List of Upcoming Special Events  (printable; opens as pdf)
updated 3/13//2018

Upcoming events

    • January 17, 2018
    • September 05, 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Various Locations

     

    All lectures are FREE to PLATO members and their guests. 


    Registration is not required.



    The Special Events Committee has organized a series of lectures on various topics for 2018.  The following lectures are currently being organized; additional information will be posted here, as it becomes available.  


    "Understanding Community Programs: Importance of early childhood learning opportunities."

    Speaker: Marlo Mielke, The Program Director at One  City Early Learning Center

    Date: May 23, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: Tim Otis


    "The Science of the Beginning of Life"

    Speakers: Dr. William Eisinger, phd

    Date: September 5, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oak Park Place, 618 Jupiter Drive, 53718

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio


    "Midterm Election 2018: Wisconsin and the Nation"

    Speakers: Dr. Dennis Dresang
    Date: October 17, 2018
    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Loc:   Oakwood Village, West Auditorium
    Coord: Suzy Griffiths


    PAST LECTURES

    "Hurricanes, Wildfires and Climate Change ...  Cause or Effect???"

    Speaker: Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier

    Date: January 17, 2018

    Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, University Woods

    Coord: Carrol Schiller


    "Victorian's Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear" 

    Speaker: Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History

    Wisconsin Historical Society 

    Date: February 14, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

    Coord: Aleta Murray


    "Clearing Common Misconceptions about ISLAM and Current

      Community Challenges."

    Speakers: 

    • Women's Rights - Sarah Schlosser
    • Sharia Law, Jihad & Terrorism - Sheikh Alhagie Jallow
    • Current Community Challenges - Masood Akhtar
    • Muslim World Experiences - John Vaudreuil (former U.S. Attorney of Western Wisconsin.)

    Date: March 7, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio


    "Well-being and Resilience in Aging"

    Speakers: 

    Lorri Houston & Dr. Stacey Schaefer, Center        for HealthyMinds 

    Date: April 17, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Capital Lakes Auditorium

             Coord: Eileen Rabson


    "Patrick Marsh: A Look at its Past and Future"

    Speakers: Tony Abate of Groundswell Conservancy - Moderator

    Date: May 8, 2018

    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Loc:    Sun Prairie Library, Sun Prairie, WI

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio, Bill Eisinger

    Walk: A walk around Patrick Marsh is scheduled for March 3, lead by Tony Abate of Groundswell Conservancy.  A rain date has been set for March 10, if necessary.


    "PLATO is the Most Powerful Organization in Dane County"

    Speaker: Paul Terranova, ED of Lussier Community  Education Center

    Date: May 9, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: Tim Otis



    • June 08, 2018
    • September 28, 2018
    • 9 sessions
    Breakfast 
    Get-Togethers
    On
    2nd and 4th Fridays
     Campus and East Side


    Make new friends, meet new PLATO members and folks there for a cup of coffee. 


    2nd Friday @ The Memorial Union, "on Campus"

    4th Friday @ Elie's Family Restaurant  


    2nd Friday: 

    Campus Breakfast at UW Memorial Union:

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: UW Memorial Union Terrace, weather permitting.  Raining? We'll meet in the Lakeview Lounge, overlooking Lake Mendota.
    • Parking: Parking available under Helen C. White and at the Lake Street public ramp.
    • Menu's and hours:
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone (sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050)
    • Location of UW Memorial Union Terrace: 
    UW Memorial Union Terrace
      800 Langdon Street                                                                 Madison, WI 53706                                                                                  (608) 237-3168     


    4th Friday @ Elie's Family Restaurant  

    Eastside Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant:


    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Elie's Family Restaurant:  Breakfast Menu
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon knowyou're coming by email or phone, below.

    • Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.

      com or 608 280 8050

    • Location of Elie's Family Restaurant: 
          Lake Edge Shopping Center
          4012 Monona Drive
          Madison, WI 53716
           (608) 223-2040



     


    • August 28, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Parking lot on Schumacher Road, off of WI-19, Waunakee, WI 53597
    • 20
    Register

    We no longer charge for "Walks of Dane County"


    Please register for the walk so we can send you reminders and last minute change




    ?Cancellation due to rain or excessive heat?

    I will send an email the evening before the walk with information about cancellatioin due to severe weather (wet, heat, etc.).  


    The Farm

    This 40-acre farmstead with trails leading through a 10-acre prairie restoration project sits on a hilltop, with a view of the state capital, just east of Waunakee. The original farmhouse and barn built by Henry Schumacher in 1908 is accompanied by outbuildings of the same era, donated to the park from local farms.

