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Best-Selling Author Mary Roach Discusses Her New Book "Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War"

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October 15, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Much of military science is necessarily preoccupied with the study of violence, the development of strategy, of weapons and armaments, of warfare. But not all the battles of war involve drone technology and Bradley Personnel Vehicle. On a daily basis, soldiers also fight more esoteric battles against less considered adversaries—for example, exhaustion, shock, panic, disease, extreme heat, cataclysmic noise, gastrointestinal distress, and assorted waterfowl.

In Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, America’s favorite science writer, Mary Roach explores those aspects of war that no one makes movies about—not the killing but the keeping alive.

"Grunt" salutes the scientists and surgeons running along in the wake of combat, lab coats flapping, and celebrates the courage of people like Navy flight surgeon Angus Rupert, who flew blindfolded and upside down to test a vibrating suit designed to help pilots fly by feel should they become blinded or disoriented, and Captain Herschel Flowers of the Army Medical Research Laboratory, who injected himself with cobra venom to test the possibility of building immunity.

With her characteristic sense of humor, her indefatigable enthusiasm, and her sharp eye for telling detail, Roach, as always, proves to be the ideal tour guide. When it comes to military history, not all heroes carry guns, and not all heroism happens in a burst of cinematic glory. In "Grunt," the heroes engage in dizzying flights of unorthodox thinking. They experiment with flame-resistant textiles, zippers, earplugs, shark repellent, and erectile tissue. If necessary, they lob chickens at airplanes.

Mary Roach is the New York Times best-selling author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. She lives in Oakland, California.

Length: 01:06:28
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Mystery Hole Walkthrough with Jason Shiga

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2016 at Downtown Library 3rd floor Gallery

Jason Shiga, California cartoonist best known as the creator of the interactive comic Meanwhile, visited AADL in June to create his most ambitious interactive comic yet! Jason's 150+ panel installation allows you to make choices that will affect the outcome of the story. The protagonist, Jimmy, encounters a mystery hole and hear's someone calling from inside. Would you choose to help or walk away? Come visit the 3rd floor gallery and explore the many story paths.

Jason is known for incorporating puzzles, mazes, mathematics, and unconventional narrative techniques into his work.

Length: 00:02:37
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Improving Cognitive Functioning

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November 17, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Fluid intelligence is often defined as the ability to reason about and solve novel problems. What are some factors that influence this ability? Can it be enhanced?

In this talk, Dr. John Jonides, Edward E. Smith Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, reviews wide-ranging research that examines the effects of exercise, drugs, cognitive training, and brain stimulation as possible interventions to enhance cognitive abilities, including intelligence.

This program was part of the Fall "Exploring the Mind" series cosponsored by The University of Michigan Department of Psychology.

Length: 00:43:05
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Travel to Cuba With Journeys International

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September 12, 2016 at the Pittsfield branch Program Room

Travel to Cuba is complicated and evolving. Creating a unique and personal experience while navigating the rules can be tricky.

Journeys International Senior Director Joan Weber, who recently accompanied groups in Cuba, and Cuba Specialist Joslin Fritz provide insights into what to expect on a trip to Cuba. They share trip planning advice, their experiences in Cuba, and a slideshow featuring images from their trips.

Joslin Fritz is the Cuba Specialist at Journeys International and has an extensive background in guiding all over the world, Joslin chose to make Cuba her second home in 2012. She has led over thirty-five trips to the Caribbean island and is constantly amazed by the warmth of the Cuban people, the richness of the culture, and the beauty of the natural environment. She has cultivated many relationships and close contacts with locals all over the island, which help to provide her guests an inside look at everyday life in Cuba, something that many never get to do.

Joan Weber is the Senior Director and Co-Founder of Journeys International. She and her husband Will Weber launched the company with a trek in Nepal in 1978. Together, they developed a vision of small-group travel that would contribute to environmental and cultural preservation. Over more than three decades, they expanded their reach to dozens of countries while maintaining their commitment to innovation and personal connection.

Ann Arbor's Journeys International is the longest standing family-owned global eco-tourism company in the US, offering full-service exotic, guided cross-cultural explorations, nature safaris, treks, and eco-tours in remote corners of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific.

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Bright Nights Community Forum: An Opioid Crisis in Washtenaw County: What Can We Do?

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November 15, 2016 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The U.S. Surgeon General recently sent a call out to health practitioners and public health leaders to ask for help in addressing what he describes as “an urgent health crisis facing America”—the prescription opioid crisis.

Washtenaw County is not immune. As the rest of the country, our community is the midst of an opioid epidemic, with dramatic increases in the number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths from prescription medications and heroin. In fact, between 2000 and 2014, the number of opioid related overdose deaths in Washtenaw County increased 1525%, from 4 deaths in 2000 to 65 deaths in 2014.

The Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) Opioid Project was formed as a community-based, volunteer organization to help address this problem in Washtenaw County. The success of this initiative depends on community knowledge, support, and involvement.

To learn more about the WHI Opioid Project, the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Ann Arbor District Library present this Bright Nights community forum. Dr. Stephen Strobbe, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing, and Department of Psychiatry, will give a brief presentation, followed by a panel discussion, to raise and respond to the following questions:

· Is there really an opioid epidemic in Washtenaw County?
· What is the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) Opioid Project?
· What can I do in my own home—and community—to help?

For more information on the U-M Depression Center, visit the Depression Center website at www.depressioncenter.org , or contact Stephanie Salazar, 232-0330, or sawaters@umich.edu.

