U-M creative writing alum to speak Friday

On Friday at 4 p.m., author and Nigerian priest Uwem Akpan -- a 2006 graduate of the U-M MFA creative writing program -- will speak at Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library about his debut short story collection, Say You're One of Them, which won a 2009 Oprah book award. The five stories in the book, set in five separate African countries, reflect the wisdom and resilience of children, even in horrible circumstances. At U-M, the author is a former Career-in-the-Making Fellow in the Institute for the Humanities.

Web 2.0 Meet Jazz. Jazz, Web 2.0

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The University of Michigan - Flint's Jazz Ensemble is holding a unique concert this season, blending the smooth sounds of jazz with the social media site Twitter.

Audience participants who bring a laptop or other wireless device (iPhone, perhaps), will be able to join a Twitter conversation with Flint Faculty and each other.

The concert will be held December 9th at 7:30 PM at the University Theater. For More Details.

Feast for eye and mind

If you haven't yet visited The Future of Our Past: The Evolution of Multicultural Children's Literature, do it before this magical exhibit closes Nov. 29. Among books on display are In the Beginning: Creation Stories From Around The World and More More More Said The Baby: 3 Love Stories. This joint exhibit of AADL and the University of Michigan Special Collections Library includes books from the UM Children's Literature Collections and material highlighting world cultures. The exhibit is in the glass cases on the lower level of the downtown library. Don't miss it!

Fremont, USA: A City's Encounter With Religious Diversity

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Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Downtown Library/MPR, the film, 'Fremont, USA: A City's Encounter With Religious Diversity' will be shown, followed by a discussion with Director, Ellie Pierce, from the Harvard Pluralism Project.

This film explores the complex and challenging issues of religious diversity in Fremont, California, a city transformed by new immigration. Through civic engagement and interfaith action, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Buddhists have gone from being strangers to neighbors in this American city.

This event is part of the University-Community Social and Environmental Film and Discussion Series sponsored by the Michigan Community Scholars Program and AADL.

Football Saturday Parking: The Real Game Has New Option

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Attention Tailgaters! There's a new option for parking near the Big House. The City of Ann Arbor's utility yard at 2000 S. Industrial, near the water tower, will open three hours prior to kick-off. Parking is $25 per car, paid in cash. The lot is alcohol-free and offers several picnic tables and on-site portajohns. Parking is first-come, first-serve so make your game day plan early.

Bookishness: The New Fate of Reading in the Digital Age

Don't miss the University of Michigan symposium on Friday, May 15th: "Bookishness: The New Fate of Reading in the Digital Age", an event co-sponsored by the Michigan Quarterly Review and Rackham Graduate School.

Speakers:
Paul Courant / Alan Liu / Phil Pochada / Jessica Pressman / Leah Price / Sam Tanenhaus

This event is free and open to the public.
Location: 3222 Angell Hall
9:30 - 10:00: Coffee and Refreshments
10:00 - 12:00: Panel on New Reading Practices and Literacies in a Digital Age
2:00 - 4:00: Forum on New Institutions for the Digital Age

May 15th is also the first day of the Ann Arbor Book Festival.

University of Michigan and Tart Cherries

Dr. Sara Warber of University of Michigan Integrative Medicine researched the benefits of eating tart cherries and found that the Antioxidants may help with heart disease and inflammation. This is one of the topics discussed at the Experimental Biology 2009 meeting in New Orleans.

Read more about Michigan cherries and check out a consumer's guide to dietary supplements and alternative medicines.

And here's a story about cherries for the kids.

The Detroit Observatory and the Victorian Space Race

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How did the Detroit Observatory come to be? And why is it located in Ann Arbor and not Detroit? On Sunday, March 29, 2 to 3:30pm at the Pittsfield Branch, Karen Wright, Program Coordinator for the University of Michigan Detroit Observatory will discuss how the observatory was the centerpiece of President Henry Philip Tappan's efforts to transform the University of Michigan into one of the first research universities in the United States.

Everyone Has To Eat

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Everyone Has To Eat is one of many Open Space Technology (OST) events happening on the UM Campus this week. Local Food Summit members are eager to continue discussing local food matters in Washtenaw County. Everyone Has to Eat "is for anyone interested in discussing a wide range of topics related to local food production, consumption, preservation, sustainability, and justice.” The agenda for the meeting will be set by those participating. Bring ideas, questions, techniques, strategies, and answers. Bring your ears, wisdom, heart and mind for this important dialog.

Tuesday, March 24 | 6:30-10pm | 1024 Dana Bldg School of Natural Resources & Environment UM Central Campus

This weekend, try comic opera

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Check out Albert Herring, which opens today at Mendelssohn Theatre. The music in this three-act comic chamber opera is by Benjamin Britten, one of England’s best known composers. The libretto is by Eric Crozier. The U-M production was wittily previewed last month by the director, U-M Professor Robert Swedberg, in an appearance at our Pittsfield branch.. Read a preview of the show at Mlive.

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