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Ann Arbor: A Changing Landscape -- Summer Lecture Series
Has Ann Arbor always been a wonderful place in which to live and play? How has it changed and how did those changes feed into its vibrancy today, and what can we expect for tomorrow's Ann Arbor? This three-lecture series will feature local personalities who will explore how changes in three different aspects of our town - medical treatment, neighborhood life, and the entertainment scene have helped create an interesting, enjoyable, and energetic place. The three lectures will be held on Thursdays, June 29th, July 13th, and July 27th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Washtenaw Community College Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. Fee: $15 for the series or $10 per lecture at the door. OLLI membership is not required. The Summer Lecture Series is also included as part of both the complete lecture series package and the Thursday lecture series package. Lecture 1 -- June 29th FREDERICK NOVY AND THE BEGINNINGS OF BACTERIOLOGY IN MEDICINE Powel Harold Kazanjian, M.D., Ph.D. Powel Kazanjian is Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Professor at Michigan Medicine. He is also a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. He teaches undergraduate courses in medical history and performs research in the histoty of epidemic diseases and history of bacteriology. Speaker's Synopsis: Frederick Novy was a bacteriology researcher at the University of Michigan from 1889 to 1933. His work investigating fundamental aspects of microbial behavior was distinctly different for his time. His work was foundational in helping to establish the contours of biomedical institutions as we know them today. The presentation is based on a book on this subject recently published by the author. Lecture 2 -- July 13th DOWNTOWN ANN ARBOR: YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW Ray Detter and Susan Pollay Ray Detter is Coordinator of the prize-winning Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Program. He is also the Mayor and City Council s Liaison and Chair of the Downtown Ann Arbor Citizens Advisory Council, a group of eight downtown residents appointed to advise the Downtown Development Authority, City Council, and other groups on development plans for the downtown area. Susan Pollay is Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. She leads a team to implement projects supportive of the DDA s mission to strengthen downtown and encourage private investment. This includes managing public parking and undertaking strategic and impactful downtown planning and improvement projects. Speakers' Synopsis: Many of us recognize that downtown Ann Arbor is in the midst of rapid change. What should we preserve? What changes should we accept or reject? How can we do it? An awareness of our historical past, it's values and identity, as well as understanding the challenges and potential opportunities of our present condition are essential to making the wise decisions necessary for the future of downtown Ann Arbor and our entire community. Lecture 3 -- July 27rd ENTERTAINMENT: AS IT WAS, AS IT IS, AND AS IT MIGHT BE Russ Collins Russ Collins is Executive Director of the Michigan Theater Foundation operating the Michigan Theater, the State Theatre, and Cinetopia - Detroit's International Film Festival. He is Founding Director of the Art House Convergence, a national organization for independent cinemas operated with the Sundance Film Festival. Raised in Ann Arbor, he is married to Deb Polich, has three grown children, and two wonderful grandchildren. Speaker's Synopsis: Russ Collins is a history buff and an expert on its theater history. Ann Arbor has wisely preserved many of its theaters: Michigan, State, Hill, Mendelsohn, and Rackham. Each has a fascinating history and architectural pedigree. However, many were lost - some tragically so and some the result of evolution. Russ will provide highlights and historic tidbits of these fascinating buildings that celebrate the arts, entertainment, and community, as well as thoughts about Ann Arbor's development and what going to movies, concerts, and shows might be like in the future.
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 06/29/2017 - 07/27/2017
Day of Week : Thursday, 6/29, 7/13 and 7/27
Time : 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location : Morris Lawrence Building
Address : Washtenaw Community College,
4800 E. Huron River Dr,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fee : $15.00 (or $10 per lecture at the door, OLLI membership is not required)
Event Status : COMPLETED