Welcome to Southeast Michigan Mensa!

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 May and known as SEMMantics. We're also on Facebook!

25 June 2014

August Monthly Gathering: Michigan’s Archaeological Trilogy

Join us on Saturday, August 16th as we time travel into the past! A presentation on three ongoing archaeological investigations will provide us with a glimpse of some of Michigan’s rich historical heritage from the British colonial period, the War of 1812, and the twilight of the Age of Sail on the Great Lakes.

Guiding us on our journey into Michigan’s past will be Daniel Harrison is a practicing maritime archaeologist specializing in the Great Lakes. He holds Masters Degrees in Library Science, History, and Anthropology, and is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology, at Wayne State. Mr. Harrison divides his time between his position as Reference Librarian at Henry Ford College, and his field and archival research as a consulting archaeologist with the Detroit Historical Society, Cranbrook Institute of Science, and the National Park Service. He received the Historical Society of Michigan’s award for outstanding preservation and conservation in 2012 for his work on Hull’s Trace, America’s first military road, dating from the War of 1812.

WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2014
6:00pm: The ExComm meeting begins. All members are welcome to attend.
7:00pm: Mingling begins.
8:00pm: Program starts.

ADMISSION (Exact change appreciated)
Adult members: $4, Adult guests: $5; Children 13 and under: $3
Members receive free admission in the month of their birthday

LOCATION: Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church
23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075

21 June 2014

Come to the Annual SEMMer Bash!

Kensington Metropark
2240 W. Buno Road
Milford, MI 48380

Playfield West Shelter (“W”)

Saturday, July 19, 2014
11:00 a.m. until dusk

Admission fee to picnic:
$5.00 PER CHILD UNDER 10, $7.50 PER ADULT IN ADVANCE
$7.50 PER CHILD UNDER 10, $10.00 PER PERSON AT THE DOOR
Park entry fee: $5.00 – day pass, $25.00 – yearly pass

Buy your tickets online!

DIRECTIONS TO KENSINGTON METROPARK

From Detroit: Take I-696 west to I-96 west to exit #153, Kent Lake Road. Follow the curve to the right and enter the park.

From Lansing: Take I-96 east to exit #151, Kensington Road. Turn right on Kensington Road, go over the expressway. Park entrance will be on the right on the north side of I-96.

From Flint: Take U.S. 23 south to I-96 east. Get off at exit #151, Kensington Road. Turn right on Kensington Road, go over the expressway. Park entrance will be on the right on the north side of I-96.

From Ann Arbor: Take U.S. 23 north to I-96 east. Get off at exit #151, Kensington Road. Turn right on Kensington Road, go over the expressway. Park entrance will be on the right on the north side of I-96.

From Pontiac/East M-59 Area: Take M-59 west to Hickory Ridge Road south. Take Hickory Ridge Road south approximately 3-4 miles to General Motors Road. Turn left (east) onto General Motors Rd., go approximately 2-3 miles. Turn right onto Milford road (1st traffic light). Travel approximately 1.5-2 miles south on Milford Road. The park entrance will be on your right (Dairy Queen on the corner).

28 April 2014

June Monthly Gathering: Perils from Space: Close Encounters of the Worst Kind

The impact of a large meteor in Russia, on February 15, 2013, reminds us that the Universe is a very dangerous place. Large impacts are relatively infrequent but they do happen! Join us on Saturday, June 21st, when our guest, Dr. Claude Pruneau, Wayne State’s Director of Planetarium and Outreach, will present a survey of large meteoritic impacts on Earth and discuss the origins of these large objects. He will also present a summary of efforts conducted nationally and internationally to detect potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), i.e. asteroids with orbits that bring them periodically near Earth. As well as a brief discussion of techniques envisioned to avert or mitigate the effects of potential impacts.

Dr. Pruneau is a French Canadian native born in Quebec City. He completed his studies at Universite Laval where he earned a Ph.D. in Physics in 1987. He worked as Research Fellow successively for the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and McGill University in Montreal. He joined the Wayne State University Faculty in 1992, where he conducts an active research program in relativistic heavy ion physics and study of the Quark Gluon Plasma at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider located at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located at CERN in Switzerland. Dr. Pruneau is a member of the American Physical Society, the Canadian Association of Physicists, and the Union For Concerned Scientists.

This is great program for the entire family!

WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2014
6:00pm: The ExComm meeting begins. All members are welcome to attend.
7:00pm: Mingling begins.
8:00pm: Program starts.

ADMISSION (Exact change appreciated)
Adult members: $4, Adult guests: $5; Children 13 and under: $3
Members receive free admission in the month of their birthday

LOCATION: Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church
23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075

30 March 2014

May Monthly Gathering: Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City

In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon. His intention was to grow rubber, but the project rapidly evolved into a more ambitious bid to re-create small-town America itself, along with its golf courses, ice-cream shops, bandstands, indoor plumbing, and Model Ts in the most complex ecological area on earth. It was called Fordlandia and its eventual demise as a rubber plantation and rise as a tropical boomtown, foreshadowed the practices that today are laying waste to the rain forest.

Join us on Saturday, May 17th to learn more about this fascinating subject. Using rare photos from the 1920s and ’30s, this little known tale of Ford Motor Company and American history will be presented by Ford corporate historian Robert C. Kreipke.

WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2014
6:00pm: The ExComm meeting begins. All members are welcome to attend.
7:00pm: Mingling begins.
8:00pm: Program starts.

ADMISSION (Exact change appreciated)
Adult members: $4, Adult guests: $5; Children 13 and under: $3
Members receive free admission in the month of their birthday

LOCATION: Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church
23925 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48075

03 March 2014

Come to the Regional Gathering

SEMMantics 35

SEMMantics is the Regional Gathering for Southeast Michigan Mensa.

May 2-4, 2014
Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites
37529 Grand River Avenue
Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Download the Schedule of Events!

Check out the speaker line-up and descriptions of all the sessions. (Pardon the strange formatting as this is the same file we use to print the programs!)

Get updates by following the event on Facebook.

Registration

We have our own online registration and payment system developed by our very own Larry Arbanas. Register now for your tickets!

Prices for Current Members
$80 – through 4/15/2014
$50 – Friday Only
$55 – Saturday Only
$90 – Weekend at the Door Children under 5 – free Children 5 – under 18 – 1?2 price
Non-members and guests pay an additional $5.

Check out the current speaker line-up.