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Just over 110 years ago a small group of women graduates in Ann Arbor gathered together to form the Ann Arbor Branch of the Association of Collegiate Alumni – the forerunner of AAUW. Today we are a vibrant, active group of some 300 intellectually curious women, devoted to improving the lives of women and girls through education. Along the way we manage to improve our own lives – and have a lot of fun. We welcome new members.
The Ann Arbor Branch offers
- A group of educated women with diverse backgrounds and experiences
- Informative and stimulating monthly programs
- More than 35 small interest groups covering a wide range of topics and activities
- A used book sale that raises money for national fellowships, local scholarships, and awards to graduating high school seniors
- Community outreach activities like Brains Rule! and Let’s Read Math
- Membership in national and state AAUW organizations
Next Branch Meeting: Weds., November 19, 2014 • 11:30 AM
The Arab American National Museum
Anan Ameri, PhD
Anan Ameri is the Founding Director (2005-2013) of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, the only museum in the United States dedicated to telling the story of Arab Americans. Her presentation will discuss how the museum, its exhibits, and its public programming were designed to dispel many of the misconceptions about Arab Americans, and to highlight the similarities between their experiences and that of other immigrants. Dr. Ameri, a Palestinian American who emigrated to the U.S. from Amman, Jordan, is a widely respected sociologist, scholar, and author on Arabs and Arab Americans. She holds a doctorate in sociology from Wayne State University and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She received the Detroit News 2005 Michiganian of the Year award, in large part for her pivotal role in conceiving, planning, and raising $16 million for the creation of the museum.
Open House, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Ann Arbor City Club, 7 pm
The annual open house is a time for returning members to meet old friends and sign up for study groups, while new and prospective members have the chance to find out who we are and what we do. We had a great turnout at our Open House. There was a total of 111 in attendance. Ninety-two members attended and brought many guests with them. Contacts we made from both the book sale and book sorting responded to our invititation, checked us out, and joined! Of our 19 guests, we gained at least 6 new paid members, and a couple of new e-Affiliate members.
During the business meeting we learned about and welcomed our two new interns from the University of Michigan Women’s Studies Department, Michaela Taylor and Kayla Martin. They are excited to facilitate greater interaction between AAUW and UM student body. To read more about our recent Open House from the perspective of new student intern, Kayla Martin, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Join us next month for a great program and a special party for our mentors and mentees.