Childhood Obesity

Tuesday March 5, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Susan Woolford, MD, MPH, and Kim. A. Eagle, M.D., M.A.C.C., present information on the childhood obesity epidemic and clinical programs that are trying to reverse the trend. Behavioral and surgical treatment options for children and adolescents with obesity will be additionally be covered, along with the use of mobile technology to enhance treatment outcomes. Information on Project Healthy Schools, a school-based program to increase physical activity and encourage healthier food choices, will be provided.

The U.S. is experiencing a childhood obesity epidemic. Over the past 30 years, childhood obesity has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents. Don't miss this important informational session that can jump start the path to a healthier life for your children.

UMS Night School: 100 Years Of UMS At Hill Auditorium: Session 7: Yo-Yo Ma, Classical Crossover, And the Future Of Hill

Monday February 18, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Classical music has been a driving force in the life of Hill Auditorium, but the field of classical music has changed significantly in the past 25 years and continues to evolve as audiences and artists alike change their expectations for live concert performances.

Session 7 explores the ways in which classical artists like Yo-Yo Ma have "crossed over" and created broader and more diverse concert audiences. We'll also explore how new technologies are changing the concert hall itself.

Professor Mark Clague joins us again as host and resident scholar.

UMS Night School: 100 Years Of UMS At Hill Auditorium: Session 6: Sing Out: Soloists At Hill

Monday February 4, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Musical luminaries have lit up the stage at Hill Auditorium for over 100 years. In Session 6, we explore some of the great soloists (like Vladimir Horowitz, Leontyne Price, Enrico Caruso, Cecilia Bartoli, and Sergei Rachmaninoff) that have cemented University Musical Society's identity as a top-notch, world-class performing arts presenter.

Professor Mark Clague joins us again as host and resident scholar.

UMS Night School: 100 Years Of UMS At Hill Auditorium: Session 5: Global Beats in the Aisles

Monday January 28, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Over the years, the University Musical Society has turned Hill Auditorium into a global stage. Session 5 explores UMS's history of global music performances at Hill Auditorium, including a recent performance by Mexico's Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and the upcoming one by Benin's Angelique Kidjo.

This season of Night School focuses on 100 years of UMS at Hill Auditorium. Professor Mark Clague joins us again as host and resident scholar.

Bright Nights Community Forum: Lean On Me: Helping A Loved One To Cope With Depression

Tuesday January 29, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Depression is not simply a bad mood or a passing case of the blues. It is a real illness which affects not only the individual, but everyone who cares about him/her.

Laura Nitzberg, LMSW, Assistant Director of Psychiatric Social Work, will outline some of the challenges of providing support for a friend or family member with depression, as well as some helpful strategies.

Her presentation will be followed by audience Q&A with expert panelists. This Bright Nights Community Forum is presented by the UM Depression Center.

UMS Night School: 100 Years Of UMS At Hill Auditorium: Session 4: Jazz In the Hall

Monday January 14, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This season of UMS Night School sessions is dedicated to celebrating the 100 years of the University Musical Society at Hill Auditorium. Professor Mark Clague will lead this session and explore the history of jazz performances of Hill Auditorium and will touch on the venue's upcoming jazz tribute from Detroit's Cass Corridor.

Adjusting To Your Child's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Diagnosis

Wednesday December 12, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

If you have a child who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), then you understand the many challenges ASD presents and how those challenges evolve as the child grows.

This presentation, featuring Dr. Fiona Miller, will focus on describing the range of challenges that parents report, how those challenges change over time, and strategies for coping with them. Dr. Miller is a licensed clinical psychologist who supervises and practices in the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program at the University of Michigan Center for the Child and the Family.

UMS Night School Session 3: HILL-ELUJAH! The Messiah And UMS Traditions At Hill

Monday November 19, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Professor Mark Clague joins us again as host and resident scholar for Session 3 of UMS Night School.

Students will learn about the origins of the UMS Messiah performance in Ann Arbor, the beginnings of UMS, and other UMS traditions that make Hill Auditorium a special place for our community.

These 90-minute "classes" combine conversation, interactive exercises, and "lectures" with genre experts to draw you into the themes behind each performance.

UMS Night School - Session 2: Discussion Of Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg

Monday October 29, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

UMS Night School focuses this season on 100 years of UMS at Hill Auditorium - illuminating the special history behind the great performers and performances that have shaped our community. Professor Mark Clague again serves as host and resident scholar.

These 90-minute "classes" combine conversation, interactive exercises, and lectures with genre experts to draw you into the themes behind each performance. Sessions are designed to deepen the knowledge of the performing arts and the connections with other audience members.

Session 2 will consist of a recap and discussion of the Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg performance on October 27.

Bright Nights Community Forum: Stress: How It Affects Your Brain And How To Manage It

Tuesday October 2, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Stress is part of everyday life. There are many instances when it can be helpful, but stress can also have the opposite effect, harming our emotional and physical health, and limiting the ability to function at home, at work, and within relationships. Bodies react to stress by releasing hormones to help cope, but this also takes energy away from other brain functions.

To provide practical strategies for managing stress and greater understanding of the neuroscience of stress mechanisms, the U-M Depression Center presents this Bright Nights Community Forum. Brian Mickey, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and a member of the U-M Depression Center, will outline the interaction between stress and the brain, and what we can to do help reduce the negative effects of stress. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts.

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