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Attend at Home: Events + Exhibitions for the Week of June 14th

Attend at Home: Events + Exhibitions for the Week of June 14th

Artist, Educator and Curator Tylonn J. Sawyer working on his mural "First Man: Samuel Codes Watson (Acrylic)" in the U-M Modern Languages Building. The mural is dedicated to Samuel Codes Watson, the first African-American student admitted to U-M. Sawyer will be speaking at the 2021 Juneteenth Symposium this Tuesday.

Many of the museums, galleries, and performance venues at the University of Michigan remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, there are still plenty of online events, exhibitions, performances, and films that you can experience from home. Even with the school year behind us, enjoy the following selection of events and exhibitions in a safe and socially distant manner:

Events In Honor of Juneteenth: 

2021 JUNETEENTH SYMPOSIUM: CELEBRATING BLACK JOY, HOPE, AND HEALING

U-M’s inaugural campus-wide Juneteenth Symposium will explore the theme of “Celebrating Black Joy, Hope, and Healing.” A partnership between U-M and the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP, this Juneteenth observance aims to celebrate and recognize the liberation of all Black people from slavery, made official by the emancipation on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. 

When: Daily events Monday, June 14–Friday, June 18 

WCTF 2021 JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

Join the Women of Color Task Force for its 2nd annual Juneteenth observance event. The Conference, which carries the theme “Improving Intercultural Race Relations to Develop Intercultural Solidarity,” features a variety of distinguished panelists and speakers.

When: Friday, June 18, 8:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m. EDT

THE CLEMENTS BOOKWORM: AUTHOR CONVERSATION WITH CRYSTAL LYNN WEBSTER, “AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN IN THE ANTEBELLUM NORTH”

Dr. Webster joins Clements Library Director Paul Erickson for a conversation that coincides with the celebration of Juneteenth and a growing national recognition of understudied histories and experiences of African Americans in the past. Drawing evidence from the urban centers of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, Crystal Webster’s innovative research yields a powerful new history of African American childhood before the Civil War. 

When: Friday, June 18, 10–11 a.m. EDT

U-M CENTER FOR SOCIAL SOLUTIONS: 20 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SLAVERY

This roundtable conversation presented by the U-M Center for Social Solutions will feature a variety of panelists who will seek to generate a discussion about how historical knowledge might contribute solutions to the problems of contemporary expressions of human slavery and offer new pathways to democracy and freedom.

When: Friday, June 18,  2–3 p.m. EDT

BUY BLACK JUNETEENTH POP-UP SHOP

This Juneteenth, celebrate Black excellence by supporting local Black businesses in the Washtenaw County area. This event will feature the hottest Black owned fashion brands in the area. Buy Black, support, and don’t miss this event! 

When: Saturday, June 19, 3–7 p.m. EDT

This Thursday, learn garba, sanedo, and other Gujarati folk dances at the Ann Arbor Summer Fest GARBA360 event!

Other Events:

U-M STAMPS DISCUSSION WITH THE DEAN: STAMPS ART & DESIGN IDENTITY

This event will cen­ter around the U‑M Stamps School of Art & Design iden­tity and is an excit­ing effort to bring together our com­mu­nity for an inspir­ing and engag­ing con­ver­sa­tion. Focusing on how the School has changed over the last 50 years and reflecting on the present day, Dean Guna Nadara­jan will host a dis­cus­sion with a small panel of cur­rent stu­dents and alumni.

When: Tuesday, June 15, 12–1:15 p.m. EDT

A2SF: GARBA360 – LIVE HERE NOW

When people in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat want to celebrate, the ecstatic dance tradition known as garba often provides the fuel. Garba360 brings this lively celebration to new spaces for all to celebrate through dance. You’ll learn garba, sanedo, and other Gujarati folk dances with the dance instructors, and dance (and just listen) to live music by Saptak. All are invited to participate and dance!

When: Wednesday, June 16, 6 & 8 p.m. EDT

U-M LIBRARY AUTHOR TALK: IS SUPERMAN CIRCUMCISED? THE COMPLETE JEWISH HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST HERO

Author Roy Schwartz discusses his new book, “Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World’s Greatest Hero,” exploring the underlying themes of a beloved modern mythology in a fascinating and entertaining journey through Jewish tradition, American history, and comic book lore, sure to give readers a newfound appreciation for the Mensch of Steel!

When: Wednesday, June 16, 3–4 p.m. EDT

UMMA VIRTUAL FAMILY ART STUDIO: KUSUDAMA

In this special program for Ann Arbor Japan Week, join College of Literature, Science, and the Arts alum Maiya Yu for a tutorial on making Japanese kusudama — paper models typically created by sewing or gluing together multiple identical origami units. While you learn about the kusudama process with Maiya, you will also have the opportunity to explore some of the artwork in UMMA’s collection with Student Programs Assistant Emily Considine.

When: Thursday, June 17, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. EDT

U-M STAMPS GALLERY TALK: DETROIT CULINARY CHAMPIONS

This webinar/​virtual gallery talk will fea­ture three highly cel­e­brated chefs in Detroit, each of whom brings a new aes­thetic, new culi­nary ideas, and a new way of pre­sent­ing halal food to new audi­ences. Chefs Omar Anani, Warda Bouguet­taya, and Mamba Hamissi will sit down for a con­ver­sa­tion with Halal Metrop­o­lis cura­tor Sally How­ell on their respec­tive projects, the role of food in their com­mu­ni­ties, and the way their work par­tic­i­pates in redefin­ing the future of Detroit. 

When: Thursday, June 17, 7–8:30 p.m. EDT

 

If you would like your event to be included in next week’s “Attend at Home” series, email arts-culture@umich.edu.