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Announcing Winter Bash 2020

Southeast Michigan Mensa’s Winter Bash is coming Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Featuring: A chance to mingle with Mensans and guests who will actually get your jokes! All you can eat: pizza, salad, soft drinks, beer, wine, dessert, and munchies! Stuff to do: eat, socialize, games– bring your favorites!

Visit the Winter Bash page for ticket information.
Early bird pricing ends on January 9th.

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November Monthly Gathering – Seeking Justice for Immigrants

Detainee Defenders Attorney Nora Hanna calls it “that day.” It was Sunday, June 11, 2017, the day she received frantic telephone calls from people in the Iraqi Christian community. Early that morning, officers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had begun arresting people born in Iraq who had lived in the Detroit area for decades. These were longtime Michigan residents who had old — often very old —deportation orders. Nearly all legal immigrants, they’d run afoul of immigration law sometime in the past several decades. But they’d never been deported and lived in their communities, raising families, working and reporting periodically to ICE. Now everything was changed: Detainees expected to be on airplanes to Iraq within days, despite life threatening issues facing Christian deportees in Iraq. 

You may well have heard of this situation. One recent Iraqi-American deportee, Jimmy Aldaoud, lived his whole life in Detroit. A diabetic, he died in Baghdad, 2 ½ months after his deportation, due to a lack of insulin.

Attorney Nora Hanna, our guest speaker, will discuss the response of the legal community to “that day.”  She will also discuss the Chaldean, Assyrian, and Syriac people’s migration to the U.S., the religious element, deportation and its aftermath. 

Nora Hanna is an attorney with Fieger Law, where she does trial work for personal injury cases. She attended Wayne State University for both undergrad and law school. She earned a bachelors in Speech Communication and Rhetoric and obtained her JD in 2015. She is an immigrant who came to the US at the age of 4. So, the deportation really hit home for her. Ms. Hanna co-founded CODE Legal Aid a non-profit legal aid geared towards refugees and immigrants. 

Join us for the opportunity to gain a more informed understanding of the very complex issues confronting immigrants who are facing deportation, as well as the moral and humanitarian considerations sometimes arising from the enforcement of immigration laws. 

The program takes place on Saturday, November 16th, at
Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield.
23925 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075

Doors open at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:00pm. Please note the new starting time! 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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May Monthly Gathering – How to Put a Man on the Moon!

In a speech he delivered on September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy, characterized outer space as “a new frontier”, and declared “We choose to go to the Moon…” His words gave rise to what became Project Apollo, one of the most remarkable endeavors of human history. The project resulted in landing the first humans on the Moon, on July 20, 1969, followed by four subsequent lunar landings, the last of which occurring in 1972. Despite these impressive achievements, NASA’s major projects following Apollo, most notably the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, failed to capture the public imagination the way the Apollo Project did.

Joining us on May 18th, to help gain a better understanding of Project Apollo, will be Clifford Marko. Cliff started his career in journalism and covered the US space program from Project Apollo, and on from there. Cliff has enjoyed a multidimensional professional life as an Attorney, Corporate Counsel, President/CEO and radio/TV producer, reporter, and on-air host.

The program takes place on Saturday, May 18th, at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield. 23925 Northwestern Hwy Southfield, MI 48075

Doors open at 5pm. The program begins at 6pm. Please note the new starting time! Following the presentation, join us for dinner at Fishbone’s Cafe, located on the North side of Northwestern, 1500 feet North of 12 Mile, to socialize. The address is: 29244 Northwestern Hwy, in Southfield.

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SEMMantics 40 Speaker Lineup

The speaker lineup for SEMMantics 40 is set, and we think it’s really XL-ent! When you attend SEMMantics, from April 26 through April 28, there will be a parade of talks on a wide range of topics across the entire event, all included in your registration. 

It’s your choice. You can attend as many lectures as you wish. We understand there are so many other fascinating things going on too. But we are certain there will not be a better lineup to choose from at any Michigan Mensa event in 2019.

  1. Billie Lee: “Should I put Mensa on my Resume?”
  2. Tom Carr: “MI Bad:  Robbers, Cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan’s Past and Present”
  3. Harry Ringermacher:  “The Ringing Universe, Confirmed and Revisited”
  4. Peggi J. Tabor:  “The Science of Happiness”
  5. James Marcinkowski:  “Making Sense of Terrorism and the Changing Middle East”
  6. Rob Rayer:  “Fraud Awareness”
  7. Simon Ren:  “Coming Home”
  8. Caleb Collier  “Common Sense Strategies to Wealth Accumulation”
  9. Detroit Institute of Art:  “Behind the Seen” slideshow “In the Garden”
  10. Debbie Jackson:  “Monarchs-Missing from your Garden?”
  11. Elaine Donnelly:  “”Social Change in the Military – Where Are We Going With This?”

Check out our SEMMantics site to register or to get more details.

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Last Chance for Early Bird Pricing to SEMMantics 40

On April 12 the price of SEMMantics 40, our regional gathering, goes up. This is your last chance to register at a discounted rate.

Check out our SEMMantics site to register or to get more details.

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