Length: 01:20:52
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Nerd Nite #39 - Little Slaughterhouse on the Prairie

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October 20, 2016 at Live! 102 S. First St.

Frontier life in the 1870s was hard and the massive prairie held endless dangers – aside from the harsh elements, the grueling work, and the salt pork-heavy diet. This is the sinister side of Little House on the Prairie – the true story of a family of serial killers targeting pioneers on their way out West.

About Sara: Sara Wedell is a production librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library and a Nerd Nite Ann Arbor Co-Boss. She knows it’s not cool to love Laura Ingalls Wilder, BUT SHE DOES IT ANYWAY. #sunbonnetsquad

Length: 00:23:53
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Ladies' Library Association Sesquicentennial Lecture: Professor Francis X. Blouin Jr. Discusses Connecting the City: Libraries and Collections in Ann Arbor

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October 1, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

We talk a lot these days about "connectivity" that now means being plugged into the Internet and all the information it provides. But, being connected certainly predates the arrival of the smartphone.

Ann Arbor in the 19th century, though a small town, also wanted to be connected to the wider world. They achieved this through an astonishing accumulation of what Henry Tappan called the "materials of learning."

For this special presentation in honor of the Ladies' Library Association Sesquicentennial, Professor Francis X. Blouin Jr. will discuss the accumulation of more than 40 million objects, including the holdings of the Ann Arbor District Library, which exist in our city and have connected us in different ways to the world. Professor Blouin will also discuss how and why these were collected and cataloged.

Francis X. Blouin Jr. is a professor in the University of Michigan's School of Information and the Department of History and the former Director of the Bentley Historical Library.

The Ladies' Library Association
In 1866 a group of Ann Arbor women formed a small subscription library to fill the need for a free, public library in Ann Arbor. Initially, they occupied a rented space above Main Street. Over time, their collection grew, and by 1885 they had purchased land and erected a building. The ladies supported their endeavors with concerts, strawberry festivals, and other fundraising activities, and soon amassed a sizable collection.

Libraries in frontier towns were considered intellectual luxuries, but the 35 ladies who founded the Ladies' Library Association were determined, like similar women's groups in Kalamazoo, Flint, and Lansing, to establish a library in their young town 42 years after its founding. In 1916, on the 50th anniversary of their association, the Ladies' Library Association transferred their collection to the Ann Arbor Public School District.

Ann Arbor's LLA is unique in maintaining an unbroken existence to the present time. Since their inception, they have remained active supporters of the Library, using the income from their endowment to purchase a beautiful collection of art books for the Library, and to furnish the branches with original works of art.

In 2016 we celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Ladies' Library Association, thanking them for 150 years of service to the greater Ann Arbor Community.

Length: 01:15:30
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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Stacy Schiff Discusses Her Book "The Witches: Salem, 1692 "

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October 17, 2016 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff discusses the Salem Witch Trials and her acclaimed book The Witches: Salem, 1692, which was selected as one of the best books of the year by Time, USA Today, NPR, The Washington Post, and several other publications. The story began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and a 75-year-old man crushed to death.

The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.

As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, The Witches is the enduring American mystery unveiled fully by one of our most acclaimed historians. This event, scheduled just in time for Halloween, includes a book signing and books will be for sale, courtesy of Nicola’s Books.

Stacy Schiff is the author of the #1 bestseller Cleopatra: A Life, which won the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography; Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize.

Length: 00:30:35
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Broadway Star and Ann Arbor Native Ashley Park Discusses Her Experiences On Broadway As Tuptim In The Recent Tony-Winning Musical "The King And I"

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August 5, 2016 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Ashley Park is a Grammy-nominated Broadway performer most recently seen playing Tuptim in Lincoln Center’s Tony-Award-Winning Revival of "The King And I" (Original Broadway Cast Recording), and also appeared on Broadway in "Mamma Mia!"

Ashley, a Pioneer High School graduate, discusses her year with "The King And I," her acclaimed portrayal of Tuptim, the Tony and Grammy Awards, and life on Broadway. She also discusses her high school battle with cancer, how the Make-A-Wish foundation granted her dream to see her first Broadway Show ("The Lion King"), and how her career led her from Ann Arbor to New York City and a Tony-winning production.

Ashley’s credits include a national tour as Gabrielle in "Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella," concerts and musical performances at Alice Tully Hall, Feinstein’s/54 Below and other venues. She is a proud graduate of The University of Michigan (BFA Musical Theatre), where she co-founded the Michigan Performance Outreach Workshop (MPOW) and worked as a member of the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP).

Length: 01:10:00
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Proving Innocence: Freeing the Wrongfully Convicted

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July 28, 2016 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

The success of podcasts like Serial and documentaries like Making of a Murderer has drawn attention to the issue of wrongful convictions, and to flaws in the criminal justice system that allow these problems to persist.

In 2007, Bill Proctor, a journalist and reporter with WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit, founded Proving Innocence to investigate wrongful conviction claims and educate the public about the need for reforms. Bill talks about the cases that inspired him to take action, and brings along guest speakers who have experienced wrongful conviction and exoneration to share their perspectives.

Proctor was an award-winning journalist, reporter, producer, and anchorperson whose career of nearly forty years spanned electronic media, radio, television, and documentaries. He concluded his career as senior staff reporter for WXYZ-TV in Southfield, MI, retiring in May 2013.

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