Events: 2007

RELATED READS EVENTS

Check out all the events surrounding the University of Michigan's LSA theme semester, "The Theory and Practice of Citizenship: From the Local to the Global."

Thursday, February 1 at 10:30 am
Book Discussion Group

YDL-Whittaker Road in Room 1C.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1356

Thursday, February 1, 7 pm
Life in the Himalayas

Ann Arborite Heather O’Neal organizes and leads tours trekking in the Himalayas to Mt. Everest base camp twice a year. Come hear her talk about her adventures and the Nepali culture she has come to love. This is a family program.
YDL—Whittaker Road, Community Room
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1377

Saturday, February 3, 7:00 pm
Open Book Discussion at Cafe Verde in the People's Food Co-op: Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest Of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

Please sign up on the list in Cafe Verde or in the People's Food Co-op bulletin boards. One free small coffee or tea to attendees.

Sponsored by Cafe Verde and the People's Food Co-op.
216 N. 4th Ave between Ann and Catherine
Contact Carrie at 734.994.9174 before 3:30 pm weekdays with any questions.

Monday, February 5, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Book Discussion: Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest Of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World.

Discussion led by AADL staff. No registration required.
Pittsfield Branch
2359 Oak Valley Drive
For information, call 327-4200

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Wayne State University Law School Dean Dr. Frank Wu Discusses His Book 'Yellow: Race In America Beyond Black and White’

Wu offers a view of American citizenship from an Asian American perspective, examining affirmative action, globalization, immigration, and other controversial contemporary issues. Mixing personal anecdotes, legal cases, and journalistic reporting, he confronts damaging Asian American stereotypes such as "the model minority" and "the perpetual foreigner." By offering new ways of thinking about race in American society, Wu's work dares us to make good on our great democratic experiment. A book signing will follow, with books for sale at the event courtesy of Nicola’s Books.
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
For information, call 327-4560

Thursday, February 8, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Lecture: Columbus, Colonialism, and Creole: History, Myth, & Hope in Haiti with Matt Kaiser of The Lambi Fund of Haiti

Kaiser will explore how Haiti became the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, reasons first-world nations have kept it that way, and how the grassroots organization The Lambi Fund of Haiti is affecting positive change in Haiti. Founded in 1994 by Haitians, Haitian-Americans, and North Americans, The Lambi Fund's goal is to help strengthen civil society in Haiti as a necessary foundation for democracy and development.
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
For information, call 327-4560

Sunday, February 11, 2 pm
West African Music with Mady Kouyate

Join us for an afternoon of traditional West African music with local treasure Mady Kouyate. Born in Senegal, Mr. Kouyate plays a 21-stringed harp called the Kora, and sings songs that have been passed down through his ancestors for generations. He was an apprentice to the great Toumani Diabate, whose musical lineage spans 73 generations.
YDL—Whittaker Road, Community Room
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1377

Monday, February 12, 7 pm
Children of Ypsilanti

Listen to a reading of picture books about embracing our individuality and appreciation of diversity in our community. Finish an 8” doll in your own likeness to remind yourself how important you are to our community.
YDL—Whittaker Road, Story Room
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1340

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Book discussion: Mountains Beyond Mountains

Tanner Philosophy Library
1171 Angell Hall
435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor
Sponsoring organization: Department of Philosophy
Contact: Molly Mahony mcmahony@umich.edu or 763.0167

Thursday, February 15 at 7 pm
Book Discussion Group

YDL-Whittaker Road in the Board Room.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1303

Tuesday, February 20, 7:00-8:30 pm
Lecture: Diversity in Our Population--Looking to the Future with Jim Rogers Of SEMCOG

Population growth, aging, and increasing diversity are changing the face of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. The event will offer a view of the changing patterns of our local citizenship, explore the impact of immigration and increasing diversity and examine our long-term future. Also to be discussed are the choices people make about where to live and how those choices may shift as demographic change unfolds.
Jim Rogers is the Data Center Manager for SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, an association of 150 local governments in the seven counties of Southeast Michigan.
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
For information, call 327-4560

Thursday, Feb. 22, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Book discussion: Mountains Beyond Mountains

Location: Philosophy Seminar Room
1164 Angell Hall
435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor
Sponsoring organization: Department of Philosophy
Contact: Molly Mahony mcmahony@umich.edu or 763.0167

Sunday, February 25, 2007,6:00 - 8:00 PM
SWE Book Group February Meeting

Society of Women Engineers - Detroit Section - Book group reads/discusses 'Mountains Beyond Mountains' for the February meeting. Please note that you do not have to be a member, a woman or an engineer to participate in the book group! We are open to all!
Downtown Borders Cafe' (2nd floor)
612 East Liberty, Ann Arbor
Contact Information: Anne Ferrando, 734-913-8682 or
web site
Discussion is drop-in (no registration)

Saturday, March 3, 1 pm
Reg Pettibone’s Authentic Native American Dance & Cultural Program

Reg Pettibone is a full-blooded Native American Champion Dancer from the Ho-Chunk Nation. He and his family will provide a better understanding of true Native American culture through dance, song, narration, and artifacts that include a tipi.
YDL—Whittaker Road, Community Room
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1377

