11th Annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event At Washtenaw Community College

Thursday February 7, 2013: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 (map)

This 11th annual event focuses on the 2013 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book selection "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander and will also explore this year's theme Understanding Race.

The Keynote Speaker will be one of America's most influential civil rights attorneys - Connie Rice, Co-Director for the Advancement Project, Los Angeles, and renowned for her unconventional approaches to tackling problems of inequity and exclusion. Rice is also the author of "Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones".

Doors for this event will open at 6 pm to offer the opportunity to connect with local community agencies and representatives who will be staffing resource tables in the lobby. There will also be time following the event to interact with these local organizations. Copies of "The New Jim Crow" and "Power Concedes Nothing" will be for sale and the event will include a book signing.

Film & Discussion: Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

Blacking Up explores racial identity through the lens of hip-hop music and culture.
This 2010 documentary examines the popularity of hip-hop among America's white youth, and considers whether this reflects
new racial understanding in white America or reinforces an ugly history of stereotypes.

The director, Robert A. Clift is a filmmaker from Washington, DC, whose previous film, Stealing Home: The Case of Cuban Baseball, appeared nationally on PBS.
He is currently writing his dissertation for the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University

A discussion will follow the film.
Cosponsored by the UM Community Scholars Program
Thursday, January 31, 6:00 - 8:30 PM | Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Learn How To Host Your Own Book Discussion: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads: "The New Jim Crow" Book Discussion Training

Sunday, January 13, 2013: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Are you interested is planning and hosting an Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book discussion for your school or community? This year's theme is 'Understanding Race' and the book for 2013 is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.

Representatives from the Understanding RACE Project will lead this workshop, presenting tips and tools for leading a discussion of the theme of Race and this award-winning book.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).

Family Science Workshop: Just Like Me?

Saturday January 12, 2013: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

What makes us different? What makes us the same?

Families will learn about the biological reasons behind skin color, hair texture and explore other inherited genetic traits like the ability to taste certain compounds. Families will also get to perform a DNA extraction.

This event is for grades K-5 with an adult.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2013 Book Selection

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2013 has selected its next book: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness. This award-winning book is authored by civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar Michelle Alexander.

An eleven-member selection team composed of community members, educators, students and librarians from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area chose the book last Monday night from a group of three titles, all of which centered on the subject of Understanding Race.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2013 is scheduled to occur January through February 2013. There will be multiple opportunities for the community to become involved. More information will be continually added before and during the AA/Ypsi Reads 2013 season. follow the Reads site for details and updates. Participate in next year's discussions, and place a hold on your copy!

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2013: Book Finalists

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book.

The theme for the 2013 AA/Ypsi Reads is "Understanding Race." A screening committee has narrowed book choices covering this theme down to three titles: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander; The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; and Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work For Social Justice, 3rd revised and expanded edition by Paul Kivel.

A selection committee of community leaders and educators in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area will meet in late October to choose one of three books as the focus for this year.

You may add your comments about the books through the AA/Ypsi Reads website. Each book's web page has an "add a new comment" section. The selection committee will check the blogs periodically for comments. Locate copies of the books through the AADL catalog!

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Dr. Rick Solomon Discusses Autism: The Brain-Mind Connection

Tuesday January 31, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2012 focuses on the book "Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Mind Of An Autistic Savant" by Daniel Tammet. Find out more about autism in this informative lecture by developmental and behavioral pediatrician Rick Solomon MD.

Dr. Solomon will present the most recent scientific evidence related to autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs). He will cover the brain science and genetics of ASDs; demonstrate the diagnostic criteria with video examples; discuss possible causes for the large increase in prevalence, including the controversial relationship between ASD and immunizations/mercury; and overview the evidence for behavioral, developmental, educational and dietary/alternative interventions.

10th Annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event

Thursday January 19, 2012: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building - 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 (Doors open at 6pm).

Focusing on the 2012 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book selection "Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Mind Of An Autistic Savant" by Daniel Tammet, this extraordinary evening will feature nationally-known Autism Consultant Dr. Julie Donnelly and (via Skype) Dr. Darold Treffert, one of the world's leading experts on Autistic Savant Syndrome.

Dr. Darold Treffert will discuss Extraordinary Savant Syndrome highlighting recent developments in research on this remarkable condition. He will also discuss and show videos from his interactions with Daniel Tammet (the author of "Born On A Blue Day") and Kim Peek (the original Rain Man).

Dr. Julie A. Donnelly will focus on A Mother's Story: The Account Of Jean-Paul Bovee, her child who was born with classic autism in a time when the advice of medical professionals was to put the child in an institution.

Doors will open at 6 pm to offer the opportunity to connect with community agencies and representatives who will be staffing information tables in the lobby. Copies of the book will also be for sale.

This is a key event for the 2012 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program, which this year focuses on the theme of "Language: How We Communicate." Read more about the event here.

Comic Artists Forum With Rob Stenzinger via Skype

Sunday, January 8 | 1:00-3:00 PM | 4th Floor Meeting Room – Downtown Library

Guest artist Rob Stenzinger will show you how to publish your serial comic one page at a time, keep your readers interested, and have it all link together as one big story. In this interactive workshop via Skype, Rob will share comic storytelling techniques, the importance of the dramatic reveal, and why comics are the perfect home for your serial story. We'll even work as a group to chain together a few short comic strips into a serialized comic! Rob is the creator of Art Geek Zoo: The Way of Sound, a music fantasy adventure online, collected in print, and available as an eBook.

Join the Forum to get fresh ideas for your next comics or graphic novel creation. Drawing supplies will be provided, so drop in to draw, learn, share, and network with other cartoonists.

Televised Book Discussion for AA/Ypsi Reads

If you couldn't tune in at the Community Television Network (CTN-Channel 17) last night to watch a broadcast of a book discussion for this year's AA/Ypsi Reads selection, "Born on a Blue Day," then check out other viewing times to catch the show. Or find and view it online.

The book discussion group includes Alyson Lobert from the Ypsilanti District Library, Ira Lax from our very own AADL, Judy Nagle, a writer and retired humanities teacher and Molly Mahony from UM Tanner Philosophy Library. The group discusses "Born on a Blue Day" as an important selection for this year's community read. They talk about the wide-appeal of the book and the insights learned about the autistic-mind. They don't give too much away about the book so you can still enjoy viewing the discussion even if you haven't finished the book yet!

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