    Volunteers tend the chickens and harvest the heirloom garden. They also coordinate antique farming demonstrations for workshops and public events

    This beautiful piece of land was gifted to the Dane County Parks Commission in 1978 by Marcella Schumacher Pendall, the only child of Henry Schumacher. She was born on the property, traveled the world, and returned home to teach Spanish and Ancient History at Waunakee high school for thirty years.  

    The Walk

    The trails are mowed 4-6 foot wide through a hilled prairie, around and through a woods.  The climbing difficulty is moderate while the distance is 2 miles.  We will stop often to hear historical and geographical information from a member of the Friends of Shumacher Farm Park.

    The Friends of Schumacher Farm have a two-part mission:

    • To preserve life ways of rural Dane County through education and restoration.
    • To maintain a conservancy


     
    Driving & Parking:

    Directions 

    Schumacher Farm Park is located on the top of a hill on County Hwy 19 just east of Waunakee, Wisconsin.  Please park in the large lot off of Schumacher Road.

    From the East: We are across the highway from the Industrial park water tower, which you will see as you are coming into Waunakee on Hwy 19. Go past the Farm house on the right to the bottom of the hill and a stop signal; turn right at the intersection onto Q/Schumacher Road. Park in the large parking field on your right.

    From the West: Make the left turn at the intersection of Hwy 19 and Q/Schumacher Road.  Make the first right into the large parking field on Schumacher Road. 

    Accessibility

    Handicapped parking is available next to the house. The house is not handicapped accessible by modern standards. There is an uneven stone walkway leading to the house, but there is also a wheelchair ramp. The grounds are grass with uneven footing. Please be careful!


     Questions? Contact Mike Di Iorio @ mdiiorio1234@gmail.com or 608  520 4448.

     

     

       


    • August 29, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 11
    Register

                   La Carmencita                                The Fountain, Villa Torlonia,  Frascati,  Italy             

    John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was the most sought-after portraitist of his generation, creating powerful, striking likenesses of his sitters. Although he is best known for his portraits, Sargent excelled in a variety of genres and media, including landscapes, watercolors, and murals. This exhibition presents the full range of Sargent’s talents, surveying his touchpoints to Chicago while also illuminating the city’s vibrant art scene.

    Sargent first showed at the Art Institute—at the time located at Michigan Avenue and Van Buren Street—in 1890, the year Chicago officially became the nation’s “second city” in terms of population. Among his paintings on view was La Carmencita, a commanding portrait of a Spanish dancer that is at once old and new—a tribute to Old Master painting that is also an Impressionist exploration of color and brushwork. The composition drew crowds of visitors to the museum, helping to put Chicago on the map as a recognized center for contemporary art and culture.

                                            Mrs. Hugh Hamm                                    Portrait of a Boy

    From July 1 through September 30, the Art Institute of Chicago will present an exhibition of American portraitist John Singer Sargent with a focus on his numerous Chicago connections. Featuring nearly 100 objects from the Art Institute’s collection, private collections, and public institutions, John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age examines Sargent’s impressive breadth of artistic practice and the network of associations among the artist, his patrons, his creative circle, and the city. Through the lens of Sargent’s work, this exhibition explores the cultural ambitions of Chicagoans to shape the city into a center of art, the development of an international profile for American artists, and the interplay of traditionalism and modernism at the turn of the 20th century.

          Street in Venice

    The registration fee ($83 for PLATO members and $98 for PLATO guests) includes admission to the Art Institute, special admission charge for the Singer exhibition, and a 45-minute seated slide lecture on the Singer exhibition.

    To learn more about the Singer exhibition, go to John Singer Sargent & Chicago's Gilded Age.

    We will be at the Art Institute for five hours which will give you time for lunch and see works in the permanent collection and other exhibitions. 

    Other exhibitions on display during our visit include:

    Charles White: A Retrospective

    Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living

    Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute

    Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980

    Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium

    Judy Ledgerwood: Chromatic Patterns for the Art Institute of Chicago

    Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design

    The Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor

    Click for Museum Map

    Click for Museum Gift Shops

    Bus Only Independent Study Option

    We are also offering the trip as Bus Only Option.  This option does not include admission to the Art Institute, the Sargent exhibition, or the special lecture. 

     

    We are offering the Bus Only Option because many PLATO members are also members of the Art Institute of Chicago and admission to the museum and the Sargent exhibition is free to Art Institute members.  Please note:  if you choose the bus only option, you will not be able to attend the 45-minute seated Sargent lecture as that is a special lecture only for PLATO members and guests paying for the complete package.

     

    And if you simply want to explore downtown Chicago on your own without going to the Art Institute, you can also choose the bus only option.  The bus will only make one stop – at the Art Institute.


    The fee for PLATO Members for the Bus Only Option is $45 and for Guests it is $55.

    Lunch

    Lunch is on your own.

