Attend at Home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of October 12th
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.
Moderated by Dean Jonathan Massey, the panel of alumni experts will break down how the pandemic has changed design thinking in the world of work, and what we can expect in a post-pandemic office landscape.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7–8 p.m. EDT
Join the Stamps Gallery for a virtual panel discussion with Stamps School of Art & Design students as they discuss their work in “Respond/ Resist/ Rethink: A Student Poster & Video Exhibition”. This event is moderated by Professional Visual Artist and Stamps Admissions Counselor, Heriberto Palacio III and will be followed by a live Q&A.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12–1:30 p.m. EDT
Sheryl Oring returns to University of Michigan for a month-long performance of “I Wish to Say” from Sept. 29 – Nov. 1, as part of the university’s Democracy & Debate Theme Semester in collaboration with Stamps Gallery. In this project, Oring invites university students across the country to dictate a message to the next president, typing the notes on vintage typewriters.
When: Tuesdays, 4:30–6:30 p.m. EDT; Sundays, 1–3 p.m. EDT through Nov. 1.
Selected messages from Sheryl Oring’s “I Wish to Say” will be set in Voters’ Broadcast, a new musical work conceived and composed by Lisa Bielawa, which will bring together choirs from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m. EDT
You know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but how does it end up with the cover it has, anyway? Join artist Ben Denzer for this informative and fun lecture on his experience designing book covers for the Penguin publishing house.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7–8 p.m. EDT
Join the Bentley Historical Library for this webinar with U-M Professor Stephen Ward, who will discuss the impact of the Black Power movement and struggles around race, nationally and locally, at U-M during the 1960s and 1970s. He’ll discuss the Black Action Movement (BAM I), the motivations and rationale for Black Studies as an academic discipline, and the origins of U-M’s Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS).
When: Thursday, Oct. 15, 7–8:30 p.m. EDT
Looking to put the “social” into “social distancing” and use your voice before the election? Host a game-night style SparkVotes Party! Yours will be one of many SparkVotes parties happening (virtually) all across the UM-Ann Arbor campus on October 17th. Your guests will compete in several fun, non-partisan, voting-themed games, with prizes involved.
When: Saturday, Oct. 17
RECURRING SERIES EVENTS
The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series is pleased to announce the Fall 2020 lineup, bringing respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields direct to your screen of choice. Philippa P.B. Hughes is a social sculptor and creative strategist who produces art-fueled projects that spark humanizing and authentic conversations across political, social, and cultural divides.
When: Friday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m. EDT
Next up: Ibrahim Mahama: In-Between the World and Dreams
Manuscripts Curator Cheney Schopieray hosts a conversation about the story of William H. Busbey and his family with Ted Young, a Busbey descendant, and Linda Zimmermann (Author of “Civil War Memories: The Collected Writings of Sgt. William H. Busbey (1839-1906)”). The Busbey papers (1838-1928, bulk 1848-1903) reside at the Clements Library.
When: Friday, Oct.16, 10–11 a.m. EDT
In this session, Javier Cardona Otero—a performing artist, critical educator, and facilitator of art experiences as education—will depart from his most recent performance art piece, Taxonomía of a Spicy Espécimen, to engage in a conversation about his work in the arts and in education.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6:30–7:30 p.m. EDT
Next up: Tiffany Ng (she/her/hers), an assistant professor of carillon and university carillonist at the University of Michigan.
The Zell Visiting Writers Series is a reading series featuring writers from all over North America and from abroad, as well as from our Michigan community. Téa Obreht writes fiction that explores themes of narrative, myth and memory. In Inland, Obreht’s second novel, Obreht takes on the sweeping mythology of the American West, reimagining myths and forging new truths about the American West.
When: Reading and Q&A on Thursday, Oct. 15, 5–6:30 p.m. EDT. Craft Lecture: “The Mystery of the Story” on Friday, Oct. 16, 10–11 a.m. EDT.
Next up: Author Jenny Zhang
HONORS SEMINARS SERIES: SARA FITZGERALD–50 YEARS AFTER THE U-M SEX BIAS COMPLAINT: AN HONORS ALUMNA LOOKS BACK AT THE “CONQUERING HEROINES”
Author of “Conquering Heroines”, and Honors alumna, Sara Fitzgerald is a former editor and new-media developer for the Washington Post and was the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Daily. Fitzgerald will reflect on how that time on campus shaped her own career aspirations and writing interests.
When: Monday, Oct. 12, 2–3 p.m. EDT
Next up: Dr. John Burkhardt–My Life as an Academic Emergency Physician: Letting Curiosity and a Desire to Help Others Guide Your Career
In advance of the Presidential election, UMMA and U-M’s Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning created the “Dialogue Deck for Personal and Political Reflection.” The Dialogue Deck pairs twelve images from UMMA’s permanent collection with provocative discussion prompts designed to encourage conversation and reflection about US culture and politics.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7–8 p.m. EDT
Next up: Oct. 20, 7 p.m. EDT
U-M LIBRARY RITES OF READING SERIES: THE POLITICAL CREATURES OF WONDERLAND: JOHN TENNIEL’S PUNCH CARTOONS
This series, “Rites of Reading: Elephant, Donkey, Bull Moose, and Others,” is set in the context of the Democracy & Debate theme semester. Guest speakers examine how animal stories — fable, folk tale, fantasy, picture and chapter book adventures — have shaped U.S. presidents and their children. Jan Susina, professor of English (Illinois State University) will discuss the political cartoons of John Tenniel, illustrator of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1866), and later political uses and references to the creatures of Wonderland.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 3–3:30 p.m. EDT
Next up: An Un-Birthday Present
ISR INSIGHTS SPEAKER SERIES: THE STATE OF THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN WITH LESS THAN A MONTH TO GO
Michael Traugott, Josh Pasek, and Stuart Soroka will provide an update on the 2020 contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden with an emphasis on the current state of public opinion about the candidates and key issues in the campaign.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. EDT
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 Roderick Cox, Aspen Music Festival and School alum, founder of Roderick Cox Music Initiative, and former associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.
When: Saturday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m. EDT
Next up: Michael Kaiser, Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management
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