Ann Arbor Reads Events: 2013

11TH ANNUAL ANN ARBOR/YPSILANTI READS EVENT

The 11th annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event will be held Thursday, February 7 in the Towsley Auditorium of the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College.

The 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, and renowned for her unconventional approaches to tackling problems of inequity and exclusion.

California Law Business Journal twice designated Connie Rice as one of the top ten most influential attorneys in California. She is a civil rights lawyer who engineers systemic fixes to entrenched inequality and injustice.

Through impact litigation, campaigns and inside bureaucratic maneuvering, Connie Rice has led coalitions and clients to win more than $30 billion in damages, bonds and policy changes. Bus riders, death row inmates, folks abused by police, school kids, whistleblowers, cops and sufferers of every stripe of discrimination, (sex, race, disability, age) have sought her counsel. But so have her opponents, like the Los Angeles Police Department she sued for 15 years but which now reserves a parking space for her at their new headquarters.

Connie grew up all over the world in an Air Force family headed by her parents Anna, a biology teacher, and Phillip, a pilot and Colonel. She graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe colleges in 1978, achieved her black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1981 and entered New York University School of Law on a Root Tilden Scholarship.

In law school she worked extensively on capital punishment cases at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and after graduating from law school in 1984, she clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for two years before winging it west to California where she joined the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. She rejoined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 1989 as Western Regional Counsel, won several landmark cases and in the words of one magazine, established herself as "the voice of Los Angeles' oppressed."

Together with Co-Directors Molly Munger, Penda Hair and Steve English, Connie launched the Advancement Project, a policy action and technology organization in 1998, and in the words of Los Angeles Magazine, "picked up where Clarence Darrow left off." Connie serves on the board of public radio station KPCC and as chief of staff to Sinbad, her jet black cat.

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" as well as Connie's book "Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones" will be for sale and the event will include a book signing.

This is a key event for the 2013 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program, which this year focuses on the theme of "Understanding Race." For information on the event, call 327-4555

OTHER EVENTS(in chronological order)

In addition, check out UM's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Theme Semester Events.

Saturday, January 12, 10:00 am
Family Science Workshops: What Makes Us Different? (AGES 6-11)

Registration required: (482-4110 ext. 1340)
There is no biological marker for race, so why do we look so different on the outside? Discover the biology behind skin color, hair texture, and other inherited genetic traits. Families will also get to perform a DNA extraction. Presented by the U-M Museum of Natural History.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Saturday, January 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Learn How To Moderate a Discussion Group in Your Community

Learn how to start a discussion in YOUR organization, church, neighborhood or just with friends - by attending one of the two community discussion leaders training sessions for this year’s Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Read – which focuses on the theme Understanding Race and the award-winning book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1303

Sunday, January 13, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Learn How To Moderate a Discussion Group in Your Community

Learn how to start a discussion in YOUR organization, church, neighborhood or just with friends - by attending one of the two community discussion leaders training sessions for this year’s Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Read – which focuses on the theme Understanding Race and the award-winning book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.
Ann Arbor District Library
Malletts Creek Branch
3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor
For information call the Ann Arbor District Library at 327-4555

Wednesday, January 16, 6:00 pm
eXtreme Readers Book Club (AGES 15-22)

Explore themes of race and class through books, with conversations led by Lincoln High School teacher and library board member, Jean Winborn. This month we will read and discuss The New Jim Crow, the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor read book for 2013.
Ypsilanti District Library
229 W. Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Thursday, January 17, 7-8:30 pm
The University of Michigan Innocence Clinic

Professors and student lawyers from the University of Michigan Innocence Clinic discuss their work identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and their commitment to exonerating innocent individuals and combating injustice. This event is for Grade 9 to adult.
Ann Arbor District Library
343 South Fifth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4555

Monday, January 21, 2-3pm
MLK Day Event and Forum: "Prison Privatization, Mass Incarceration, and the Social, Political and Economic Impact on our Community"

