Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of June 22nd | Arts & Culture

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Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of June 22nd

Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of June 22nd

Art part of UMMA's Medicine @ the Museum. Harrison Fisher, "Untitled, Red Cross", 1918, color lithograph on paper, Gift of Mr. Maurice F. Lyons, 1954/2.35.35A

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.

Lecture: How We Became the “Other,” My Family’s Incarceration Story

What precipitates the scapegoating and “othering” that has occurred throughout US history? What role does it play in galvanizing the nationwide protests in the current moment? Ann Arbor community member and activist Lori Watanabe Saginaw shares the story of the unconstitutional, forced imprisonment of her parents and grandparents during WWII, along with 120,000 others of Japanese descent, and draws a connection to her own anti-racism activism. George Floyd’s murder underscores the impact of white supremacy in American systems and the urgency and to take action. Watanabe Saginaw offers tools for personal action.

When: Wednesday, June 24th from 10–11:30 a.m. ET


Biosciences Virtual Symposium 

The Biosciences Initiative and the Michigan Center for Infectious Disease Threats are hosting a virtual symposium to educate and create opportunities for collaboration and synergy for U-M’s community of researchers. Explore the breadth of research centered around SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 at U-M in response to the pandemic.

When: Wednesday, June 24th from 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. ET and Thursday, June 25th, from 8:15 a.m.–6 p.m. ET



The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network is bringing together journalists and academic researchers from across the nation, with a focus on Midwest, for this virtual conference to promote in-depth, impactful, and solutions-oriented media coverage of poverty-related issues. The conference will consist of a series of six interactive webinars held throughout June. The conference is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. – from exploring new storytelling strategies to translating complex research for deeper public engagement. This week, the conference hosts two events: on Tuesday, “Where Public Policy Meets Real Life,” and on Thursday, “Using Personal Stories for Systemic Change.” 

When: Tuesday, June 23rd, 12–1:30 p.m. ET, and Thursday, June 25th, 12–1:30 p.m. ET


Lecture: White Liberalism and the Illusion of Racial Progress

How does information impact opinions and voting behavior in the case of white liberal progressives? Specifically, does exposure to racial wealth gap data lead to support by white liberals for affirmative action, reparations, and similar programs? Speaker Vincent Hutchings, a Hanes Walton Jr. Collegiate Professor of Political Science at U-M and a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research will be exploring these questions and related issues.

When: Friday, June 26th, 10–11:30 a.m. ET


UMMA’s Medicine at the Museum

The U-M Museum of Art has temporarily closed its doors in an effort to combat the novel coronavirus, but they have created a new online exhibition that reflects on current events surrounding the pandemic and the role of medicine in our lives. The exhibition, Medicine @ the Museum, pulls objects from their collection to explore current events and themes related to COVID-19 and examine the history of medicine and the ways we comfort, protect, and repair ourselves.

When: Anytime


Recurring Series Events


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, acclaimed Sybarite5 violinist and musician coach Sarah Whitney joins forces with Broadway and TV veteran Todd Buonopane to explore the possibilities and pitfalls of managing a busy artistic life.

This series is made possible by the transformative support of the Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund.

When: Each week until August 6th, this week Thursday, June 25th from 34 p.m. ET


Next up: Art Inspired by Identity with Donia Jarrar and Rosy Simas (7/9)

University of Michigan Press Author Live Talks

Beginning in June and running throughout the summer, the U-M Press Press will host 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, Derek Pollard, editor of Till One Day the Sun Shall Shine More Brightly, discusses the extraordinarily influential Donald Revell in this virtual author talk.

When: Weekly through August, this week Thursday, June 25th at 11 a.m. ET

Where: Attendance is free for all events, but please register in advance to make sure you receive the session link and password ahead of the talk.

Next up: The Mobile Art of Music: Danielle Fosler-Lussier presents Music on the Move (7/9)


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, the library features Dr. Scott Heerman, a 2011 Clements Library Price Fellow and author of The Alchemy of Slavery: Human Bondage and Emancipation in the Illinois Country, 1730-1865

When: Fridays at 10 a.m. ET, this Friday, June 26th 

Where: Register at You will receive your link to join the meeting via a confirmation email as well as a reminder email one hour before. 

Next up: Author Conversation with Martin Brückner (7/10)


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 pm. This Friday at 8 pm, tune in at for a presentation by milliner Stephen Jones.

When: Fridays at 8 p.m. ET



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 Marshall Marcus, President of the European Youth Orchestra. Tune in each week for new interviews.

When: Saturday, June 27th (new episodes air each Saturday)


Next up: Amy Fitterer, Executive Director of Dance USA