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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!

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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.

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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

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March Monthly Gathering – The Land of Oz, The Witch, and My Mom

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 must pre-register at: https://tinyurl.com/SEMM-0321-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.

The Land of Oz, The Witch, and My Mom
Ten Things You Might Not Know about “The Wizard of Oz” and My Mother, Margaret Hamilton

The Wicked Witch of The West was terrifying. Remember the first time you saw that green face? Margaret Hamilton will always be remembered for her role, in the 1939 film classic “The Wizard of Oz.” The movie holds up so well, it’s worth watching annually, or introducing to a young relative who is ready for the rite of passage, or maybe some friend who lived their life under a rock. 

The American Film Institute ranked Hamilton’s Wicked Witch, number 4 on a list of the 50 Best Movie Villains of All Time. And Hamilton’s iconic line: “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!”, is probably responsible for more childhood nightmares than almost any movie line. The film has thrilled and frightened, in a good way, fans of all ages for over eighty-one years! During that time, the film and Margaret Hamilton’s portrayal of the Wicked Witch, have become a part of our popular culture.

Originally a kindergarten teacher, brought up oh so properly in early twentieth century Cleveland, and a single mother to her son, Margaret Hamilton had a full life before and after taking on the role that defined her public persona. She appeared in 127 TV shows and movies, about 100 plays, and countless radio shows and commercials. An accomplished actress, she was also a classy, kindhearted person, who never lost her dedication to the care and education of children. Probably the only thing wicked about her, was her sense of humor.

So please join us on Saturday, March 20, when Margaret Hamilton’s son, Hamilton Meserve, will be with us via Zoom to share his personal memories of his mother, the making of “The Wizard of Oz”, (Including the scene that almost killed her) as well as events across the many ensuing decades. This will be a great event for all who love this classic motion picture and want to know more about it, and Mr. Meserve’s fascinating mother.

Hamilton Meserve is now retired and lives in Maine with Helen, his wife of fifty-nine years. He’s enjoyed a happily diverse career, working in international banking (opening countries in Asia and the Middle East for Citibank); owning seven community newspapers in New York’s Hudson Valley from the 1980s to the 1990s, and until 2006, working with Helen in Running Battle Antiques for which (from 1990 to 2006) they did up to twenty-five national shows a year. Hamilton is currently a County Commissioner in Lincoln County, Maine. In addition, he is president of Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club, and Treasurer of The Boothbay Region Land Trust and The Friends of the Harbor Theatre, which is, not surprisingly, devoted to classic cinema.

The Zoom window will open at 630pm for mingling. The program starts at 7pm.

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SEMMantics 42

Enjoy this member-only, free one day event featuring speakers, games, and fun. Join us wherever you are!

Register now at: 
https://tinyurl.com/SEMMantics42registration2021

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