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.

03 February 2019

February Monthly Gathering – Navigating the Intangible yet Tangible Consequences of Racism

This presentation explores symbolic annihilation: the use of words, images and ideas to devalue, marginalize, and objectify the experiences and contributions of specific groups in society. To understand the permanence of racism as a cultural normality, this presentation interrogates the operation of Blackness in structurally imposed, traditional White spaces. The term space is used here to identify both the ideological and material constructs that perpetuate, maintain and justify systems of racial stratification in society

Guiding us will be Dr. Kalvin D. Harvell. Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, he earned a B.S. and M.A. in sociology, an Ed.S. in educational leadership (Specialist), and a Ph.D. in global leadership.

Dr. Harvell is a professor of sociology at Henry Ford College in Dearborn and has taught an array of courses, including but not limited to, Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society, Independent Studies, and Leadership in Diverse Communities and Organizations. Furthermore, Dr. Harvell taught in a learning community designed for under-represented males. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Harvell and his esteemed colleagues coordinate the Black Male and Quintessential Unique Essence of Ebony Necessary Sisters (QUEENS) Focus Group, an academic and social support network designed to address equity on the campus of Henry Ford College.

Currently, Dr. Harvell also serves as the president of the Michigan Sociological Association. Additionally, he is the chief intellectual officer (CIO) at Harvell & Associates, an educational consulting firm involved in the production of asset-focused, culturally responsive educational programming. However, of all of his accomplishments and letters, the letters he is most proud and passionate about are D A D D Y!

The program takes place on Saturday, February 16th , at Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church in Southfield. Doors open at 5pm. The program begins at 6pm. Please note the new starting time!

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

27 January 2019

SEMMantics 40 will keep you moving

SEMM’s own Kathy Phipps will return to lead Tai Chi. Whether you are experienced or a beginner, it is harder than it looks, yet can be done to your own individual level.

Our own Tom Ott will teach folk dances from several different countries. Tom is a great teacher and we all had a great time last year. Cone see what new dances he has for this time.

New this year we will have an experienced line dance teacher who ought to be a Mensan. She will teach and demonstrate how to do it, then we join in. Her classes are always popular and energetic.

No partner is needed for any of these activities. Just come as you are to work off some calories while doing something fun.

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

20 January 2019

Last Chance for Double Early Bird Pricing to SEMMantics 40

On January 31 the price of SEMMantics 40, our regional gathering, goes up. This is your last chance to register at a deeply discounted rate.

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

19 January 2019

Have no doubts, the Winter Bash is still on tonight!

See you there!

06 January 2019

Last Chance for Early Bird Pricing to Winter Bash!

Southeast Michigan Mensa’s Winter Bash is coming Saturday, January 19, 2019. Food, Games, Socializing, Fun for the Whole Family! Early bird pricing ends on January 17th Visit the Winter Bash page for ticket information.