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Mensa is the largest of the international high-IQ societies. The purpose of our Southeast Michigan chapter is to provide opportunity for intellectual and social belonging and networking among diverse people.

Bookmark this site to see SEMM’s calendar of events for members and their guests. In addition to local events and monthly meetings, SEMM hosts a Winter Bash (games party), SEMMer Bash (picnic), and a Regional Gathering held each April, known as SEMMantics.

23 March 2020

SEMMantics 2020 is Cancelled

Today, the SEMM Board and the RG planning team have made the decision to CANCEL SEMMantics 2020. As such, details on full registration refunds will be forthcoming. Please “Save the Date” for SEMMantics 42 – scheduled to take place April 16-18, 2021.

08 March 2020

*** Canceled *** March Monthly Gathering – Artificial Intelligence and the Vanishing Future of Work

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in Michigan, the Executive Committee of Southeast Michigan Mensa regretfully announces that’ the monthly gathering, “Artificial Intelligence and the Vanishing Future of Work”, previously scheduled on March 21, has been cancelled. Please check back for announcements on future events.

Will artificial intelligence (AI) take away jobs or usher in a prosperous utopia? Will innovations such as self-driving cars reduce our use of fossil fuels or accelerate emissions? What will high IQ and a college degree be worth when knowledge work can be done by machine? This talk considers these and other questions through the lens of technology’s “Law of Amplification.” Paradoxically, Kentaro Toyama, this month’s guest speaker, believes what is needed most in a world of advanced technology is greater attention to human values and virtues.

Dr. Kentaro Toyama is W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information, a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. Kentaro previously taught at Ashesi University in Ghana and co-founded Microsoft Research India, where he did research on the application of digital technology to international development. 

Dr. Toyama co-founded the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) to provide a global platform for rigorous academic research in this field. He is also co-editor-in-chief of the journal Information Technologies and International Development. Prior to his time in India, Toyama researched computer vision and multimedia at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, USA and Cambridge, UK. Toyama graduated from Yale with a PhD in Computer Science and from Harvard with a BS in Physics. He was born in Tokyo and raised in both Japan and the United States. He lives in Ann Arbor.

Join us on Saturday, March 21st, for a glimpse into your future! We’ll meet at
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield.
23925 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075

Doors open at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:00pm. Admission: $5, (Mensa Members $4)
Following the presentation, join us for dinner at Buddy’s Pizza, located at 31646 Northwestern Hwy., in Farmington Hills, Just East of Middlebelt Rd.

01 March 2020

SEMMantics Talk – The Voter Redistricting Overhaul

Susan SmithAs a result of the proposals passed by Michigan voters in 2018, there are massive changes happening in how we can register to vote and how and where we can vote, with three important elections coming up in 2020. Michigan is also in the process of building a completely new way to create voting districts after the 2020 census.

Susan Smith, past president of the Michigan League of Women Voters, will explain all these changes in an educational, nonpartisan presentation you will not want to miss.

Registration is now officially open for this year’s RG, SEMMantics 2020, being held April 17 – 19, 2020.

23 February 2020

SEMMantics Talk – Astrobiology, Meteorites and the Early Earth

John ZawiskieJohn Zawiskie, the Curator in Residence and an educator at Cranbrook Institute of Science, whose talk is on “Astrobiology, Meteorites and the Early Earth”, will tell us how meteorites reveal early solar system history back to 4.568 billion years ago (bya). He will discuss how this information suggests a mechanism for the formation of the Earth, and potential sources for water and organic compounds. Evidence for the presence of life from 4.1 to 3.48 bya is reviewed, including subsequent evolutionary developments and Earth system history during the Precambrian.

Mr. Zawiskie specializes in Geology and Paleontology at the Cranbrook Institute and also teaches Earth History at Wayne State University. He has a wide range of interests in education, exhibits, and research, and has participated in ?eld studies in Antarctica, Australia, Argentina, Southwest USA, and the Great Lakes region.

Registration is now officially open for this year’s RG, SEMMantics 2020, being held April 17 – 19, 2020.

16 February 2020

SEMMantics 2020 Regional Gathering Announcement

Greetings!  Registration is now officially open for this year’s RG, SEMMantics 2020, being held April 17 – 19, 2020.  Southeast Michigan Mensa and I are “Looking forward to seeing you!” at this great RG.

SEMMantics 2020 promises to be a wonderful experience.  Included in your registration fee are World-Renowned, Smoke-Free, 24-Hour Hospitality Rooms (from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning);  Friday evening Dinner; and Saturday’s Lunch and Dinner.  Hotel guests (up to two per room) will also enjoy a full hot breakfast buffet daily.  Non-guests will have a light continental breakfast available in Hospitality or can buy the hotel breakfast buffet.
For more information visit the SEMMantics page.

We have great news for those SEMM members have never attended SEMMantics before.  The SEMM ExComm has funded discounts to encourage attendance at SEMMantics for those have not experienced it yet.  We are pleased to offer a $20 discount to any current SEMM member who has never attended before.  A $50 discount is available, instead, to those who are still within their first year of membership. (Only one discount per member applies.)  Complete details on the discounts as well as how to register using them are available at this link.

Discount Hotel Rates and Early Bird pricing available. Visit the SEMMantics page for details.