Faculty Lecture Series: Anita Gonzalez: International Theatre for Social Change: Community Liaisons @ Benzinger Library
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The presentation discusses three projects for social change based in Liverpool UK, Johannesburg South Africa, and with Chippewa communities of the Upper Peninsula and Canada. Two of the projects focus on activism against gender-based violence and one explores Black identities in international context. Gonzalez discussed how social activist interventions can manifest as performance-based projects, academic writings, or public scholarship. Community-based activism requires ongoing engagement with partner organizations working for common goals.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this event, please contact Center for World Performance Studies, at 734-936-2777, at least one week in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.

Jeffrey Eugenides: Fresh Complaint, with Claire Vaye Watkins @ Michigan Union Ballroom
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, author of The Virgin Suicidesand Middlesex, is joined by local novelist Claire Vaye Watkins in a discussion of Fresh Complaint, his new collection of short stories about characters that range from a failed poet who turns to embezzlement to a high school student whose drastic decision upends the life of a middle-aged physicist.
7 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom. Tickets $28.62 (includes a copy of the book) in advance at 585-5567.

Rebekah Modrak and Contributors: #exstrange @ Literati
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Literati is excited to host a panel discussion of the new book #exstrange: A Curatorial Intervention on Ebay 

About #Exstrange
#exstrange: a curatorial intervention on eBay presents the #exstrange exhibition project, which transformed one of the largest marketplaces on the web — eBay — into a site of artistic production. This book documents artworks, reveals the aftermath of auctions and correspondences between artists and bidders, and features essays by lead curators Marialaura Ghidini and Rebekah Modrak, cultural critic Mark Dery, journalist Rob Walker, media and material culture scholar Padma Chirumamilla, guest curator Gaia Tedone, and artist and writer Renee Carmichael.

Over 80 contemporary artists and designers created “artworks as auctions” for #exstrange between January 15 and April 15, 2017, each using the elements of the auction listing–descriptive text, images, pricing, and categories–as tools of production.

Works include artist Lucy Pawlak’s collaboration with the Beat Officer to sell a series of clay objects as missing evidence from unexplained events in Mexico; IOCOSE’s sale of instant protests in the category “Specialty Services” where buyers chose the protest mantras, and outsourced performers demonstrated; and Susanne Cockrell & Ted Purves’ offering of a stick-gun with the memory of their son’s play in “Entertainment Memorabilia.”

Panel Participants:

Rebekah Modrak, Co-curator of #exstrange, and Associate Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan.

Sophia Brueckner#exstrange artist, and Assistant Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan.

Masimba Hwati#exstrange artist, and MFA candidate, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan.

Fred Feinberg#exstrange guest curator, and Professor of Marketing and Statistics, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Padma Chirumamilla, wrote the essay “Guarantees and Ghosts: Breakdowns in Everyday Life” for the #exstrange book, and PhD candidate, School of Information, University of Michigan.

Fred Mayer: A Setting for Excellence: The Story of the Planning and Development of the Ann Arbor Campus …. @ Hatcher Library Rm 100
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Former U-M planner Fred Mayer, a founding member of the Society for College and University Planning, discusses his 2015 book. In conjunction with the Clark Library exhibit Creating a Campus: A Cartographic Celebration of U-M’s Bicentennial, which runs through Dec. 20 on the 2nd floor of the Hatcher Grad Library.
6 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 647-0646.

Stepping Beyond: Childhood Stories of Memorable Characters Who Stretched Our Understanding of the World @ AADL Multipurpose Room
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

AADL director Josie Barnes Parker, AADL storyteller Kayla Coughlin, and AADL youth librarian Laura Pershin Raynor, a former National Storyteller of the Year, tell funny, touching stories, interspersed with guitar-and-banjo tunes by local musicians Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555.

Hillary Clinton: What Happened @ Hill Auditorium
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This 2016 Democratic presidential candidate discusses her new book, What Happened.
Hill Auditorium, 7 p.m. Tickets $62-$112 in advance at

Alan Taylor: Transforming the Continent @ Robertson Auditorium, Ross School of Business
Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor discusses his book, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. Book sale & signing.
6:30-8 p.m., U-M Ross School of Business Robertson Auditorium, 701 E. Tappan. Free; preregistration requested at, 764-5864.

Aunt Agatha’s 25th Anniversary Celebration: William Kent Krueger and Julia Keller @ AADL Multipurpose Room
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We’ll be celebrating our 25th anniversary at the Ann Arbor Library on Thursday, October 19. Robin will be interviewing William Kent Krueger and Julia Keller. We’re very grateful to our loyal customers and to the Ann Arbor District Library for so often being a very generous partner. We’re also grateful to Mr. Krueger and Ms. Keller who have appeared at the store with each of their books.


RC 50th: Poster Sessions @ Upper Atrium
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

RC Students talk about and display posters relating to their academic research in RC classes; organized by Catherine Badgley, Assistant Professor and Head, Science, Technology and Society Program

RC 50th: Prison Creative Arts (PCAP) Social Justice Careers Panel @ Keene Theater, RC
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Prison Creative Arts (PCAP) Social Justice Careers Panel followed by reception in the Keene Lobby.
Panel Members: TBA