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Great Lakes Bat Festival

Saturday, September 27, 2014
12:00 AM
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Center, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, Mich.

EEB graduate student Jeff Shi presents a community seminar (12:30 p.m.) and writing workshop (1 - 4 p.m.) at the festival.

The annual Great Lakes Bat Festival celebrates the unique role of bats in the Great Lakes ecosystem as insect eaters, while dispelling myths and misinformation that generate needless fears and threaten bats and their habitats around the world. The goal of the festival is to teach people about the fascinating world of bats and inspire people to protect the environment. Spend your Saturday at this free, family-friendly event and learn more about these amazing creatures.

U-M EEB graduate student, Jeff Shi, will present "From Dracula to Batman: Bat Myths Through the Ages," an informal community seminar at noon on cultural and media representations of bats and how they've changed over the course of human history. 

Shi will lead "Busting Bat Myths: A Night in the Life of a Bat!," a writing workshop for 826michigan on busting long-held common biases and superstitions about bats from 1:30 - 4 p.m. (for people to come and go). 826michigan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students, aged 6 - 18, with expository and creative writing at eight U.S. locations. 

The event is hosted by the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum.