Actor/Writer Jon Glaser Discusses Comedy And His Career

Sunday November 26, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult
This event will be recorded

Spend a delightful afternoon with actor and writer Jon Glaser as he discusses television and his comedy career. Jon Glaser created, starred in, and co-wrote the TV shows Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, and Delocated. He played Councilman Jamm on Parks and Recreation, and Laird on HBO's Girls. Other TV credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and "Wonder Showzen."

Film credits include Trainwreck, "Be Kind Rewind," and "Pootie Tang." Cartoon voice work includes Bob's Burgers, Archer, "Lucy: Daughter of the Devil," TV Funhouse, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He appeared as Video Cowboy in the ESPN web series "Mayne Street," and he created, wrote, directed and starred in a series of web shorts for Comedy Central called "Tiny Hands."

As a writer and consultant, Jon's credits include Inside Amy Schumer, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Dana Carvey Show," "Human Giant," and "Cheap Seats." He has written several stories for The New York Times Magazine, and his writing has also appeared in ESPN The Magazine, The Onion A.V. Club, and online for New York Magazine.

His first book, My Dead Dad Was In ZZ Top was published by Harper Perennial, and he wrote and directed the music video for Bob Mould’s Star Machine.

Resilience to Alzheimer's Disease

Monday November 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of disability and death. New technologies are enabling scientists to study this disease as never before possible, but a curative “Alzheimer’s pill” remains out of reach. A recent report by an expert commission concluded that one third of Alzheimer’s cases are preventable, highlighting promising research on the role of modifiable lifestyle factors.

Dr. Laura Zahodne will discuss multiple pathways to building resilience to Alzheimer’s disease through individual and social changes.

Dr. Laura Zahodne is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She is a licensed psychologist with clinical expertise in the assessment of dementia. Dr. Zahodne has received early career awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Neuropsychiatric Association for her research, which focuses on risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease in diverse populations.

Dr. Zahodne is particularly interested in how psychosocial factors modify the Alzheimer’s disease pathogenic pathway, from brain structure to cognitive performance, and she holds multiple grants from the National Institute on Aging to fund her community-based research efforts.

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

Livestream Viewing Party of Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell Keynote

Monday November 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Can't find a seat at the main event? Join us at the Downtown Library to watch the livestream of the keynote presentation by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

Please note that this is an additional viewing opportunity — Congressman Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell will not be at AADL for this event. The main event is at Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109), and will offer open seating on a first come, first serve basis (i.e., there will be no tickets).

John Lewis is a civil rights leader and an American politician, serving Georgia’s 5th district since 1987. A member of the Democratic party leadership, Lewis has served as Senior Chief Deputy Whip since 2003. Born the son of Alabama sharecroppers, Lewis’s childhood was filled with deeply inspirational moments, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. heard on radio broadcasts. As a college student, Lewis’s inspiration fueled his commitment to end legalized racial segregation; he was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won Lewis the admiration of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress. Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. Lewis co-wrote his story with his then-Congressional Aid, now Digital Director and Policy Advisor, Andrew Aydin, in the form of the graphic novel trilogy, MARCH (2013). The collaborative work is illustrated by New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Nate Powell.

This Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series event is co-presented with the Conflict and Peace Initiative at the University of Michigan’s International Institute and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program. The Conflict and Peace Initiative is hosting a series of Fall 2017 social justice events called Marching Forward.

With additional support from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Political Science; Institute for the Humanities; National Center for Institutional Diversity; Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning; Rackham Graduate School; and Office of Research.

'Top Chef' and Author Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques

Monday November 27, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Kristen Kish was born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI. She showed an affinity for cooking at a young age. Her mother suggested she go to culinary school and since attending Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, Kish has never looked back.

After moving to Boston, Kish worked in many high-profile restaurants including Michelin-star Chef Guy Martin’s Sensing and Barbara Lynch’s Stir as Chef de Cuisine, overseeing all back of house operations, including the design and execution of nightly menus and demonstration dinners for 10 guests. Kish competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10 where she won the coveted title, becoming the second female chef to win the prestigious competition. She went on to become Chef de Cuisine of Menton, Chef Barbara Lynch’s fine dining restaurant. She left this position in 2014 to travel the world and write a cookbook.

