Past Events (2022)

February 23, 2022    7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Winter Book Club Virtual Meeting

Join other Phi Betes on Zoom to discuss The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice by Scott Ellsworth, an historian and professor at the University of Michigan. Based on decades of extensive research and interviews, Ellsworth chronicles the origins and aftermath of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. 

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. You will receive the Zoom link via email the day before the meeting.

Questions? Email Stacy Krainz at krainzse@yahoo.com

March 10, 2022    7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Virtual Extravaganza

Join Greater Detroit's Young Professionals for an evening of conversation and intellectual play! Help other ΦΒΚ alumni get to know you by sharing a project or a passion of yours. Conversation will be followed by a game of Jeopardy, with categories put together by members of the Greater Detroit Association. Topics will range from History of Detroit to March Holidays! 

Participation is free but please RSVP here if you plan to attend. 

Questions? Email Jonathan Jan at jonjan@umich.edu.

April 5, 2022    7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Virtual Discussion of Fire Shut Up in My Bones

On April 1, the Met's highly acclaimed opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones will air on PBS Great Performances. On April 5, the Greater Detroit Association ΦΒΚ will host a Zoom discussion of the opera and the memoir which inspired it. With music by Terence Blanchard, the opera is based on the poignant and profound memoir by Charles M. Blow, an opinion columnist for the New York Times. Terence Blanchard is an award-winning jazz musician and composer who holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Please join our discussion on April 5 after watching the opera on PBS on April 1 and/or reading Charles Blow's memoir. RSVP here

Questions? Email Bryant Russell at supermathman@yahoo.com.

April 25, 2022    7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Virtual Discussion of the Film 10 Questions for Henry Ford

Join us for a virtual discussion of the probing documentary 10 Questions for Henry Ford sponsored by the Greater Detroit Association ΦΒΚ and the Cohn-Haddow Center of Judaic Studies at Wayne State University. The film's writer and director, Andy Kirshner, will be with us for the discussion. Dr. Kirshner is a composer, performer, writer, and filmmaker on the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Stamps School of Art and Design.

The film will be made available for registrants to view online one week before April 25. Participation in the discussion is free but please RSVP here.

Questions? Email John Bassett at bassett_j@heritage.edu.

May 11, 2022    7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Spring Book Club Virtual Meeting

Join other Phi Betes for a lively discussion of the book On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed, a Phi Beta Kappa member, a Pulitzer-Prize winning author, and a historian at Harvard University. Having grown up in East Texas, Gordon-Reed weaves together personal memoir and American history to show the integral role played by African Americans in the Texas story.

Please RSVP here in order to receive an email with the Zoom link prior to the event. Guests of PBK members are welcome to join us.

Questions? Email Stacy Krainz at krainzse@yahoo.com.

May 22, 2022    2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

Walking Tour of U-M Campus, Ann Arbor

Meet fellow PBK members for a complimentary walking tour of the Central Campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Our very experienced guide, Estrella Salgado, will describe campus life and the university's history, with a focus on past visits of U.S. presidents to Ann Arbor. Estrella is a 2020 PBK inductee from University of Michigan, a founding member of our Young Professionals Committee, and an MA candidate at the university.

Guests of PBK members are welcome to join us. You can find more information and register here.

Questions? Email Janet Thornburg at j.thornburg53@gmail.com.

June 11, 2022    6:00 - 9:30 PM EST

Pre-Game March & Detroit City FC Soccer Match, Hamtramck

PBK member, Steve Tripp, will be our guide for a truly unique cultural experience: optional March to the Match followed by Detroit City FC soccer match in Hamtramck. Meet at 6:00 PM at Fowling Warehouse (3910 Christopher St. Hamtramck) to join the March. Match between DCFC Men and Sacramento Republic FC starts at Keyworth Stadium at 7:30 PM.

Purchase City Admission game tickets for $12 at https://www.detcityfc.com/. 

 

Please RSVP here to receive more details and to let us know you are coming. Guests of PBK members are welcome to join us.

Questions? Contact Steve Tripp at (248) 308-9105 or stripp@mi.rr.com.

June 21, 2022    7:30 - 9:00 PM EST

Viewing & Discussion: Seven Last Words of the Unarmed

In honor of Juneteenth, join us in witnessing and discussing the stunning performance of The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, a critically acclaimed composition by Joel Thompson and performed by the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club. To learn more about the work check out: https://sevenlastwords.org/

Please RSVP here in order to receive an email with the Zoom link prior to the event. Guests of PBK members are welcome to join us.

Questions? Email Jonathan Jan at jonjan@umich.edu.

June 26, 2022    3:00 - 5:00 PM EST

New Inductee Gathering at Nichols Arboretum

Do you like plants and nature? Do you want to learn more about being a new Phi Beta Kappa member? Join the Greater Detroit Association's Young Professionals on Sunday, June 26 at Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor! Wear your walking shoes as we explore the gardens and woods, and then join us for a meal afterwards at a local restaurant. You can find more details and RSVP here.

Questions? Email Jonathan Jan at jonjan@umich.edu.

August 17, 2022    7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Summer Book Club Virtual Meeting 

Join other PBK members for an engaging discussion of the book Nature is Never Silent: How Animals and Plants Communicate with Each Other by Madlen Ziege, a behavioral biologist at the University of Potsdam. In charming, humorous, and accessible prose, Dr. Ziege shows how natures's language can help us to better understand our place in the natural world.

Please RSVP here in order to receive an email with the Zoom link prior to the event. Guests of PBK members are welcome to join us.

Questions? Email Stacy Krainz at krainzse@yahoo.com.

September 22, 2022    7:00 - 8:30 PM EST

Key Connections: Meet Fellow Michiganders!

Are you recently inducted into PBK and/or new to metro Detroit? Please join us on September 22 to learn about the fascinating work and research done by PBK Young Professionals in southeastern Michigan. You can think of this virtual gathering as a mini TED Conference hosted by the Greater Detroit Association. We encourage attendees to present, too, if interested! This is an opportunity to network with other PBK members in Michigan and to learn about the Greater Detroit Association and its Young Professionals Committee.

 

Participation is free but please RSVP here to receive a Zoom link via email before the meeting.

 

Questions? Interested in being a presenter? Contact Jonathan Jan at youngprofessionals@pbkdetroit.org.​​​

October 29, 2022    noon - 2:00 PM EST

Tour & Lunch at Arab American National Museum

Join us for a Middle Eastern-inspired lunch (noon-12:30 PM) followed by a docent-led tour at the Arab American National Museum (AANM) in Dearborn, MI. The AANM is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to documenting, preserving and sharing the history, culture and contributions of Arab Americans. The AANM is located at 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI. Free parking is available behind the museum.

 

Cost is $22 per person. Register here by October 21.

Questions? Contact John Bassett at johnearlbassett@gmail.com.

November 16, 2022    7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Fall Book Club Virtual Meeting 

Join other PBK members for a thought-provoking discussion of the book The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. This historical novel provides a fascinating account of Belle da Costa Greene, the personal librarian for American tycoon J.P. Morgan. 

Please RSVP here in order to receive an email with the Zoom link prior to the event. Guests of PBK members are welcome to join us.

Questions? Email Stacy Krainz at krainzse@yahoo.com.