Luncheon Meeting - Speaker Steve Kesler - The Dynamic Great Lakes

03/03/2010 - 12:00
03/03/2010 - 1:30pm

Take a look at Steve Kesler’s student evaluation highlights on the U-M website and you’ll find that he is “the MAN . . . a really, really nice guy” but his tests “are KILLER [and] some of the test material comes only from lectures.”  So pay attention, Rotarians, when he describes how the Great Lakes are but a temporary episode in the long process of receding glaciers, growing dunes and deltas, and accumulating water supplies.  That will be the historical context for an update on modern Great Lakes issues from shoreline erosion to the export of water.

U-M Clements Library Director Kevin Graffagnino - Why History Matters

02/24/2010 - 12:00
02/24/2010 - 1:30pm

We might all be rich if we had a nickel for every time we’ve heard someone say, “I didn’t like history in school and I still don’t.”  Kevin Graffagnino will rebut that stubborn sentiment as he explains how and why history matters to everyone, heritage buffs and naysayers alike – helping to build community ties between natives and newcomers through shared knowledge of local history, enhancing our sense of identity, and contributing to a better future for coming generations.

U-M Research VP Stephen Forrest - Finding Success in Times of Uncertain Opportunities

02/17/2010 - 12:00
02/17/2010 - 1:30pm

Continuing our series of presentations on regional economic development, we will hear from the U-M officer who is responsible for bringing approximately $1 billion per year in research funding to the University.  Steve Forrest will discuss how those dollars are converted into knowledge, and how that knowledge is converted into new companies, products and jobs in the Ann Arbor area.

U-M Women's Basketball Coach Kevin Borseth - Mid-season Women Wolverine Hoops Report

02/10/2010 - 12:00
02/10/2010 - 1:30pm

The U-M Women’s Basketball team began this season with surprising success, winning nine of their first eleven games.  In Big Ten competition, things have not gone so well – but not for lack of effort or strong leadership, as four of the losses were by a combined total of eleven points, including two heartbreakers to the nationally fifth-ranked Buckeyes.  With his usual fiery charm, Coach Borseth will give us a progress report and preview the rest of the season.

U-M Afroamerican Studies Lecturer Scott Ellsworth - Small Steps, Big Impact: How Four Forgotten College Students Changed America

02/03/2010 - 12:00
02/03/2010 - 1:30pm

The American Civil Rights Movement began dramatically with the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955-56. Remarkable as that was, however, it was not repeated in other Southern cities, and four years later segregation in the South seemed as entrenched as ever. Scott Ellsworth will explain how four unexceptional young men in a college dormitory in North Carolina then embarked on a course of action that would change racial politics in America forever.

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