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Michigan ice age

Presenter: John Zawiskie, Curator of Earth and Life Sciences, Cranbrook Institute of Science
Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Join Cranbrook geologist John Zawiskie for a review of the Ice Age history of southeast Michigan since the last glacial maximum, as inferred from landforms, sediments, surface rocks, and fossils. Zawiskie will also discuss accessible local evidence for a remarkable Snowball Earth global glaciation from 2.4 billion years ago. Key rocks and fossils will be available for examination before and after the lecture. Zawiskie has done extensive geological and paleontological field work in Antarctica, South America, the southwestern United States, and the Great Lakes region.

Museum members are free; $5 admission for non-members. Register at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms.

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  • The Polio Vaccine Story and How Rochester Saved the World

Presenter: Don Calihan, former Director of Engineering, Parke-Davis
To be Rescheduled
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

The Polio Vaccine Story was originally published in five installments in the Parke-Davis Retirees Review. The articles focused on the development and use of the Salk Polio Vaccine, with emphasis on the role played by Parke-Davis, especially in Rochester, Michigan. Don Callihan is a Parke-Davis retiree and was Director of Engineering at the Parke-Davis facility in Rochester, Michigan.

Museum members; $5 admission for non-members. Register at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms.

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Covid 19 and Culture Oct 2020
  • Creativity and Community During Covid-19: A Look at Chinese Social Media

Presenter: Belinda Kong, Associate Professor, Bowdoin College
Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m.
Oakland University Online Program

Bowdoin College Associate Professor Belinda Kong shows how ordinary people in China use social media to create community amidst Covid-19.

As we know, Covid-19 has generated an abundance of coronavirus memes, jokes, and songs on the US internet since March. Less recognized, perhaps, is that Chinese social media too exploded with cultural expressions of epidemic life from January onward. Ordinary people in Wuhan and across the Sinophone world documented their experiences under quarantine, created impromptu videos and music to share with others in solidarity, and actively fostered a culture of pandemic humor amid the uncertainties in the early days of Covid. These social media practices may appear too small to be politically or socially significant, but it is precisely through these small acts that common people engaged in everyday forms of social and cultural agency, producing alternative communities and building up a meaningful sense of peopleness outside of official party rhetoric.

Belinda Kong is Associate Professor of Asian Studies and English at Bowdoin College. Her research and teaching focus on Asian American and Chinese diaspora literature. Her current book project, "What Lived Through SARS: Chronicles of Pandemic Resilience," examines cultures of epidemic life at the epicenters of the 2003 SARS outbreak.

Generously funded by Student Affairs & Diversity at Oakland University.

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  • The AIDS Crisis: An Overview of the History of AIDS and Future Implications

Presenter: Dr. Robert Federman MD, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital
To be Rescheduled
Rochester Hills Public Library

Dr. Federman will discuss and review the AIDS timeline, historical data, medical and social implications, and the future of AIDS research and care.

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  • The Flawed Victory of Women's Suffrage

Tuesday, September 8, 7 p.m. Zoom Livestream
Rochester Hills Public Library

The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment gave the vote to adult women in the United States. Karein A.J. Miller of Oakland University's History Department will discuss and examine what women's suffrage accomplished and what it failed to achieve. 

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Summer of 1816
  • The Summer of 1816: The Year Without a Summer

Wednesday, September 16, 7 p.m.
Contact the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm for online presentation format. 

Museum manager, Pat McKay, will discuss the major climatic events in the world that created a summer along the east coast of the United States with freezing temperatures every month of the year, major crop failures, and panic. By 1817, a westward movement started, enhanced by the opening of the Erie Canal.The settlement of Rochester, Michigan, was part of this migration, the belief of manifest destiny, and the growth of the Midwest.

Museum members are free; $5 admission for non-members. Register at rochesterhills.org/musprograms

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  • How Antibiotics Revolutionized the World

Presenter: Dr. Jason Taylor, Pharm. D. 
YouTube. Rochester Hills Public Library

Dr. Jason Taylor, Pharm.D., is a clinical coordinator with Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. Dr. Taylor's presentation will focus on the history of antibiotic discovery and how that profoundly impacted public health. He will also discuss how the new challenge with antibiotics is resistant bacteria and how that is limiting treatment options. 

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CellPhone

Presenter: Dr. Carol Cooper, Rochester University
December 10, 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library Zoom Meeting

The cell phone provides an emotional and symbolic link to work, family, and friends. It is also an increasingly social and cultural device, offering the potential for online communication to a wider audience in the form of text messages, photos, and video. This presentation will explore how the cell phone has changed the nature of communication in ways that few could have originally imaginged. 

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Holistic Healthcare

Presenter: Surita Chaudhry, RN
Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library will host “Holistic Health Care” with Surita Chaudhry on Jan. 9, 2020 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the library’s multipurpose room.  “Holistic Health Care” is the first Smart Towns program of 2020 and features guest speaker Surita Chaudhry, a practicing RN for nearly thirty years. She is nationally certified in Advanced Holistic Nursing and is a member of the American Holistic Nursing Association (AHNA).

Chaudhry received training in clinical aromatherapy, foot reflexology, mindfulness meditation, emotional freedom technique, therapeutic touch, and is a 200-RYT Yoga Instructor.

This program is a great way to start a new year and learn holistic techniques to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

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Presenter: Dr. John Todd, Rochester University
Rochester Hills Public Library

Dr. Todd discusses the origins of the Declaration of Independence, its purposes, and how it changed the world. Dr. Todd earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Georgetown Law. He has taught at Rochester University since 1979 and is a member of the Federalist Society and National Association of Scholars.

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Presenter: Professors Nicole Mathew, John Klemanski, and Dave Dulio, College of Arts & Sciences, Dept. of Political Science
Oct. 12, 12 p.m.
Oakland University Online Program

 The Center for Civic Engagement, Professional and Continuing Education and the Oakland University Alumni Association have collaborated to launch a Civic Engagement Office Hours virtual series that will run throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. The online series features Oakland University faculty experts answering questions submitted by students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, and other members of the community on topics in the realm of civic engagement broadly defined.

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