Attend at Home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of October 19th | Arts & Culture

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Attend at Home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of October 19th

Attend at Home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of October 19th

This Thursday, join an important conversation on the biographic documentary about the life of legendary civil rights pioneer, activities, and congressman, John Lewis. In 2017, Rep. Lewis spoke at a packed Hill Auditorium.

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.

RACE, GENDER, AND RIGHTS: HISTORIES OF THE PRACTICE OF DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP

What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States? The Clements Library in partnership with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences will host a virtual panel discussion featuring Derrick Spires and Martha Jones. The conversation will be moderated by Ben Vinson III, Provost of Case Western Reserve University. 

When: Monday, Oct. 19, 7–8:30 p.m. EDT

UMS AND FORD SCHOOL PRESENT: A CONVERSATION WITH TREVOR NOAH

In this virtual event, Trevor Noah reflects on the state of our nation and discusses how the U-M community can, in spite of isolation, come together around the arts, pursue racial justice, and rise to the challenge of this moment. The free event is open to the U-M community, and UMS and Ford School supporters and event attendees. You must register for this event in advance.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m. EDT

UMS DIGITAL PRESENTATION: TAKÁCS QUARTET

Due to COVID-19, UMS is converting this season’s Takács Quartet program to a free digital presentation. The concert will premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm and will remain available on demand through Saturday, Oct. 24. The program will include works by Florence Price, Mozart, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Bartók, and Debussy.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 21–Saturday, Oct. 24

REIMAGINING DETROIT’S MUSEUM AND CULTURAL DISTRICT

How might Detroit’s museums and cultural institutions better serve the city’s communities and empower its people? The panelists, Anya Sirota, Harley Etienne, Oliver Ragsdale and Elana Rugh, will share their experience with cultural programming, education, urban and museum planning in Detroit and discuss Detroit’s Cultural Center Planning Initiative. 

When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m. EDT

ISR INSIGHTS: PERSPECTIVES ON THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

University of Michigan political scientists 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. Panelists will discuss race and voting behavior and minority voters as well as the American Federal System during fraught times.

When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m. EDT

JOHN LEWIS: THE LEGACY OF A LIFE LIVED IN GOOD TROUBLE

Troy, Alabama. Selma. Nashville. Washington, DC. John Lewis’ journey bore witness to the trials and tribulations of the civil rights movement. Join the Democracy & Debate Theme Semester for an important conversation on the biographic documentary about the life of this legendary civil rights pioneer, activities, and congressman, John Lewis: Good Trouble. 

When: Thursday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m. EDT

U-M CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PRESENTS: BRAVE BLUE WORLD VIRTUAL SCREENING AND PANEL

Narrated by Liam Neeson, the documentary Brave Blue World challenges some of the commonly held myths and assumptions about water, and introduces the pioneers and innovators at the front line addressing global water and sanitation challenges in new and creative ways. The film includes interviews with leading water activists and researchers, including Matt Damon and U-M Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Glen Daigger.

When: Friday, Oct. 23, 4:30–6:30 p.m. EDT

RUDE MECHANICALS PRESENTS: THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Welcome to Rude Mechanicals’ production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time, a play by Simon Stephens. Although they have lovely footage of the actors’ recording process for you to view, they originally intended this show to be listened to as a radio play. So, if you like, please feel free to plug in some headphones, close your eyes, and listen in.

When: Friday, Oct. 23–Sunday, Oct. 25

KELSEY MUSEUM FAMILY WEEK 2020: ANCIENT STORYTELLING

Instead of an in-person gathering at the Kelsey, Family Day will take place on the Kelsey website and will last all week. Starting on Sunday, October 18, the Kelsey Museum will post new videos and family-friendly downloadable activities every day of the week.

When: Sunday, Oct.18–Friday, Oct. 23

RECURRING SERIES EVENTS

This week’s Penny Stamps Speakers Series will feature Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama and the collaborators at U-M and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History who worked together to install the exhibition of In-Between the World & Dreams in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

PENNY STAMPS SPEAKERS SERIES: IBRAHIM MAHAMA: IN-BETWEEN THE WORLD AND DREAMS

This conversation brings together collaborators of the ambitious Institute for the Humanities-led project, In-Between the World and Dreams: Amanda Krugliak, Ozi Uduma, Neil Alan Barclay, and Ibrahim Mahama, internationally known Ghanaian artist and Director of the Savannah Center for the Arts in Tamale, Ghana. 

When: Friday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m. EDT

Next up: Nusrat Durrani: My Country is Burning Within Me / An American Prayer

PERFORMING THE MOMENT, PERFORMING THE MOVEMENT: TIFFANY NG

In this session, Tiffany Ng performs several selections from her recent concerts in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and #SayHerName on the carillon, and discusses recent efforts on this most public of instruments to expand beyond a diversity, equity & inclusion mindset to an actively anti-racist approach to the music that hundreds to thousands of people hear from bell towers each day.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m. EDT

Next up: T. Ayo Alston, founder, executive director, composer, and choreographer of Ayodele Drum and Dance

ZELL VISITING WRITERS SERIES: JENNY ZHANG

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. Jenny Zhang’s debut story collection, Sour Heart, centers on immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City. Zhang is currently adapting Sour Heart into a feature-length film for A24.

When: Reading and Q&A on Thursday, Oct. 22, 5–6:30 p.m. EDT. Craft Lecture: “Bringing Literary Sensibilities to Film and TV” on Friday, Oct. 23, 10–11 a.m. EDT.

Next up: Author Megha Majumdar

THE MARK WEBSTER READING SERIES

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 Maya Dobjensky [Fiction] and Serena Dobson [Poetry].

When: Friday, Oct. 23, 7–8 p.m. EDT

Next up: Connor Greer [Fiction] and Mary Spooner [Poetry]. 

POLICING BLACK POWER: FROM WATTS TO DETROIT

This public minicourse will explore several examples of how state institutions have used “law and order” in efforts to curb and to control Black power from the 1965 Watts Rebellion in California, to the Flint water crisis, to contemporary movement struggles in Detroit. Each week, we will be joined by Detroit activist-scholars – young and old – who will share both the personal and the political to help everyone more deeply understand what is happening today in Detroit and in our country more broadly. 

When: Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m. EDT (Oct. 21–Dec. 2)

DEMOCRACY CONVERSATIONS: NUMBER TWO

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. 20, 7–8 p.m. EDT

Next up: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. EDT

UMS PRESENTS YOU CAN DANCE—OUTSIDE! WITH HALEEM “STRINGS” RASUL

During the months of August, September, and October, UMS’s popular You Can Dance series will be moving outdoors, where dancers and “curious movers” can participate while socially distanced. Advance registration is required. In the final You Can Dance workshop of this year, Haleem “Strings” Rasul will be teaching Detroit Jit.

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. EDT

DPTV’S “ARTS ENGINES” WITH SMTD PROFESSOR AARON DWORKIN

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 Michael Kaiser, Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. EDT

Next up: Francisco Nunez, founder and artistic director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

 

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