The planets align for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads

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You may already know the theme for the 2009 Reads, "The Universe: Yours to Discover," aligns with UM's 2009 winter theme semester, but did you know UM chose it to align with the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) and the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first astronomical observation through a telescope? UM is planning a galaxy of events, exhibits--even new classes!--and there will be many additional Reads programs.

In the meantime, read the book and brush up on your backyard stargazing with the latest edition of The Backyard Astronomer's Guide, or by attending one of the University Lowbrow Astronomer's open houses at Peach Mountain for a look through their 24-inch McMath telescope. Look for Mercury and Jupiter to align on December 31, just in time for the kick off.<--break!-->

Film - Traces of the Trade

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This powerful film was an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Traces of the Trade was filmed by Katrina Browne, a first-time filmmaker who discovers after looking into her family history that her New England ancestors were the largest slave trading family in U.S. history. View clips here.

Thursday, November 20 | 6:30-8:30 PM | Downtown, 4th floor | Grade 9 - Adult

New online collection profiles the founders of Ann Arbor

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AADL is pleased to present a new collection, The Ford Gallery of Ann Arbor Founders, based on the permanent exhibit located in the Michigan Theater. You can browse the exhibit panels, which include such topics as early settlers, women who made a mark on the community, and the people who made the parks. Click on any image for a larger view or "read this panel" for a text-only version. You can also browse all the founders by name and search the collection by keyword. The permanent exhibit was funded by the Ford Motor Company Fund, with the cooperation of the Michigan Theater and the Bentley Historical Library.

It's Almost Here - The "NEW" University of Michigan Museum of Art

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On Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15, 9 am–12 pm, UMMA staff and volunteers will host an information open house outside the Museum's historic home, Alumni Memorial Hall (525 South State Street) to share refreshments and excitement about UMMA's reopening in spring 2009.

For a sneak preview of the new and renovated museum - check out the Michigan Daily article and the many stunning photos.

Panelists to Discuss Community Agriculture

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A panel discussion is coming up 6-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, on “Community Agriculture, Community Health: Connecting Healthy Eating, Community Gardens, and Access to Lower Cost Produce," presented by Project Healthy Schools. Panelists will be Sharon Sheldon, of the Washtenaw County Public Health Department, who works with the community advisory board of the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market; Amanda Edmonds, founder of Growing Hope; and Deb Lentz and Richard Andres, coordinators of the Community Supported Agriculture program at Tantre Farm near Chelsea. The panel discussion will be in Danto Auditorium in the U-M Health System’s Cardiovascular Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive. If you’d like to go, contact Jessica Moorman, tessimo@med.umich.edu, 975-3063.

Skrabbel Tournament For Cheaters!

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Here’s a chance to cheat at a game guilt-free and help kids at the same time. Sign up with a friend to be a Skrabbel team in the first annual Skrabbel For Cheaters fundraiser for 826michigan. This fun-filled event will take place on Sunday, November 23 at Conor O’Neill’s from noon to 6pm. You must sign up by November 14th. Then get your friends and family involved by pledging their support to your team. Your cheating efforts will benefit 826michigan’s youth literacy programs including tutoring, writing workshops, field trips, and in-school help for teachers.

Ann Arbor, circa 1968

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On Thursday, UM will celebrate its heyday as a center of social activism in the late 1960s with a panel discussion on the social protests of 1968, beginning at 4:00 p.m., and a performance by Country Joe at 8:00 p.m.

These events accompany an exhibit from UM's Labadie collection titled "The Whole World Was Watching: Protest and Revolution in 1968," currently on view in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery. Other photographs of Ann Arbor during this period, such as this one can be found at site 15 of the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit program.

Copyright and Culture Wars

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Come to the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, November 12, 7-8:30 p.m. for a lively talk about Copyright and Culture Wars: How Federal Courts Have Become The Arena For Fights Over Music, Parody, Fan Fiction, Art and Fantasy Sports. Presenter Susan M. Kornfield of Bodman LLP has been an intellectual property attorney for 27 years. She's taught courses in Intellectual Property Law and in Copyright Law at the University of Michigan and has been selected as an expert witness, mediator, and arbitrator in intellectual property disputes.

The history of South University

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This week the Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit will dedicate four new wall displays that tell the story of South University from the late 19th century through today. The displays cover area businesses and images include a wonderful 1898 panorama of the area, Miller's Ice Cream, C-Ted's Standard gas station, Tice's Men's Shop and a glimpse of the home where philosopher and educator John Dewey lived. The dedication will take place Thursday, November 6, at 5:00 p.m. on the corner of South and East University.

Directing Pride & Prejudice

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In conjunction with the U of M Department of Theater & Drama's production of Pride and Prejudice (December 4-7 at the Power Center), director Timothy Douglas will present a program on Sunday, November 2, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on the challenges of updating Jane Austen's brilliant 1813 novel about the willful Miss Bennet and the arrogant Mr. Darcy. AADL owns several adaptations on video, including the 1940 Hollywood film, the 1985 BBC production, a 1995 A & E production, and the recent 2005 film starring Keira Knightley.

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