Past Events (2021)

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December 11, 2021   10:00 AM - 1:30 PM EST

Annual Meeting, Lunch and Tour of Edsel & Elleanor Ford House

Celebrate the holiday season with fellow Phi Betes at the historic Ford House, located on 87 beautifully landscaped acres on the shore of Lake St. Clair (1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236).

10:00 AM - 11:45 AM: Optional guided tour of Ford House. The tour requires climbing stairs. ($8 per person)

11:45 AM - 1:30 PM: Buffet lunch and annual meeting in the St. Clair Room of the Administration Building ($32 per person)

Register here by November 26th. Space is limited!

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

November 17, 2021    7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Fall Book Club Virtual Meeting

Join other Phi Betes on Zoom to discuss The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. This gripping spy novel examines the legacy of the Vietnam War and won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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

Questions? Email Megan Riherd at mwriherd@gmail.com

November 6, 2021     11:15 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Flint Institute of Arts: Tour and Lunch

Tracee Glab, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, will lead this exclusive tour of the FIA for PBK members and their guests. Following the tour, enjoy box lunches from the Palette Café. Cost is $26 per person. Flint Institute of Arts is located at 1120 East Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503.

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

Register here by October 31.

October 16, 2021    4:00 - 6:00 PM EST

Key Connections: In-Person Fall Fest

Gather with fellow PBK members for an evening picnic at Kensington Metropark (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380). We especially encourage Phi Betes who are recently inducted and/or new to metro Detroit to join us for this festive event. PBK will provide burgers and bottled water. Our reserved picnic shelter is adjacent to a volleyball court and ball diamond; feel free to bring volleyballs, softball gear, lawn games, and board games. Time permitting, we will also explore the Farm Center. 

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

For further information, contact Levi Roth at laroth1996@gmail.com.

September 23, 2021     7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Key Connections: Virtual Happy Hour

Our Young Professionals are planning a fun, engaging evening for PBK members who are recently inducted and/or new to metro Detroit to get acquainted virtually and to learn more about the Greater Detroit Association.

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

For further information, contact Levi Roth at laroth1996@gmail.com.

August 26, 2021     7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Summer Book Club Virtual Meeting

Join other Phi Betes on Zoom to discuss My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In this collection, Justice Ginsburg discusses gender equality, the workings of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution.

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

Questions? Email Megan Riherd at mwriherd@gmail.com

July 31, 2021     6:30 - 8:30 PM EST

Young Professionals: Night Market at Beacon Park 

We will meet by the food trucks around 6:30 PM for dinner followed by listening to music and exploring local vendor booths. Look for us at the food truck area with our PBK Key pictured below. We will also help facilitate carpooling for those who are interested!

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

May 20, 2021     7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Spring Book Club Virtual Meeting

Join fellow Phi Betes for a virtual discussion of The Water Dancer, the spellbinding novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 

 

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

May 16, 2021     4:00 - 5:00 PM EST

An Enemy of the People: Viewing and Discussion

The Alley Theatre's new production of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People is available to watch online from April 30 to May 23. We invite you to view the performance at your leisure and then join fellow Phi Betes virtually on May 16 to discuss the play. Professor Thomas Kohn of Wayne State University, who led our discussion of Medea on April 10, will return to share his insights about the master dramatist, Henrik Ibsen, and the timeless, universal themes of An Enemy of the People

To watch An Enemy of the People, register on the Alley Theatre's website.

To participate in the discussion with Professor Kohn, register here

May 6, 2021     7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Young Professionals: Virtual Happy Hour and Game Night

The Young Professionals of the Greater Detroit Association invite all Phi Betes to an evening of socializing and intense trivia/Jackbox games. Please register here, and we will email you the Zoom link the day before the event. 

Questions? Email youngprofessionals@pbkdetroit.org

Apr 10, 2021     1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Medea: Viewing and Discussion

The Alley Theatre's new production of Euripides' Medea is available to watch online from March 19 to April 11. We invite you to view the play at your leisure and then join fellow Phi Betes virtually on April 10 to discuss Medea with Dr. Thomas Kohn, Associate Professor of Classics at Wayne State University and author of the highly regarded book The Dramaturgy of Senecan Tragedy.

To watch Medea virtually, register on the Alley Theatre's website.

To participate in the discussion with Professor Kohn, register here

Feb 25, 2021     7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

Winter Book Club Virtual Meeting

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is our selection for the next virtual book club meeting. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the breathtaking story of three generations of a Greek-American family in Detroit.

 

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

Feb 20, 2021     12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Lunch and Learn: Tech Talk

Enjoy a virtual lunch with PBK Detroit as we watch U-M computer scientist Kentaro Toyama's TEDxTokyo talk, in which he lays out his theory about a myth of scale surrounding technology's ability to solve complex global problems. Does this distracts us from what really matters, he provocatively asks? We welcome perspectives from all academic and professional disciplines.

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

Feb 13, 2020     1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Virtual Discussion: "Insurrection and Impeachment"

Join fellow Phi Betes for a virtual discussion of the legal issues raised by the insurrection and impeachment. Our discussion leader will be Robert (Bob) Sedler, a former board member of the Greater Detroit Association Phi Beta Kappa, an expert in constitutional law, and a distinguished professor at Wayne State University Law School. Professor Sedler will limit his prepared remarks to 20 minutes to allow ample time for questions and answers.

 

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