Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of July 13th | Arts & Culture

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Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of July 13th

Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of July 13th

Each week, grab a cup of tea and join the U-M William L. Clements Library staff, fellows, and supporters in a discussion about the books they are reading.

Museums, galleries, and performance venues remained closed at the University of Michigan 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.

ISR Insights Speaker Series: Mental Health and Well-being Among Older Americans During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has both immediate and long-term consequences for the health and well-being of Americans. Older adults are not only at higher risk for severe illness from the disease but may also be especially vulnerable to social and emotional harms associated with the pandemic. In this Institute for Social Research Insights talk, Jessica Finlay, ISR Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and Lindsay Kobayashi, Assistant Professor at the U-M School of Public Health, will discuss insights from the COVID-19 Coping Study of nearly 7,000 adults aged 55+ from across the country. The talk will share participants’ perspectives and diverse experiences during the first upswing of the pandemic, including major sources of stress and ways of coping.

When: Wednesday, July 15 at 1 p.m.


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Policy Talks: Combating poverty and inequality amidst a pandemic

The current public health crisis has further exposed deep inequities in the United States, leaving millions unemployed and straining social services. While many Americans have seen an abrupt drop in income, those already living in poverty are facing additional hardships. Luke Shaefer, Ford School associate dean and director of Poverty Solutions, Alford A. Young Jr, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Sociology and a professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Michael S. Barr, dean of the Ford School, will discuss some of the ways that policymakers and communities are attempting to combat poverty during this crisis. 

When: Wednesday, July 15 from 2–3 p.m.



Theorizing the Web Presents: Surveillance of Black Lives

Dr. Allissa Richardson and Mutale Nkonde will discuss the layered and multifaceted impact of surveillance on Black people in the context of the Movement for Black Lives and the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by U-M Assistant Professor of Digital Studies Dr. Apryl Williams, this talk will discuss facial recognition systems used in policing; tracing software associated with the pandemic; and how Black death imagery has created a treacherous techno-mediascape that extends both state matrices of power and systems of racialized, anti-Black oppression in the United States.

When: Thursday, July 16 from 79 p.m.



Akropolis Quintet Club Paradise Virtual Soiree

Founded in 2009 at U-M, the Akropolis Quintet presents a 6-day long intimate, interactive online concert experience. The experience features live performances from Akropolis members, a live interview with composer Jeff Scott, a historical review of Detroit’s predominantly Black Paradise Valley neighborhood and musical legacy from “primordial Detroiter” Marsha Music, and the exclusive Web Premiere debut of Homage to Paradise Valley, composer Jeff Scott’s new 25-minute masterwork for reed quintet. 

When: Wednesday, July 15th–Sunday, July 19th, various times


Weekly Recurring Series Events

Summer Carillon Series: Tiffany Ng

U-M Assistant Professor of Carillon Tiffany Ng performs a program to ring out #BlackLivesMatter solidarity with original music by Yvette Janine Jackson, Wilbert Roget II, and more, plus arrangements ranging from “This Little Light of Mine” to Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, and Mahalia Jackson signature songs. Concerts are free and family-friendly, but please follow social distancing practices. 

When: Monday, July 13 at 7 p.m.

Where: Lurie Ann & Robert H. Tower


Next up: Michelle Lam (7/20)

Ark Family Room Series: Alex Cuba

In-person events at The Ark are currently canceled, but until the venue can reopen, you can stay connected with the Ark Family Room Series, which brings artists on live-stream to your living room. On Tuesday, tune in to Grammy/Juno winner and a singer-songwriter Alex Cuba. Cuba sings in English and Spanish and has a vast musical vision of sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks, and powerful guitar riffs. He comes to the Family Room with a new album, “Sublime.” 

When: Tuesday, July 14 from 8–9 p.m.


Next up: Kiana June (7/16)

SMTD EXCEL’S VIRTUAL VISIONARIES SERIES: Leading Beyond Crisis with Lara Zabel and Omari Rush

Virtual Visionaries, held by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s Excel program, is a 10-week series through early August which brings together professionals across the performing arts for weekly virtual discussions on Zoom. SMTD has selected a diverse group of leaders at various stages of their careers to engage in open conversations related to an arts career. This week, leading art executives Lara Zabel and Omari Rush will share their perspective on what the future may hold for the artists and local non-profits, and how leading service organizations are imagining what new resources and/or programming might need to come into focus in order to sustain the arts in our communities. 

When: Each week until August 6th, this week Wednesday, July 15th from 3–4 p.m. ET


Next up: Art for Social Change with Gabriela Lena Frank (7/23)

University of Michigan Press Author Live Talks

Running throughout the summer, the University of Michigan Press Press hosts weekly conversations with prominent scholars in political science, classical studies, history, musicology, and more under the Author Live Talk Series banner. Audiences will be treated to compelling stories on topics including history’s enduring lies, the migration of music across time and place, and the satire of Roman epic poet Lucretius. This week, author Mimi Haddon discusses the retronymic “post-punk” and how we should consider acts like Wire, PiL, Joy Division, the Raincoats, and Pere Ubu.

When: Weekly through August, this week Thursday, July 16 at 11 a.m. ET


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Next up: Not a Revolution: Sound Streams author Andrew Bottomley on the progression from radio to streaming music and podcasts


Join the U-M William L. Clements Library staff, fellows, and supporters in a discussion about the books they are reading. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, they invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual table. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy a snack while you watch commentators in a live feed. This week, join an author conversation with Jack Deo, who owns the largest private negative collection in Michigan. He will share how he became hooked on photography with a special emphasis on the work of early Michigan photographers such as Brainard Childs, Gustav Werner, Adolph Gustaf Peterson, Theodore Sexton, and George Shiras.

When: Fridays at 10 a.m. ET, this Friday, July 17th at 10 a.m. ET


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Next up: Author Conversation with Brian Luskey (7/24)


Keeping the community curious, engaged, and connected, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series is teaming up with Detroit Public Television to stream select Penny Stamps Speaker Series talks from the archive on Fridays at 8 p.m. This Friday, tune in at for a presentation by street artist and activist Joe Caslin. 

When: Fridays at 8 p.m. ET


Next up: Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, John de Lancie, and Len Niehoff (7/24)


Arts Engines highlights the perspectives of the thought leaders and game-changers who are creating a significant impact in the field of the arts. Each episode reveals the human stories, best practices, and real-life experiences of those who power human creativity each and every day. In partnership with Detroit Public Television, the program utilizes Zoom to conduct interviews with guests that are then distributed and broadcast through both digital and traditional mediums. Hosted by School of Music, Theatre & Dance professor, and Sphinx Organization founder Aaron Dworkin, the program seeks to share the most valuable advice and input from arts administrators who tell their stories of creative problem-solving, policy, economic impact, crisis management and empowering the future the field. Watch past episodes with guests like Bob Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts and Clive Gillinson, Executive & Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. This week, listen to a conversation with Victoria Robey, Chair of the Board of the London Phil. 

When: Saturday, July 18