Welcome!

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.

20 July 2021

August Monthly Gathering – The Constitution, January 6, and Its Aftermath

Live Presentation: 7pm, Saturday, August 21 

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was stormed by supporters of President Donald Trump, in an attempt to disrupt the joint session of Congress, assembled to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

Was this insurrection? Rebellion? An attempt by Citizens to defend the constitution against a government run amok?

Also, why have charges against those arrested for their activities on January 6 included (to date) specific acts, such as breaking into the Capitol, assaulting the Capitol Police, destroying government property, and the like, but NOT sedition or insurrection?

Join us on August 21 for an analysis and discussion of the events of January 6, their legal implications, their motivations, and their possible impact on the future of democracy in the United States. Leading the discussion will be former Wayne State distinguished professor of law, Robert A. Sedler. At Wayne, Professor Sedler taught courses in Constitutional Law and Conflict of Laws. Prior to coming to Wayne State in 1977, he was Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky. Professor Sedler received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, an honor society for law school graduates. In 2005, he was elected to the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars, which is the highest recognition bestowed upon faculty members by their colleagues. He served as President of the Academy during the 2007-2008 academic year. In April 2019, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel appointed Sedler a special assistant attorney general.

Please note that this is a LIVE PROGRAM, taking place on Saturday, August 21, at
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield
23925 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075

Doors open at 630pm. The program begins at 7pm. Admission: $4 for Mensa Members, $4 for guests, Following the presentation, please join us for dinner at Buddy’s Pizza, located at 31646 Northwestern Hwy., in Farmington Hills, Just Northeast of Middlebelt Rd.

16 May 2021

June 19 Monthly Gathering — Aphrodisiacs: Forbidden Foods and Beverages

Until it is deemed once again safe to return to meeting as a group, Southeast Michigan Mensa will be presenting a series of lectures on Zoom. Attendees need to pre-register by clicking on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/SEMM-0621-Gathering . The event’s Zoom URL and instructions for connecting will be sent to those who are pre-registered, about an hour before the presentation. The number of attendees will be limited, so please pre-register early. 

Aphrodisiacs: Forbidden Foods and Beverages

The association between food and sexuality is primal, but some foods are reputed to have more aphrodisiacal qualities than others. Throughout the centuries, emperors and everyday folk alike have ingested, imbibed, sprinkled, or applied almost every conceivable substance in the hope of promoting desire. Whether to encourage a lover, revive a lagging libido, or pique pleasure and performance, lovers the world over have sought aphrodisiacs. But which ones have the greatest reputations (and why?) and do any of them really work? Culinary expert Chef Larry Canepa, will lead us through a fun sassy, informative and delicious presentation of aphrodisiacs, and their related myths and legends.

Chef Larry P. Canepa, is a Certified Culinary Educator, who provides comprehensive and engaging culinary education workshops, and cooking demonstrations, throughout Arizona. His 40+ years of experience includes management and operation of restaurants, hotels and resorts. For over 30 years, Chef Canepa has operated Dinner at Eight, specializing in community and private cooking classes, food and beverage demonstrations, and Food Studies seminars. For more information, please see: facebook.com/dinner8, or email Chef Canepa at: Dinner8@nullyahoo.com

PLEASE NOTE before deciding to attend: This program deals with adult subject matter. Although the program will be tastefully presented, please do not attend if you think you might find the content offensive.

The Zoom room opens at 6:30pm for mingling. The program starts at 7:00pm. Bon Appetit!

18 April 2021

May Monthly Gathering – Dark Side of the Mitten: Crimes of the Michigan’s Powerful and Powerful Criminals

Until it is deemed once again safe to return to meeting as a group, Southeast Michigan Mensa will be presenting a series of lectures on Zoom. Attendees need to pre-register by going to: https://tinyurl.com/SEMM-0521-Gathering. The event’s Zoom URL and instructions for connecting will be sent to those who are pre-registered, up until about an hour before the presentation. The number of attendees will be limited, so please pre-register early.

Mild-mannered Midwestern Michigan:  The land of lakeside cottages, auto industries, pasties—and murder?