The Public Action Committee for Justice (PACJ) hosts this community education forum that focuses on the "Privatization of Prisons in Michigan".
Eastern Michigan University
Student Center, Room 330
900 Oakwood St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Monday, January 21, 7-8:30 pm
MLK Day Event: "Prof. Roy E Finkenbine: Searching for Jordan Anderson: A Personal Journey Into Race And Slavery In America "

Jordan Anderson, an African-American who moved to Ohio when he was freed from slavery in 1864, is famous for his "Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master," addressed in response to a request from his former master that Jordan return to help restore the farm after the Civil War. The letter became an immediate media sensation and has been described as a rare example of documented "slave humor" of the period. Roy E Finkenbine, Professor and Chair of History at Detroit Mercy College, a specialist on slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad, is writing a biography on Anderson and the famous letter. He will discuss his search for information about Anderson's fascinating life and will share his personal experiences involving the heritage of race and slavery in America while on this research journey.
Ann Arbor District Library
343 South Fifth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4555

Monday, January 21, 2:00 pm
MLK Symposium Series: Dr. Angela Davis Presents "Impediments to the Dream: The Prison Industrial Complex and the Dream"

The speaker, Dr. Angela Davis, will talk on race and the American prison industrial complex, a term she coined in her decades-long efforts to reform prisons and the criminal justice system. The event will be streamed to the Hatcher Gallery, the Duderstadt Center Conference room 1180, the Detroit Center and UM_Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building (CASL) Auditorium, Room 1030.
Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom
3405 Michigan Union
530 S. State Street
Ann Abor, MI 48109

Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 pm
Racial Justice Book Group - The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow is one of the most talked-about, poignant titles about the how race affects life today in our “colorblind” society, especially in the criminal legal system. It’s also the 2013 selection for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. Join the discussion! We will be reading the introduction through Chapter 2 in the lounge at Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. Free and open to the public, childcare available on request. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.
1679 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Details: chuck@icpj.net or 734-663-1870.

Thursday, January 31, 7-8 pm
Race, Criminal Justice, and Community (ADULT)

Michelle Alexander’s New Jim Crow contends that legal discrimination against criminals has replaced the legal discrimination against blacks under Jim Crow laws. EMU criminology professor Paul Leighton reviews Alexander’s concerns within the larger contexts of ‘law and order’ in an unequal society and pragmatic considerations of taxes and public safety.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Thursday January 31, 2013, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Film & Discussion: "Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

Hip-Hop was created by urban youth of color more than 30 years ago, and has moved beyond that specific community to be embraced by young people worldwide. This documentary looks at 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. "Blacking Up" explores these themes by looking at the backlash against hip-hop-loving white youth in a Midwestern white community; how Vanilla Ice was marketed to mainstream audiences; white appropriation of black cultural expression by the likes of Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones; and performers whose racially-charged symbols are reminiscent of minstrelsy. A discussion will follow the film. Cosponsored by the UM Community Scholars Program. This event is for Grade 9 - adult
Ann Arbor District Library
343 South Fifth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Saturday, February 2, 3:00 pm
Family Science Workshops: What Makes Us Different? (AGES 6-11)

Registration required: 482-4110 ext. 1340
There is no biological marker for race, so why do we look so different on the outside? Discover the biology behind skin color, hair texture, and other inherited genetic traits. Families will also get to perform a DNA extraction. Presented by the U-M Museum of Natural History.
Ypsilanti District Library
229 W. Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Tuesday, February 5, 7-8:30 pm
Washtenaw Prisoner Re-Entry Program (ADULT)

Join Mary King, Washtenaw Prisoner Reentry’s Community Coordinator, for a presentation on how these local and statewide programs reduce crime by better preparing parolees before they return to the community, and working to eliminate housing, employment and other barriers for parolees once they are back home.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Thursday, February 7, 7pm
The 11th Annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event

Connie Rice is one of America's most influential civil rights attorneys. Co-Director for the Advancement Project, Los Angeles, Rice has received more than 50 major awards for her leadership of diverse coalitions, and her nontraditional approach to litigating major cases involving police misconduct, employment discrimination and fair public resource allocation. Doors open at 6 pm. Local organizations will have resource information available. Copies of The New Jim Crow, as well as Connie's book Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones, will be for sale. The event will include a book signing.
Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Thursday, February 7, 7:00 pm
Thursday Morning Book Group (ADULT)

Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion about Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Saturday, February 9, 10:00 am
Family Reading Science Workshop: Everybody Cooks (Ages 6-11)

Registration required: 482-4110 ext. 1340
Every country has a cuisine but why do the same ingredients or types of food pop up all over the place? Families will learn how geology relates to food, what cultural transmission is and they will also get to make their very own bread starter. Presented by the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Saturday, February 9, 3:00 pm
Family Reading Science Workshop: Everybody Cooks (Ages 6-11)

Registration required: 482-4110 ext. 1340
Every country has a cuisine but why do the same ingredients or types of food pop up all over the place? Families will learn how geology relates to food, what cultural transmission is and they will also get to make their very own bread starter. Presented by the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History.
Ypsilanti District Library
229 W. Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Thursday, February 14, 12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Brown Bag Lunch
Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow (ADULT)

Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion about Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow.
2160 Shapiro Undergraduate Library (Screening room)
919 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1185
For a map, go here.

Tuesday, February 19, 7-8:30pm
Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow

With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." Join the discussion of the book that is the focus of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2013. This year's Reads program explores the theme, Understanding Race. This event is for Grade 9 to adult.
Ann Arbor District Library
Traverwood Branch
3333 Traverwood Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Thursday, February 21, 6-8:30 pm
Film & Discussion: "Broken on All Sides"

Matthew Pillischer, director of this 2012 documentary, will lead a discussion after a screening of the film. "Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S." focuses on mass incarceration in the U.S. and racial inequalities in the criminal justice system. It discusses the theory that mass incarceration has become "The New Jim Crow" by targeting people of color and allowing much of the discrimination that was legal in the Jim Crow era to be applied to "criminals." Using interviews with people on many sides of the criminal justice system - including Michelle Alexander, the author of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book, "The New Jim Crow" the film attempts to answer and provoke questions about the American penal system. Cosponsored by the UM Community Scholars Program.This event is for Grade 9 to adult.
Ann Arbor District Library
343 South Fifth Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Racial Justice Book Group - The New Jim Crow
Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 pm

The New Jim Crow is one of the most talked-about, poignant titles about the how race affects life today in our “colorblind” society, especially in the criminal legal system. It’s also the 2013 selection for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. Join the discussion! We will be reading Chapters 3 and 4 in the lounge at Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. Free and open to the public, childcare available on request. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.
1679 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Details: chuck@icpj.net or 734-663-1870.

Monday, March 4, 7:00 pm
Community Discussion: The New Jim Crow (ADULT)

Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion about Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Saturday, March 9, 3:00 pm
Family Reading Science Workshop: Can You Feel the Beat? (AGES 6-11)

Registration required: 482-4110 ext. 1340
They say music is the universal language, but why? Families will learn what makes some instruments more common than others and why some sounds creep us out or get us excited. We will explore how cultural transmission influences music and families will get to make their own instruments. Presented by the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Saturday, March 9, 3:00 pm
Family Reading Science Workshop: Can You Feel the Beat? (AGES 6-11)

Registration required: 482-4110 ext. 1340
They say music is the universal language, but why? Families will learn what makes some instruments more common than others and why some sounds creep us out or get us excited. We will explore how cultural transmission influences music and families will get to make their own instruments. Presented by the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History.
Ypsilanti District Library
229 W. Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Monday, March 11, 7:00 pm
Monday Evening Book Group (ADULT)

Everyone is welcome to join in the discussion about Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow.
Ypsilanti District Library, Room 1C
5577 Whittaker Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm
Racial Justice Book Group - The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow is one of the most talked-about, poignant titles about the how race affects life today in our “colorblind” society, especially in the criminal legal system. It’s also the 2013 selection for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. Join the discussion! We will be reading Chapters 5 and 6 in the lounge at Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. Free and open to the public, childcare available on request. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.
1679 Broadway
Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
Details: chuck@icpj.net or 734-663-1870.