Kish was co-host of “36 Hours,” a Travel Channel show that partnered with The New York Times to bring the hit newspaper column to television. In each episode, co-hosts Kish and Kyle Martino arrived in a new city where they had 36 hours to explore the most delicious foods and hot spots, and experienced the best attractions unique to each place.

Kish is currently traveling and will be going on tour with her first cookbook — Kristen Kish Cooking — which launches late October 2017.

Laughing Matters with Dr. Mary Bigler

Tuesday November 28, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Laugh and learn with internationally known educator, author, and humorist, Dr. Mary Bigler, as she shares memorable stories, humorous insights and solid ideas for dealing with the challenges of life. She will discuss the importance of great expectations, positive attitudes and a sense of humor in dealing with others. You won’t want to miss this dynamic, inspiring and fun-filled presentation.

Dr. Mary Bigler has been teaching, speaking, writing, and inspiring for more than fifty years. From pre-school teacher to college professor, in classrooms and lecture halls throughout the United States, Africa and Europe, Mary has spent her life promoting literacy, advocating for children and celebrating the joys of teaching, learning and living. She has shared the podium with such notables as Jesse Jackson, Zig Zigler, and Goldie Hawn.

She is an award-winning professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy courses. Dr. Bigler has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. She is regularly featured on BYU Radio World's Awaiting Children’s Literature show. Dr. Bigler is a past president of the Michigan Reading Association, appears in Who’s Who of American Women, and is the author of the highly acclaimed book "Mary Bigler’s Lessons Learned."

Film: Death is NOT the Answer

Friday December 1, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Keith Famie unearths the roots of depression and explores the reasons for suicidal tendencies in this documentary. The film features people from all over the country whose lives have been affected by suicide and depression, including suicide survivors, those who have lost friends and family to suicide, and medical professionals specializing in mental health. Death is NOT the Answer explores the causes of suicide while conveying the message that there are always alternatives to taking one’s own life. Keith Famie will moderate discussion after the film. This 2-hour, 2017 documentary is not rated.

Intro to Craft Cocktails

Tuesday December 5, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Get ready for holidays as you learn the secrets to stirring, shaking and mixing delicious cocktails for your guests. Along the way you'll learn about the history of cocktails and the modern craft cocktail renaissance, and discover the fascinating stories behind the spirits and liqueurs that go into them. This is a demonstration-style event, but you'll leave with recipes and know-how to make them yourself!

Your guide is Tammy Coxen, who has been sharing her enthusiasm for food and drink with the Ann Arbor community for over 10 years, mostly recently through her popular Tammy's Tastings website and cocktail classes. She is a regular commentator on Michigan Radio's Stateside program, discussing drinks with a Michigan twist.

Candy Making 101 with Keegan Rodgers

Friday December 8, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

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 candy!

In this class, students will learn how to make chocolate truffles and bark, plus how to work with sugar to make rock candies or brittle! The ingredients, the steps involved with each candy, and how to properly store the finished product will all be covered in this class. You get to try some of Keegan's tasty treats too!

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

Raw Vegan Winter Tips

Tuesday December 12, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Get great tips from an expert on how you can maintain a fresh diet and have a vibrant winter.

Ellen Livingston is a certified yoga teacher and has benefited from a raw vegan diet since 2002. Ellen offers yoga and raw food classes in the community and at her home on 5 acres in Ann Arbor. Ellen also offers life coaching and health retreats.

This event is in partnership with the People's Food Co-Op.

Lights, Camera, Austen: the screen adaptations of Jane Austen

Wednesday December 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

U-M graduate student instructor Anne Mecklenburg will discuss the many, many adaptations of Jane Austen's work. Have you seen every Jane Austen miniseries multiple times? Remain devoted to the Greer Garson/Laurence Olivier Pride and Prejudice? Really liked that one with the zombies? Loved Clueless? No matter your favorite, this event is a chance to learn more about the history and context of Jane Austen novels on film. Naturally, we'll be watching a lot of clips!

This event is part of a partnership with the University of Michigan Jane Austen 1817-2017: A Bicentennial Exhibit.