NY Times Op-Ed Columnist Charles M. Blow

Friday October 20, 2017: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm -- Rackham Auditorium 915 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor

NY Times Op-Ed columnist Charles M. Blow visits Ann Arbor for a special keynote presentation at Rackham Auditorium.

The lecture, organized by the Humility in the Age of Self-Promotion Colloquium at the University of Michigan, will be on the topic of Donald Trump, arrogance, pride, and American democracy.

Charles M. Blow's Op-Ed column in The New York Times appears on Thursdays and Mondays. Mr. Blow’s columns tackle hot-button issues such as social justices, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Mr. Blow is also a CNN commentator, a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, and author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which won a Lambda Literary Award, the Sperber Prize, and made multiple lists of best books published in 2014.

Partners for this lecture include The Ann Arbor District Library and these University of Michigan units: The Center for Engaged Academic Learning, The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Communication Studies, The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, The Department of American Culture, The Department of History, The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, The Ginsberg Center, The Institute for the Humanities, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, The Office of DEI, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, The Residential College, and The Spectrum Center.

Bruce Winslow Discusses His Work and Presents Awards for the AAWA Fall 2017 Juried Exhibition

Friday October 20, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

In conjunction with their annual exhibition, the Ann Arbor Women Artists join with the Library to present this lecture by Bruce Winslow, artist, former director of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, and the juror for the Fall 2017 exhibit at the Library. Winners of this juried exhibition will also be announced.

The evening will begin with a 6:30 pm reception, where the public is invited to view the exhibition before the lecture and awards presentation.

A Midland native, Bruce Winslow is a graduate of Central Michigan University (BFA) and the Pratt Institute (MFA) in Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the Midland Center for the Arts in 1988 managing studio tours, quickly moved into public relations. He became interim director in 1997 and was the director until his retirement in January 2017. Winslow paints large, improvisational abstract oils and has participated in many group and solo exhibitions. He has taught studio art and college-level art history.

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization of approximately 330+ women and men with connections to Ann Arbor, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

Each calendar year the AAWA holds two or three juried shows. A juror is invited to select from a large group of submissions a final show that is a reflection of the body of work produced by the membership which ranges from beginning to professional artist.

Author M. Joanne Nesbit Discusses Her Book "Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan"

Sunday October 22, 2017: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Graced by the Huron River with an abundance of parks, Ann Arbor offers residents and visitors entertainment, sports, shopping, dining, and of course, the University of Michigan.

Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan celebrates its citizens. Many are creative artists, inspiring educators, dedicated public servants, and determined business owners. With the exception of Lewis the cat, who reigned at Downtown Home and Garden, this book is filled with stories about people who have made and are making Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the United States.

Join co-author Joanne Nesbit as she discusses some of the great stories they discovered while putting together the book and how local legends were selected. With a career spanning journalism and as a public information officer at Indiana University and the University of Michigan, Nesbit has always been fascinated by local history, stories, and people. She is the author of three other books, and is the founder of Knitwits at the University of Michigan.

The event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

Breaking the Stress Cycle from Childhood to Adulthood

Monday October 23, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The U.S. is experiencing a widespread and growing stress epidemic. Stress related disorders and diseases have been on the rise for decades according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. National surveys that assess how stressed and anxious we feel show a very similar pattern. And it shows up in our bodies, even before we get sick: the “physiological stress load” that tracks key biological markers shows similar increases, and is getting worse as each new age group enters adulthood. More children and youth may also be experiencing greater stress dysregulation and difficulties in coping, owing to the lifelong impact of early life adversity that is tied biologically and psychologically to this epidemic.

Join Dr. Daniel P. Keating for a fascinating evening as he discusses that research shows how we can break this cycle, both for individuals and families at every stage of development, and for society more generally.

Dr. Keating is currently Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics, and Research Professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. His current research focuses on the impact of early life adversity on child and youth development, and on the neurodevelopmental pathways in adolescent risk behavior. His most recent book is Born Anxious: The Lifelong Impact of Early Life Adversity – and How to Break the Cycle.