    Click for Museum Dining Options

    If you want to eat at a nearby restaurant, here are some suggestions:

    Where to Eat Near The Art Institute of Chicago

    Restaurants near The Art Institute of Chicago from TripAdvisor

    Best Restaurants Near Art Institute from Yelp

    Restaurants near Art Institute from OpenTable

    Restaurants near Art Institute from UrbanSpoon

    Itinerary   

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Leave Madison

    6:20 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    6:30 AM     Departs Oakwood

    7:00 AM     Arrive Capitol Lakes for boarding

    7:20 AM     Arrive East Towne Sears for boarding.

    7:30 AM     Depart for Chicago                                     

    Chicago

    10:30 AM     Arrive Art Institute

    11:15-Noon  Seated slide lecture featuring the Sargent Exhibition

    3:15 PM      Begin boarding for return trip

    3:30 PM      Depart for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    6:15 PM        Arrive at East Towne Sears

    6:30 PM        Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    6:50 PM        Arrive at Oakwood Village West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    Non-Member Policy: Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date of August 14 if seats are available. Check with trip organizer).  Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.


    For further information:  contact Sargent Exhibition Trip Organizer: Bob Shaw at robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486
    • September 05, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oak Park Place, 618 Jupiter Drive, Madison, WI 53718


    This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and the general public. 

    Registration is not required.


    “The Science of the Origin of Life”.

    by Dr. William Eisinger



    Lecture:  “The Science of the Origin of Life”.

    Nearly four billion years ago the first forms of life began to appear on the earth. Did life

    emerge spontaneously from the primordial soup found in puddles on the cooling earth

    surface? Did life arise somewhere else in the Universe and come to the earth via

    meteors?

    For more than fifty years scientists have tried to recreate the conditions of the early earth

    in their laboratories and found that the basic building blocks of life can be formed

    through random interactions of simple compounds likely found on the early earth. This

    gives rise to the larger question – how did these simple building blocks assemble

    themselves into the complex structures required for cells to function? Although most

    scientists assume that nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) played essential roles in the

    formation of the earliest life, Dr. David Baum (UW Madison) and others believe that

    primitive forms of life might have existed without nucleic acids. Although each year

    important discoveries are made in this field, many fundamental questions about how life

    began remain unanswered.


    Speaker: Dr. William Eisinger

    Dr. William Eisinger is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Santa Clara University. While he was a graduate student he was introduced to origin of life studies by Dr. Sidney Fox a pioneer in the field and at Santa Clara University worked with Dr. H. P. Klein and other scientists from NASA Ames


    Location & Parking Instructions: 

    The lecture will be held at Oak Park Place, 718 Jupiter Dr, Madison, WI 53718-2950. 

    Map Directions: This link will allow you to type in your current address and will  provide directions to Oak Park Place.

    There is street parking in front of the building.  Additional parking can be found behind Oak Park Place.

    Questions?   Contact information: Mike Di Iorio, mdiiorio1234@gmail.com or 608 257-9164.


    • September 08, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Milwaukee
    • 28
    Register


    Join your PLATO friends at Indian Summer Festival 2018 on Saturday, September 8 in Milwaukee, from 12 noon – 4:00 PM!  This year’s theme is “Teachings from the Turtle’s Back”.  

    Indian Summer guests will enjoy and learn from the “Circle of Art” (art by artists from many native traditions), the “Gathering Place” (community service organizations that provide support for native peoples), the “Natural Path” (holistic healing methods along with the presence of conventional community physical and mental health service organizations), and “Living Culture Area” (many cultural traditions displayed, shared and demonstrated).  

    Of course, the main event, the “Contest Pow Wow”, will showcase the talents of native dancers in full, colorful regalia accompanied by drum circles and traditional songs. 

    We will arrive at the Saturday Indian Summer Festival at 12 noon, in time to leisurely make our way to the Pow Wow area for the start of the Pow Wow with the Grand Entry at 1:00 PM.  Indian Summer guests will have time to view initial dance competition, visit the art and cultural areas or just sit and enjoy traditional native foods.

    Note: Schedule of Events and Festival Map to be announced. Monitor the Indian Summer Festival 2018 website for new information as it becomes available.

    Dress for the weather being mindful that the Indian Summer Festival is an outdoor event held on the Summerfest grounds on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

    Accessibility PolicyOn the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    9:30 AM Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    9:55 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    10:15 AM  Arrives at East Towne Sears

    10:25 AM  Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    12:00 PM  Arrive Indian Summer Festival Main Gate

    Free Time to the explore the festival and enjoy lunch among the many food vendors. 

    4:00 PM Board bus for return to Madison.

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM      Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM      Oakwood University Oaks

    Indian Summer Festival and Pow Wow Field Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Indian Summer Festival and Pow Wow theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741.