Michigan’s past has a more sinister side than what’s commonly displayed on roadside historical markers. Come along for an evening of grim, gritty, and occasionally bone-chilling stories of the state’s dark side. There will be past and present blood-and-money tales of criminal intrigue, suspense or just plain awfulness. Tales that sound like film noir, but were played out for real, against Michigan’s familiar background.

So please join us on Saturday, May 15, when Tom Carr, author of Dark Side of the Mitten:  Crimes of the Powerful and Powerful Criminals in Michigan’s Past and Present, will guide us through a usually hidden world; sharing tales of the dark side of some famous Michiganders.

In his book, Carr presents 42 illustrated stories about Michigan’s strange and outrageous past, all told with his signature humor and irreverence. This is his third book in the “Blood on the Mitten” series, this time tackling the unsavory, the quirky and the downright ghastly actions of some of this state’s immortal figures. Mr. Carr is an independent writer and journalist in Northern Michigan who spent 25 years in daily newspapers, primarily the Traverse City Record-Eagle. He’s won journalistic awards for his investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and humor columns, and often covered police, courts and crime.

The Zoom room opens at 6:30pm for mingling. The program starts at 7:00pm.

21 March 2021

April Monthly Gathering – The United States of Paranoia

Until it is deemed once again safe to return to meeting as a group, Southeast Michigan Mensa will be presenting a series of lectures on Zoom. Attendees need to pre-register by clicking on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/SEMM-0421-Gathering The event’s Zoom URL and instructions for connecting will be sent to those who are pre-registered, about an hour before the presentation. The number of attendees will be limited, so please pre-register early.

From QAnon to COVID-19 to “stop the steal,” conspiracy theories seem to be all over the American landscape right now. But conspiracy theories have always been all over the American landscape — this is just the latest crop. From the colonial days to today, they’ve been popular not just on the far left and the far right but in the middle of the road; they’ve been embraced not just by society’s outsiders but by society’s elites.

Join us on Saturday, April 17, when Reason magazine’s Jesse Walker, author of The United States of Paranoia, will help us explore the history of conspiracy theories and its lessons for today. He’ll cover five primal conspiracy narratives that keep recurring in America. Along the way, we’ll look at the precursors to QAnon, the rumors that circulated during pre-COVID pandemics, and the 19th-century counterparts to the fellow who tried to rescue some imaginary sex slaves from a pizza restaurant’s imaginary basement.

Jesse Walker is books editor of Reason magazine. The University of Michigan alumnus has written the books The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory and Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America, and he maintains a blog called The Perpetual Three-Dot Column. His articles have appeared in a number of publications, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe Atlantic, Salon, The New RepublicPoliticoL.A. TimesL.A. WeeklyChroniclesBoing BoingNo Depression, and the Journal of American Studies. He has also worked as a DJ, a dishwasher, and a miscellaneous office grunt. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and their two daughters.

The Zoom room opens at 6:30pm for mingling. The program starts at 7:00pm

08 March 2021

Let’s Get This Party Started — Kicking Off Our New Gen X SIG

Are you an current member of Mensa around the SEMM area who was born between 1961 and 1981?  If so, we are looking for you! SEMM is starting up a brand-new Gen X SIG this spring. Beginning in March, we’ll be having a monthly SEMM Gen X zoom gathering so that we can hang out and have fun from the safety of our homes.  We’ll enjoy things like virtual escape rooms, ’80s trivia, and any other entertaining things we can think of.  Considering that we’re Mensans, I’m sure we’ll think of a lot. 

As the pandemic winds down and in-person events become possible, there’ll be lots of activities planned to bring us all together.  We’ll do things like dinners out, board game nights, card games, picnics, billiards, bowling and kayaking.  If you haven’t already completed the Gen X SIG interest survey, click here to fill it out and let us know where you are and what kinds of activities you’d like to take part in. It’s the first step in joining the fun. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the new Gen X SIG, send an email to semmgenxsig@nullgmail.com

The March SEMM Gen X monthly gathering is an escape room hosted by Tony Pak on Thursday, March 18th at 7 pm Eastern.  If you are an active SEMM Gen Xer and would like to attend, please see our announcement on Mensa Connect.