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  • Saturday, November 15, 2014
    9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (doors close at 9:30 a.m.)
    "Re-Discover the Present Moment."
    A half-day retreat in mindfulness
    U-M Rackham Bldg. Assembly Hall (4th Floor), 915 E. Washington St.,
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
    The morning retreat is sponsored by the Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education (MC4ME), and is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in experiencing mindfulness and learning about its application in schools.
    Cost: $35 regular admission, $25 for students. Visit MC4ME's website for more details, contact information, and to register in advance;
    or use this link to puchase online at: Eventbrite.
    View MC4ME's featured poster.

  • Wednesday, October 8, 2014 // 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    "A Glimpse into the Royal Instruments and Music of West Africa."
    Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Branch
    AADL multipurpose room (lower level),
    343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2217
    The U-M Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) welcomes Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen) to the University of Michigan for one month. While in Ann Arbor, as part of the CWPS Community Outreach Program, they will share valuable first-hand experience about the Akan and Asante cultures in Ghana (Africa) at two AADL events.
    "African Culture: A Royal Perspective."

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 // 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Downtown Branch, AADL multipurpose room
    For additional information, call (734) 327-4555 (library).

    A third public lecture will also be presented, on the U-M campus, as part of the U-M CWPS' Artist in Residence Lecture Series:
    "African Culture: A Royal Perspective."

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 // 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    Michigan League, Room D // 911 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265
    All three events are co-sponsored by the U-M Searns Collection, the
    U-M King•Chavéz•Parks Visiting Professors Program, and the U-M Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs.

    Full details at U-M CWPS' website, or contact (734) 936-2777.

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 // 7:00 p.m.
    "Toward a Science of Consciousness." Ann Arbor Templetonians
    Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103-2948
    A talk by Professor in Molecular and Integrative Physiology at U-M Medical School, Thomas Michael Ferrari.
    Ferrari will share concepts presented at the 20th-Anniversary TSC meeting of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, which he recently attended in Tucson.
    Free. For more information, visit the A2 Templetonian's meetup website. Also see Consciousness Central, featuring video interviews at
    TSC 2014.

  • Friday, May 16, 2014 // Open Talk: 7:00 p.m.
    and Saturday, May 17, 2014 // Day-Long Retreat: 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Insight Meditation Ann Arbor (IMA2) sponsors:
    Friday Night: "Finding Joy and Happiness In The Here And Now,"
    A Dharma-Talk, by Chas DiCapua.

    Free & open to the public, no registration required.
    Saturday: "Cultivating a Kind Attention,"
    A Day-Long Retreat led by Chas DiCapua.

    Free, but online registration required: insightmeditationannarbor.org/register/retreats.
    For both events:
    Speaker- Chas DiCapua is currently Resident Teacher at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. See his bio at: www.dharma.org/teachers.
    Donation- Though both events are offered free of charge, there are expenses. Donations gratefully accepted.
    Location- Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth (ICSG), 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108-3606
    Map & driving directions: interfaithspirit.org/704.html.
    For more information about the event-
    Visit insightmeditationannarbor.org/events.html.
    or email info@insightmeditationannarbor.org.

  • Sunday, May 11, 2014 // 10:00-11:00 a.m.
    "The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism." Jewel Heart Buddhist Center
    1129 Oak Valley Dr. (between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth),
    Ann Arbor, MI 48108-9674
    Every Sunday Morning- A talk by Gelek Rimpoche, an incarnate lama from Tibet, who lives in Ann Arbor.
    Free. For more information, call (734) 994-3387 or visit www.jewelheart.org/chapters/ann-arbor.

  • Saturday, May 10, 2014 // 3:30-8:30 p.m.
    and Sunday, May 11, 2014 // 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    "Buddha's Birthday Celebration." Zen Buddhist Temple of Ann Arbor
    1214 Packard St. (at Wells), Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3814
    The most festive occasion of the Buddhist year.
    Saturday Events:
    Workshop: "Mindfulness in Everyday Life"
    with Kogi Jennifer Ratliff.
    6:00 p.m. 11th Annual Buddha's Evening Celebration.
    Vegetarian Buffet Extraordinaire and Entertainment.
    Sunday Events:
    9:30 a.m.
    Meditation and Dharma-Talk by resident priest Haju Murray, with the traditional "Bathing of Baby Buddha" with sweet tea.
    12:00 noon. Blessing Service for Children. (Prior registration required.)
    3:00 p.m. "An Introduction to Meditation"
    7:30 p.m. Service: Lantern-Lighting (a unique Korean tradition), Chanting, and Scriptural Readings by representatives from other area Buddhist groups.
    All Events: Free, except Sat. Evening Celebration (adults $12;
    students $6; small children $5; families $30). Tickets available in advance (734) 761-6520, and at the door.
    For more information, visit zenbuddhisttemple.org/locations/annarbor.

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014 // 7:00-8:30 p.m.
    "Sensory Communication: Relaying and Receiving Information Through Touch." Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Branch
    AADL multipurpose room (lower level),
    343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2217
    A talk by U-M performing arts technology professor Sile O’Modhrain,
    in the context of the current AADL Helen Keller exhibit,
    "Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired,"
    May 2 - June 25, 2014, Downtown Library Lobby And 3rd Floor

    An interactive, fully accessible National Traveling Exhibit from the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind.
    Opening Reception, Friday, May 2, 2014 // 7:00 p.m.
    including remarks from Micheal A. Hudson, APH Museum Director.
    Free. To learn more about the exhibit, visit www.aadl.org/node/258413. For additional information, call (734) 327-4555.

  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014 // 7:30 p.m.
    "The Foundation Stone Meditation." First Tuesday Talks, Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America
    Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1797
    A talk by Christian Community of America, Detroit region representative: priest J. Michael Brewer.
    Free. For more information, call (734) 276-5294 or visit www.anthroposophy.org/groups/ann-arbor-mi-great-lakes-branch.

  • Sunday, May 4, 2014 // 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    (Rain date: Sunday, May 11, 2014; same time)
    Water Hill Music Fest 2014
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    A creative, one-of-a-kind, outdoor, neighborhood music festival— featuring an eclectic range of musical styles and performers (from amateurs to local favorites and seasoned professionals). Over 90 acts performing in this fourth year, including,
    5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Ed Sarath and Friends— Jazz, World Music and Beyond. Ed Sarath, flugelhorn; Andrew Bishop, saxophone; Dan Bennett, saxophone; Ingrid Racine, trumpet; Dennis Wilson, trombone; Michael Gould, percussion.
    Full festival schedule and details available at waterhill.org. Free.

  • Saturday, April 26, 2014 // 2:00 p.m.
    Michigan Premier of the movie Room to Breathe
    U-M Rackham Ampitheatre (4th Floor), 915 E. Washington St.,
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
    The Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education (MC4ME) will present Room to Breathe, the first mainstream documentary to portray bringing mindfulness into education. Audience Q&A with panelists, following the movie. Tickets can be purchased via MC4ME.org.
    To view the trailer and learn more about the film, visit
    www.roomtobreathefilm.com. View featured poster.

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Artists in Residence

Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III (Sanaahene) and Nana Afia Adoma II (Queen) of Akan Culture, Ghana (Africa) are offering three public lectures this fall.
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