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October Monthly Gathering – Of Icebergs and Inquiries: Michiganders on the Titanic

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. These programs are “members only” events, and not open to the public.

To register for October’s presentation, members must go to https://tinyurl.com/SEMM-1020-Gathering. Enter your first and last name and an email address where you will receive information on the meeting, then click “Register.” Once your registration is approved, you will receive the URL you will need to attend the meeting

On the night of April 15, 1912, the luxury ocean liner RMS Titanic sank during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. When the ship went down, there were a number of Michiganders aboard, some, but not all, of whom tragically lost their lives. Within a week, Senator William Alden Smith of Michigan, a native of Dowagiac, convened the Senate inquiry into the disaster. Sans all the glitz and hype, this presentation explores the history of the Titanic, Senator Smith’s far-reaching quest for answers, and details what became of the Michiganders on board

Our speaker, Bob Myers, is the Director of Education for the Historical Society of Michigan. He holds a BA in history from Alma College and an MA in history from Western Michigan University. He has authored numerous books, including Lost on the Lakes: Shipwrecks of Berrien County and Adeline and Julia: Growing Up in Michigan and on the Kansas Frontier.  His articles have appeared in Michigan History Magazine and Michigan Historical Review. He and his wife Candace live in Grand Ledge, where they are restoring their 1903 Colonial Revival home.

Members please join us at 7pm, on Saturday, October 17, for a story which is both historically significant and locally relevant .

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September Monthly Gathering – The US Peace Corps in sub-Saharan Africa

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. These programs are “members only” events, not open to the public. Members need to pre-register by sending an email to register@nullcpeacock.us. The event’s Zoom URL and instructions for connecting will be sent to those who are pre-registered, about an hour before the presentation.

Join us on Saturday, September 19, at 7:00pm when our guest speaker will be SEMM member, Peggi Tabor, a certified Integrative Wellness and Life Coach. After a corporate career with Xerox, which included designing and delivering training programs to managers both in the US and abroad, she spent two years in sub-Saharan Africa as a US Peace Corps volunteer initiating and implementing economic development projects. She holds an MBA in marketing and communications as well as a Master’s degree in metaphysical science and a PhD in philosophy.

Dr. Tabor’s talk looks at the current situation in Sub-Saharan Africa and what the US Peace Corps is doing to ameliorate the many challenges facing the people living there – problems that range from systemic poverty to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Tabor spent two years as a US Peace Corps volunteer living and working in a remote village in Lesotho.

Members, be sure to join us at 7:00pm on Saturday, September 19 as Peggi recounts that experience.

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August Monthly Gathering – The Future of Automotive Propulsion

The worldwide demand for automotive transportation remains strong even as the price of conventional fuels fluctuates. Auto companies are committed to providing safe and affordable vehicles which run on whatever energy sources are available in a particular market. A brief history of vehicle propulsion methods will be followed by an update on the current status of electric vehicles, including hybrids, batteries, and fuel cells.

Ed Becker is a life member of American Mensa and a past president of The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers International.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He retired from General Motors after 30 years of service, mostly in the Powertrain division working on a variety of GM engines and transmissions. Ed then established Friction & Wear Solutions, LLC, which provides advice on materials to solve tribological problems. He holds 9 U.S. patents and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan.

Members please join us at 7pm, on Saturday, August 15 for some timely insight into the future of automotive transportation.

Members Only Zoom Presentation

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. These programs are “members only” events, not open to the public. Members need to pre-register by sending an email to register@nullcpeacock.us. The event’s Zoom URL and instructions for connecting will be sent to those who are pre-registered, about an hour before the presentation.

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May Monthly Gathering Canceled

We will not be holding the monthly gathering this month due to the pandemic.

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*** 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.

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