie Holiday Art & Craft Fair
45 local artists will be selling handmade goods. This is part of the 2nd annual Winter Art Tour.
AADL downtown, 11 am – 5:30 pm

DYpsi Holiday Market
One of my favorite craft fairs in the area (and best event names). Take care of some of your holiday shopping and enjoy a wonderful day in Ypsilanti.

Riverside Arts Center (Ypsi), Saturday and Sunday

58 Greene Presents: How I Met The Greenies
Great music without instruments by this a cappella group. I know that part of that last sentence was redundant. 
7 PM · Rackham Auditorium

Chamber Choir: “Connections”
Pre-concert lecture with graduate choral conductor Jessica Allen at 7:15 PM in the lower lobby.
Bates- Mass Transmission (for organ, recording, and choir)
Handel- Zadok the Priest
O’Regan- Turn; Laus et gloria; I listen to the stillness of you Mathias- O nata lux
Lauridsen- O magnum mysterium
Dove- Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars
Todd- My Lord has come
Hill Auditorium, 8 pm


Congolese Class Showing
Many of my friends have taken this class in the past. At the end of the semester, they put on a show to show what they’ve learned. And maybe you’ll be able to learn something in the process by attending. 
Dance Building, 2 pm

Jim McBee

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