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Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts

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January 28, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Interweaving past and present, private anecdote and public record, Ann Arbor author Leslie Stainton's new book Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts captures the history of one of America’s oldest and most ghosted theaters—the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania—and recounts the story of a nation’s tumultuous struggle to invent itself.

Built in 1852 and in use ever since, the Fulton Theatre is uniquely ghosted. Its foundations were once the walls of a colonial jail that in 1763 witnessed the massacre of the last surviving Conestoga Indians. Those same walls later served to incarcerate fugitive slaves.

Staging Ground explores these tragic events and their enduring resonance in a building that later became a town hall, theater, and movie house--the site of minstrel shows, productions of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," oratory by the likes of Thaddeus Stevens and Mark Twain, performances by Buffalo Bill and his troupe of "Wild Indians," Hollywood Westerns, and twenty-first-century musicals. Stainton unfolds the story of this emblematic space, where for more than 250 years Americans scripted and re-scripted their history.

This event features a short reading from the book by Stainton followed by a conversation with Jim Leija (UMS), Martin Walsh (actor and U-M instructor) and Leigh Woods (actor and U-M theater professor).

This event was co-sponsored by the U-M Institute for the Humanities, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival, and the U-M Library in collaboration with UMS and AADL

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Ann Arbor District Library
 

City Of Ann Arbor 2015 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Economic Vitality

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February 12, 2015 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Join the conversation about sustainability in Ann Arbor as the City and the Ann Arbor District Library host their annual Sustainable Ann Arbor series.The series includes four events, each focusing on a different element of sustainability from Ann Arbor’s sustainability framework.

The second event in the series centers on Economic Vitality, including current economic development projects, community investment, and business development. A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, City of Ann Arbor staff, and Washtenaw County staff will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session. The forums offer an opportunity to learn more about sustainability in the community and tips for actions that residents can take to live more sustainably.

Speakers for the Economic Vitality discussion include:
• Matthew Naud, Environmental Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor
• Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager, City of Ann Arbor
• Amber Miller, Planning & Research Specialist, Downtown Development Authority
• Connie Pulcipher, Systems Planner, City of Ann Arbor
• Rena Basch, Founder, Locavorious, and Board Member, Food System Economic Partnership
• Neel Hajra, President and CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

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01:24:06
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Ann Arbor District Library
 

Nerd Nite #20 - The Microbiome: Good for What Ails You

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November 20, 2014 at Live! 102 S. First St.

The Microbiome: Good for What Ails You
This is a discussion of what we currently know about the human microbiome, but mostly, an opportunity to point out a lot of really cool things that we don’t have any explanations for and how researchers are going about trying to understand what’s going on.

About Pat Schloss
I get paid to see bacteria everywhere and spend a lot of time obsessing about whether we should be obsessing about them. I have been a professor at the University of Michigan since 2009 where I study the human microbiome. My family has a farm in Webster Township where we raise sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, and seven Homo sapiens and their microbiome.

Length: 
00:25:01
Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
 

Jump Cuts: The Squeaky Door

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October 31, 2014 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Length: 
00:07:22
Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Related Event: 
Halloween Party!
 

Jump Cuts: Pumpkin Soup

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October 31, 2014 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

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00:06:08
Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
Related Event: 
Halloween Party!
 

All Things Dad With Nationally-Known “Dad Blogger” Doug French

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December 10, 2014 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Doug French, co-founder of the Dad 2.0 Summit, discusses the evolution of the modern dad, as well as a myriad issues – such as work/life balance, paid parental leave, and outdated media stereotypes that confront us as engaged parents.

As we navigate these challenges, and male childcare becomes more commonplace, dad networks are popping up all over the country to help us raise our kids the best we can, and to help ensure that they inherit a more enlightened perception of masculinity.

Doug has been a dad blogger since 2003. He's been profiled in or written for several magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Slate, The Huffington Post, Babble, and Parents. He is a contributor to Michigan Public Radio and frequently speaks at conferences such as BlogHer, Mom 2.0, and BlissDom about fatherhood, parenting, and content marketing. You can find out more about him at mrdougfrench.com.

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01:13:54
Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
 

Nerd Nite #21 - A Natural History of the Trumpet

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January 29, 2015 at Live! 102 S. First St.

A Natural History of the Trumpet
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 35 years, you’re familiar with the heroic trumpet fanfares that catapult the audience from the theater to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars. But how did the modern trumpet come to look and sound the way it does today? The answer traces back to its primordial beginnings as “found objects” that gradually evolved more and more sophisticated technology through the centuries, influencing composition along the way. Brace yourselves for a combination of music and physics as we chart the natural history of the trumpet.

About Carl Engelke:
Carl had many, varied interests throughout the years, and he still sometimes wonders what he wants to do when (if) he grows up. He studied trumpet performance in college at Indiana University and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago upon graduation. Currently, as a completely logical next step, he is an MD/PhD student at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he studies how RNA influences the development and progression of prostate cancer.

Length: 
00:23:38
Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
 

Michigan Author Jerry Dennis: A Daybreak Handbook

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January 26, 2015 at the Downtown Library

Author Jerry Dennis is best known as an award-winning nature writer with work primarily focused on Michigan and its waterways. His book The Living Great Lakes was the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads selection in 2010. He's now branched out in two new directions: poetry and publishing. Jerry's first book of poems, A Daybreak Handbook, was published in 2014. Also in 2014, Jerry, his wife Gail, and illustrator Glenn Wolff established Big Maple Press, a small press dedicated to producing special editions exclusively available for sale through independent booksellers.

In this talk, Jerry discusses these new avenues in his career, how he got started as a writer, and his ongoing work with the Great Lakes. He also reads selections from A Daybreak Handbook, The Windward Shore, and his recently back in print The Bird in the Waterfall.

Length: 
00:59:43
Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
 

Nerd Nite #20 - What the $X#! is the anthropocene? An extraordinary moment in Earth and human history

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November 20, 2014 at Live!

James Arnott – What the $X#! is the anthropocene? An extraordinary moment in Earth and human history
This talk will introduce you to the extraordinary moment in Earth and human history that you (yes, you) are living through. We’ll look at why now is different than before and why the future is dependent on a unlikely species that grew out of a cave into a skyscraper and now shapes the future of earth, wind, and fire. The anthropocene is now—and here to stay—so come learn what we know, what you should know, and what we all must do!

About James Arnott
James is a student, researcher, and enthusiast for thinking big. He is pursing a PhD at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. Meanwhile, he is Program Director of the Aspen Global Change Institute, an interdisciplinary think tank for global environmental issues.

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00:24:44
Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
 

Connecting Food & Faith

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January 22, 2015 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

A panel of interfaith leaders explore the connection between faith and food at this kickoff event for a year-long Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice program entitled Food & Justice: An Interfaith Exploration of How Our Food Choices Impact Our Environment, Our Economy and Our Neighbors.

There is tremendous interest in food system issues, not only as they affect the earth but also as they relate to racial and economic justice, hunger and other human rights challenges. This event will mark the beginning of a community-wide discussion of related issues.

Panel members include:
Moderator Chuck Warpehoski of the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
Reverend Kristin Riegel of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor
Cathy Muha, Mindful Eating Coaltion leader at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor
Mansoor Qureshi, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Michigan

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice envisions a world free from violence, including the violence of war, poverty, oppression, and environmental devastation. To enact this vision, they commit to nurture a community in which compassion and respect foster actions that dismantle systems of violence while simultaneously creating systems of peace, justice, and ecological sustainability.

Length: 
01:24:34
Rights Held By: 
Ann Arbor District Library
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Connecting Food & Faith