Monday, March 5, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Concert & Discussion: Marcus Belgrave & Friends

A prominent recording artist with Motown Records, Belgrave co-founded the jazz studies program at the Detroit Metro Arts Complex and founded that city’s Jazz Development Workshop. He has enjoyed tenures with many of the most acclaimed artists in American music, including Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, and Wynton Marsalis. He will sign copies of his CDs, for sale at the performance. There is limited seating for this event.
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
For information, call 327-4560

Tuesday, March 6, 7 pm
Votes for Women—A History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Washtenaw County (Adult)

Join us for a presentation about early activists in Washtenaw County who fought for equal voting rights for women. EMU graduate student Zoe Behnke will discuss local women suffragists who helped shape the 1912 and 1913 Woman Suffrage Referendum ballot issue in Michigan.
YDL—Whittaker Road, Community Room
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1377

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Book discussion: Mountains Beyond Mountains

Tanner Philosophy Library
1171 Angell Hall
435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor
Sponsoring organization: Department of Philosophy
Contact: Molly Mahony mcmahony@umich.edu or 763.0167

Wednesday, March 7, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Lecture: Author Jenny White Discusses Her Novel The Sultan's Seal and Reflects On Her Life as a German Immigrant

Jenny White is a writer and an associate professor of social anthropology at Boston University. Born in southern Germany, she emigrated with her mother to the U.S. at the age of seven and studied at Lehman College in the Bronx, part of the City University of New York that had been set up for immigrant children. Her first novel, The Sultan’s Seal, was published in February 2006 and is now being translated into 11 languages. A book signing will follow, with books for sale courtesy of Shaman Drum Bookshop. Cosponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
For information, call 327-4560

Sunday, March 11, 2:00- 3:30 pm
Author Dinaw Mengestu Discusses His Debut Novel The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and His Experiences as an Ethiopian Immigrant

Born in Ethiopia, Mengestu immigrated to the U.S. in 1980 with his mother and sister to join his father, who had fled the communist revolution in Ethiopia two years before. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and of Columbia University’s MFA program in fiction. He is the recipient of a 2006 fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His debut novel, a tale of African immigrants, is a blend of fact and fiction. A book signing follows, with books for sale courtesy of Nicola’s Books.
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
For information, call 327-4560

Monday, March 12 at 7 pm
Book Discussion Group

YDL-Whittaker Road in Room 1C.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1306

Tuesday, March 13, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Past Ann Arbor Citizens of the Year Discuss Citizenship

Each year, the Ann Arbor News bestows an award to the Citizen of the Year. Join us as News staff moderates a panel of past winners, who will share their own stories and discuss ‘citizenship’. Panel members include Bill Martin, UM Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Cosponsored by the Ann Arbor News
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
For information, call 327-4560

Wednesday, March 21, 7:00-8:30 pm
Globalization and the Latino Migration to the U.S.A.

Maria Isabel Rodriguez (Migrant Community Outreach) and Cristhian Espinoza-Pino (Director of PALMA), of the UM Residential College, will examine the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, focusing on the effects of globalization and the NAFTA treaty. They will also discuss the Mexican workforce in Michigan agriculture.
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
For information, call 327-4560

Wednesday, March 21 at 11 am
Book Discussion Group

YDL-229 W Michigan Ave.Ypsilanti
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1385

Friday, March 23, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Ann Arbor Resident Irene Butter Discuss Her Life and Her Experience as a Holocaust Survivor

As a young child, Irene Butter was deported from her country, the Netherlands, to an internment camp and, finally, to Germany’s Bergen-Belsen. She and her family managed to live through the trials of the concentration camp, though her father died on the departing train. She will discuss these experiences and her remarkable life.
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
For information, call 327-4560

Saturday, March 24, 7:30 pm
An Evening with Ira Glass

The Ypsilanti District Library is very pleased to present Ira Glass in Radio Stories and Other Stories in celebration of Community Reads 2007. The event is made possible through the generous support of Bank of Ann Arbor – Ypsilanti Office, Eastern Michigan University Library, Friends of the Eastern Michigan University Library, and Friends of the Ypsilanti District Library.

As host and producer of the documentary public radio program This American Life, Ira Glass focuses on the details of life that often go unobserved. This American Life had its premiere on Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ in late 1995 and is now heard on more than 500 public radio stations each week by over 1.7 million listeners. Sidestepping sensationalism, Glass and his staff serve up narrative epics that pinpoint, in the tradition of Studs Terkel, the unusual and poetic in the everyday. This American Life can be heard locally on WEMU 89.1 on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m.

Join us in celebrating this year’s Community Reads theme of the many people that we are, the diverse communities we have created, and the challenges we face in fostering a continuing sense of belonging and civic engagement in a changing world in this unique and rare program.
General admission tickets for this event are $10 and can be obtained at the EMU Convocation Ticket Office,
Pease Auditorium, Eastern Michigan University
online at www.emich.edu/convocation, or by phone 487-2282.
For more information, call 482-4110 ext. 1303.

Monday, March 26, 7:00- 8:30 pm
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest Of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure The World

Library staff will lead a discussion of Tracy Kidder’s book, the focus of the 2007 Read.
Registration is not required.
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
For information, call 327-4560