Exiled to Motown: The History of Detroit's Japanese American Community, with Mika Kennedy

Join us for an interview with Dr. Mika Kennedy, co-curator of Exiled to Motown, for a vibrant discussion on the origins of the exhibit, the history of the Japanese American community in Metro Detroit, and the connections we can make today within our current socio-political climate. Dr. Kennedy is also devoted to public-facing work, particularly within the Japanese American and Nikkei communities. For the past several years, she has been the co-curator of a museum exhibit titled Exiled to Motown, which brings to life the history of the Japanese American community in metro Detroit.

Kizuna Tree Panel: Storytelling as an Act of Resistance

How do we use storytelling to create real world change? How do we find our voices and get our message out? How does the sharing of stories help build community? How do we use storytelling to touch, inspire, persuade, and provoke readers to action?

Join our panel featuring author and interdisciplinary artist Frances Kai-Hwa Wang of PBS News Hour, documentary producer Zosette Guir and documentary filmmaker Bill Kubota of Detroit Public Television, and interdisciplinary / performance artist Okyoung Noh.

AADL Board Meeting - March 20, 2023

This meeting will be streamed on this page at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 20th, 2023.

You can attend this meeting in person on the 4th floor of the Downtown Library, or you can watch it live on YouTube from this page.

If you wish to make a public comment at this meeting, you can send your comment, along with your name and address, via email to ask@aadl.org. It will be read during the public comment section of the meeting.

Culinary Historians | Lisa McDonald: Tea for Dummies

Lisa McDonald is the co-author of Tea for Dummies, a guide to enjoying the delicate flavors and health benefits of the world’s second most popular beverage. She will discuss research on tea’s benefits, where it’s grown, how it’s processed and how it’s enjoyed around the world. Lisa is the proprietor of TeaHaus, a tea store, tea room and café in downtown Ann Arbor.

This event is in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

DEI Deconstructed: Author Lily Zheng on How We Create Inclusive Communities

In the midst of a rising awareness of social inequalities, the acronym "DEI" has become an ever-present buzzword in workplaces across the world. But underneath our talk and commitment is the real challenge: how do we actually create better communities for everyone in practice? What can we learn from advocates and practitioners who have come before us? 

Gardening & DIY Fest | To Dye or Not to Dye

Ann Asplund will tell how to use, find, harvest and grow plant dyes and how to minimize the impact on the environment. Besides teaching the basic of dyeing how the dyes work, and chemical safety, more sustainable practices and alternative mordants will be presented. Color samples will be available.

To see the full slate of events and vendors, see aadl.org/diyfest.

Author Event | Bruce Harkness: Photographs from Detroit, 1975–2019

Join Michigan photographer Bruce Harkness as he presents his new book Photographs from Detroit, 1975–2019, a retrospective survey of his striking social documentary photographs and an invaluable historical record that bears witness to irrevocably lost swaths of Detroit’s social and urban fabric. Harkness’s work merits him recognition as one of the Motor City's most important documentary photographers during a pivotal, transitional era in its history.