Attend at Home: Events and Exhibitions for the Week of November 16th
Many of the museums, galleries, and performance venues at the University of Michigan remain closed this week due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, there are plenty of online events, exhibitions, performances, and films that you can experience from home in the meantime. Here are recommended ways to virtually engage with U-M’s cultural community this week.
Jennifer Serventi, senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) talks about the many funding opportunities offered by the endowment. She’ll address two related questions: 1) What opportunities are available to faculty and staff, with a particular focus on support for digital projects? and, 2) What kinds of strategies can they employ to take advantage of them?
When: Monday Nov. 16, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EST
The U-M Arts Initiative’s Future of Art event asks this question to four audience development specialists. Join Donna Walker-Kuhne, an expert in audience development and founder of Walker Communications Group; Cayenne Harris, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement for UMS; Sara Billmann, Vice President, Marketing & Communications for the UMS; and Jim Leija, Deputy Director for Public Experience and Learning, UMMA for a virtual discussion on who art is for and what the future of true inclusivity in the arts looks like.
When: Monday, Nov. 16, 4–5:10 p.m. EST
Save the date for the Fall 2020 Raoul Wallenberg Lecture featuring Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times. Kimmelman’s remarks, in conversation with Dean Jonathan Massey, will be followed by a public interview with Taubman College’s Agora and Dimensions publications, exploring the role of journalists in issues of racial justice, social equity, health, and climate change in the context of the built environment.
When: Monday, Nov. 16, 6–8 p.m. EST
In this talk, Dr. El-Sayed will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of America’s other epidemics: the pandemic of systemic racism and the epidemic of insecurity. He will dig into America’s broken healthcare system as a lynchpin in the etiology of each of these three pandemics—and how we need to take them on. The LSA Honors DeRoy Open Lecture is a biannual event made possible by the Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Professorship endowment.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 3–4:30 p.m. EST
The Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future (GWSPP) conference is a multi-day virtual meeting that brings together academics and activists to explore the critical history of women’s suffrage and political power, and the future possibilities for expanding gender equity in political participation and representation in the United States and across the globe. Registration is free and open to the public.
When: Wednesday Nov. 18–Saturday, Nov. 21
Tarek Yamani and the members of the Spektral Quartet open up their creative process to UMS audiences as they begin their digital artists-in-residence journey together. These two listening parties will allow UMS audiences to get inside the artists’ musical worlds as they share music with each other that has shaped their artistic backgrounds and formed their artistic identities.
When: Wednesday Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m. EST
On the occasion of Transgender Awareness Week and the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, the U-M Spectrum Center presents Kama La Mackerel, a multiracial trans artist based in Montreal, QB. Their work is grounded in the exploration of justice, love, healing, decoloniality and self- and collective-empowerment. Kama’s artistic practice spans across textile, visual, poetic, digital, and performative work; their work is at once narratological and theoretical, at once personal and political. They will be highlighting their most recent work, ZOM-FAM.
When: Thursday, Nov. 19, 6–7:15 p.m. EST
RECURRING SERIES EVENTS
Raqs Media Collective, formed in 1992 by Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, argues for a mode of “kinetic contemplation” that rides a restless entanglement with the world. This translates into working with moving images to unsettle ways of ordering space and time through timelines, life-lines, latitudes, and longitudes. Raqs practices across several media, including installation, sculpture, video, performance, text, and lexica.
When: Friday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m. EST
Next up: Amy Cutler: Telling Stories
The University of Michigan’s Democracy & Debate Theme Semester events provide an opportunity for learning and engagement across multiple platforms. The theme semester events seek to explore broadly three areas: free speech and exchange of ideas, what it means to be a member of a democratic society, and democratic engagement from a global perspective.
- The Functioning of Democracy across the Urban-Rural Spectrum
When: Monday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. EST
- The Evolving Role of the U.S. in the Gulf Region
When: Monday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m. EST
- Women Leading Local Government
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. EST
- Managing presidential campaigns: lessons learned in 2020
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 12 p.m. EST
- Presidential Transition Teams: Function, Importance, and Public Voice Election 2020 in Context
When: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m. EST
- The Next Administration: Post-Election Recap
When: Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m. EST
Salakastar is a Detroit born and based actor, singer-songwriter, poet, and teaching artist working in theatre, television, film, and music. She will be performing selections from ALL BLUE: PART ONE (MAJORELLE!) , her debut experimental R+B album and performance series. It consists of poetic healing rituals in the form of vibrant sounds, visuals, and mantras.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6:30–7:30 p.m. EST
Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, the Clements Library invites you to pull up a chair at their [virtual] table. Live attendees are encouraged to post comments and questions, respond to polls, and add to our conversation and camaraderie. This week’s panel includes Wendy Chapin Ford (Author, A Frontier Romance “Tiger Bill and Kate”) and others.
When: Friday, Nov. 20, 10–11 a.m. EST
The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. This week’s reading features Catalina Bode [Fiction] and Chris Crowder [Poetry].
When: Friday, Nov. 20, 7–8 p.m. EST
Arts Engines highlights the perspectives of the thought leaders and game-changers who are creating a significant impact in the field of the arts. This week, listen to a conversation with Wayne Brown, President and CEO of the Michigan Opera Theatre.
When: Saturday, Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m. EST
Next up: Mark Williams, Chief Artistic Officer of Cleveland Orchestra
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