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.

21 October 2018

Two Friends of SEMM Events this Coming Weekend

From Ordinary to Extraordinary
The Michigan Association for Gifted Children is having their annual conference on Saturday, October 27. Featuring keynote speaker: Ann Shoplik, co-author of Nation Deceived and the Iowa Acceleration Scale. Register at the MAGC site.

Special Presentation on General Józef Haller’s Army (The Blue Army)
Fellow SEMM member, Joan Rayford, is inviting interested people to attend a free speaking event on Saturday, October 27 held by The West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society. The second speaker, Mary Bartus-Sidick, will be talking about Joan’s grandfather. See the flyer for all the details.

30 September 2018

Pumpkin Spice Testing Vouchers Are Back!

Would you like to join Mensa? Do you have a friend, relative or coworker who is a Mensa member? Recently, all current members of American Mensa were sent one voucher code that they can give to someone to take the Mensa test or submit prior evidence for free. Both are ways to qualify to join Mensa. This code will expire March 31, 2019.

Ask them now for their voucher number or email MVP@nullamericanmensa.org and giftedcoord@nullmensadetroit.com for more information.

16 September 2018

October Monthly Gathering – Edible Insects and Human Evolution Your Ancestors Ate Insects … So What’s Bugging You?

Grossed out by that maggot squirming in your apple?

Your ancestors weren’t. In fact, they probably would have popped the offending creature into their mouths and relished its savory flavor. At least, that’s what Wayne State’s assistant professor of anthropology Julie Lesnik thinks. Dr. Lesnik studies how people (and their prehistoric relatives) have gathered, farmed, and cooked insects for food.

Dr. Lesnik’s presentation will draw from her new book, “Edible Insects and Human Evolution”, where she argues that people have been eating bugs for millennia, and our current disgust is a relatively new phenomenon. She incorporates research in human ecology, primatology, and paleoanthropology in order to reconstruct what insect consumption looked like in our earliest ancestors, and advocates for insects as a sustainable protein source that should be used more today, to feed the world’s growing population.

Julie Lesnik received her B.S. in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University in 2003 and her M.S. in Kinesiology and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2011. She joined the faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State in 2014. Her work has been supported by the Leakey Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her book, “Edible Insects and Human Evolution”, was recently published by the University Press of Florida and has been featured by NPR and National Geographic.

Join us on Saturday, October 20 at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield, to hear Dr. Lesnik’s view on the past and future use of insects as a food source, and for a free sample of Crickets! Doors open at 7pm. The program begins at 8pm.

Adult members: $4, or a strip of 4 tickets – $12
Adult guests: $5
Children 12 and under: $2
Members receive free admission in the month of their birthday

26 August 2018

September Monthly Gathering – A Whirlwind History of How English Got from Beowulf to Blogging

Join us on Saturday, September 15, for a very different program. Our guest speaker will be author and Professor of English, Dr. Anne Curzan, Ph.D., who explores linguistics and the history of our ever-changing language at the University of Michigan. During this informative and entertaining presentation, Dr. Curzan will take us on a tour of more than 1500 years of the history of the Englishlanguage, and share her lively insight on how our language has evolved. You may recognize Dr. Curzan from “That’s What They Say”, the Sunday morning show she hosts on Michigan Radio stations around the state, including WUOM-FM, locally.

Professor Curzan’s research interests include the history of English, language and gender, corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and lexicography. She can be found talking about language on the blog Lingua Franca for the Chronicle of Higher Education, in short videos on the LSA Wire, in the column “Talking About Words” in Michigan Today, and on the aforesaid “That’s What They Say”on Michigan Radio. Her TEDx talk at UM called “What makes a word ‘real’?” has over 1.2 million views on the national TED site. Sheand her co-author Lisa Damour also run T.A. training workshops around the country.

Professor Curzan is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English and Associate Dean for Humanities in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, at the University of Michigan. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the School of Educationas well. She received the University’s Henry Russel Award for 2007, the Faculty Recognition Award in 2009, the 2012 John Dewey Award,and the Linguistic Society of America’s Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award in 2016.

Join us on Saturday, September 15 at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield, to hear this very different program. Doors open at 7pm. The program begins at 8pm.

Adult members: $4, or a strip of 4 tickets – $12
Adult guests: $5
Children 12 and under: $2
Members receive free admission in the month of their birthday

19 August 2018

The NEMM (Tri-cities MPS) Salon Potluck Lunch is Cancelled

After a long run, the Salon Potluck lunch event hosted by NEMM (Tri-cities MPS) is no more. Thank you to all who joined them over the years.

You can still join them for their Dinner Group event which meets the second Wednesday at 6:00pm.