This program is part of the "Exploring the Mind" series and is a partnership with The University of Michigan Department of Psychology

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Switching Perspectives, From Outside to Inside

Tuesday October 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Brian Truskowski of BMT Wellness returns with a new spin on his self-care classes.

This class will offer an invitation to go deeper into yourself, maybe deeper than you’ve ever been. It will invite you to explore love and seasons, learning to practice pulling back to see yourself from the outside, while looking inward.

This self-empowerment class is for people who want to go deeper in their lives, connect with a part of themselves they may not know, and do it in a safe space. This monthly series will run through November. The classes will build upon each other, but each class stands on its own, so attendees may join any time.

Brian is a licensed Bodyworker and Massage Therapist in Ann Arbor and a member of the ManKind Project, whose mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet.

Doug Stanton Discusses His New Book: "The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 TET Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War"

Wednesday October 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

On January 31st, 1968 as many as 100,000 North Vietnamese soldiers attacked thirty-six cities throughout South Vietnam in an attack known as the Tet Offensive. This attack was a turning point in the decade-long war that led to, among other things, LBJ’s decision not to run for re-election. It was a national watershed moment, but for 19-year-old Stan Parker and the young men of the US Army’s recon platoon, Echo Company of the 101st Airborne Division, the attack was the start of a brutal fight for survival.

As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Tet Offensive, The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 TET Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War offers a breathtaking portrait of war, homecoming, and a search for peace.

More than ten years in the making, and based on hours of interviews with soldiers, detailed letters written to and from Echo Company, Pentagon after-action reports, photographs and video footage, this new book by the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers offers the untold and remarkable story of a platoon of American soldiers and their heroic efforts to survive the Vietnam War – both on the battlefield and after their return home to the US.

Doug Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and author who has appeared on numerous TV and radio outlets, including NBC’s “Today,” CNN, Imus In The Morning, Discovery, A&E, Fox News, NPR, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and NBC’s Nightly News, and has been covered extensively in prominent publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times. He has written on travel, sport, entertainment, and history, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, the New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Slate, The Daily Beast, and the Washington Post.

This event is a partnership with Nicola's Books and includes a book signing. Books will be for sale at the event.

DIY Natural Beauty

Monday October 30, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

In this hands-on session, learn to create your own beauty and skincare products using clean, natural ingredients that you can feel good about using on your body and in your home!

Lizzy House is a well-known artist, author, maker, and teacher. She has taught workshops worldwide, and is happy and eager to share her love of creating and wellness in Southeast Michigan.

Perfect Pies & Tarts with Keegan Rodgers

Wednesday November 1, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People's Food Co-Op, leads this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make the perfect pie dough.

Participants will take home enough dough for two single crust pies or one double crust pie. Learn the difference between pies and tarts, understand the different fillings and crusts for pies and tarts, and understand how to blind bake a pie shell.

Attendees will leave with new baking skills and literature to take home. Tastes of Keegan's baked goods will be included, too!

This event is cosponsored by the People's Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

Overcoming Anxiety: Practical Techniques to Help Yourself or a Loved One

Sunday November 5, 2017: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Anxiety and stress are normal parts of life, though excessive anxiety causes needless suffering and can prevent one from achieving their potential.

This program will provide information about the underlying causes of anxiety within biological, psychological, and social contexts. Participants will learn about evidence-based, cognitive behavioral strategies to decrease physiological arousal, improve sleep, manage self-defeating thinking, and to keep the mind focused and under control. The skills learned in this program are basic steps to leading a healthier, balanced life in the face of anxiety.

Donald Zaksek, Psy.D., L.P., from Integrative Psychology of Ann Arbor, is a licensed psychologist with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy.

Alzheimer's Association: Legal and Financial Planning for the Future

Monday November 6, 2017: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Katie Peil, LLMSW and Program Coordinator for Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, and Attorney Lisa Beatty, from the Nawrocki Law Center for Elder Law, Special Needs, and Disability Planning, will present and answer questions on the topic of legal and financial planning for the future.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can change plans that families have for the future. This program will cover important legal and financial information to consider as the disease progresses and plans are made for the future. Participants will learn more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place.

This event is in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.