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 March 2019

March Monthly Gathering – The Mysterious World of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

By now you’ve probably heard about cryptocurrency. A family member, friend, neighbor, doctor, Uber driver, sales associate, server, barista, or passer-by on the street, has probably told you how he or she is getting rich quick with virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, or one of the lesser-known 1,300-plus investable cryptocurrencies.

But how much do you really know about them? If you’re like most folks (Including me), not much. Well, let’s fix that!

Join us for an introductory, but comprehensive, overview of the fast-moving world of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, the world’s first cryptocurrency, and Blockchain, the technology that makes it work. 

We will tackle the history, as well as extremely volatile, exotic, and often confusing nature of cryptocurrencies, that exists together with blockchain, in this quickly evolving space. We will also explore the varied practical and theoretical applications of the blockchain technology, which go far beyond its potential implications within the business sector. 

Guiding us will be Angela Palacios, CFP®, AIF®, and registered representative with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., where she specializes in investment and macro-economic research.

The program takes place on Saturday, March 16th, 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!

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

24 February 2019

SEMMantics 40 Talk: Protecting Yourself Against Fraud

You may have heard Rob Rayer when he presented at a monthly gathering several years ago about the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.   He was such a good speaker we were delighted he will return to tell us about Fraud Awareness.

His presentation will provide a brief synopsis of current fraud crimes that citizens should be aware of and how to protect yourself, including Identity Theft, Insurance/Health Care Fraud, Credit Card Fraud. Internet Fraud, and other scams that have been hitting Michigan’s citizens. 

Detective Sgt. Rayer is now a Trooper assigned the Fraud Investigative Section of the Michigan State Police.  He has a varied background that includes over 32 years of Law Enforcement.

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

17 February 2019

SEMMantics 40 Talk: Making Sense of Terrorism and the Changing Middle East

At SEMMantics 40, Jim Marcinkowski will be giving a talk on the basic tenets of both terrorism and Middle East politics that will seek to provide you with the analytical tools necessary to understand and perhaps make some sense out of this extremely complex area of international relations.

Marcinkowski began a thirty-eight year career in law enforcement and national security with Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI).  He then served as an Operations/Intelligence specialist with the U.S. Navy and later joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where he was trained and served overseas as a clandestine Operations Officer. He has appeared as a commentator on national news venues such as the CNN, CBS News’ 60 Minutes, Fox News, NPR News and MSNBC.  He is currently an adjunct professor at Wayne County Community College District where he established the Homeland Security degree program.

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

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.