                                                                          


     



     

     

     

    • September 13, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W Main St., Premier Room, Madison


    Welcome PLATO Members

    We invite you to socialize, learn, and discuss past & future productions with fellow members who enjoy theatre.

    Our upcoming schedule is listed below. We plan to discuss and explore each play at our monthly meeting as the season unfolds. 

    We will be meeting in the main floor Premier Room.

    Purchase beer, wine or your favorite beverage in the Season Cafe (lower level) and bring to the meeting. An optional dining opportunity follows the meeting, either at the Seasons Cafe (closes at 7 PM) or at a nearby pub/eatery of common consent.


    2018-2019 PLATO Field and Theater Trips Season

    T, August 14 -  Born Yesterday, American Players Theatre, Hill Theatre

    W, August 29 - John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age Exhibition @ Art  Institute of Chicago

    Sa, September 8 - Indian Summer Festival and Pow Wow, Milwaukee

    Su, September 16 -  Songs for Nobodies, Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret

    W, October 3 - Birds in Art Exhibition, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau

    W October 10 -  In the Heights, Milwaukee Rep, Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

    F November 9 -  Engaging Shaw, American Players Theatre, Touchstone Theater

    W November 14 -  Hamilton 2016 Wait List 2 Theater Trip  CIBC Theatre, Chicago

    W December 5 -  Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley, Milwaukee Rep,  Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

    2019

    Su January 13 - The All Night Strut Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret

    W February 6 - Junk,  Milwaukee Rep, Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

    Su March 10 - Mark Twain's River of Song, Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret

    Su May 5 - August Wilson's Two Trains Running, Milwaukee Rep,  Quadracci Powerhouse

    May 22 - West Side Story, A Coproduction of Lyric Opera-Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Festival

    Su, Jun 2 - Next to Normal, Writers Theater and Chicago Botanic Garden Trip, Glenoe


    • September 14, 2018
    • April 26, 2019
    • 18 sessions
    Breakfast 
    Get-Togethers
    On
    2nd and 4th Fridays
     Campus and East Side


    Make new friends, meet new PLATO members and folks there for a cup of coffee. 


    2nd Friday @ The University Club, "on the Library Mall"

    and 

    4th Friday @ Elie's Family Restaurant  


    2nd Friday at University Club: 


    Campus Breakfast at University Club on "UW's Library Mall":

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Breakfast Menu and hours
    • Place: University CLub, 803 State Street, "on Library Mall"
    • Parking: Parking available under Helen C. White and the City's  Lake Street public ramp.
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone (sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050)
    • Location of University Ckub: 
    803 State St, Madison, WI 53703
    On the Library Mall


    4th Friday @ Elie's Family Restaurant  

    Eastside Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant:


    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Elie's Family Restaurant:  Breakfast Menu
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon knowyou're coming by email or phone, below.

    • Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.

      com or 608 280 8050

    • Location of Elie's Family Restaurant: 
          Lake Edge Shopping Center
          4012 Monona Drive
          Madison, WI 53716
           (608) 223-2040



     


    • September 14, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 23
    Register


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online by Wednesday noon, prior to the lecture. (Or sign-up by emailing: AdrienneBorisyGross@gmail.com or phone 608-231-1910.

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the Alumni Association and not PLATO and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • September 16, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 25
    Register


    Songs for Nobodies @ Milwaukee Rep
    Stackner Cabaret
    Sunday, September 16

    Join us for an American premier and the first play of the PLATO 2018-2019 seven-play Milwaukee theater trip series.

    Coming to Milwaukee from sold-out tours in Australia and the UK--be the first in the U.S. to see this amazing production.

    Opening in the newly renovated Stackner Cabaret, the one-woman tour-de-force Songs for Nobodies reminds us that everybody has a story – and a song – worth hearing. Share in the life-changing encounters between legendary divas and the everyday women whose lives they touched, interspersed with the songs that made Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, and Maria Callas icons of our age. Featuring such favorites as “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Amazing Grace,” “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do,” and “Vissi d’arte,” Songs for Nobodies shows us the magical power of song.

    Run Time: Two Hours (one intermission)

    Learn more by visiting the Songs for Nobodies website regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (September 7) draws near.

    Songs for Nobodies will be staged in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. Information including photos about this unique theater venue.

    The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level and chairs. Most of our seating will be on staggered tables and chairs set on platform deck flooring that are an easy, shallow step-down/step-up between levels of tables and chairs. The backs of the chairs provide good step-down/step-up support.

    Accessibility PolicyOn the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    Independent Study Museum Opportunities

    Grohmann Museum 

    Milwaukee Art Museum 

    Milwaukee Public Museum

    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*
    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.

    11:00 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep, Kilbourn Street entrance 

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    11:15 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market


    There are nine unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Guide

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret Restaurant opens Pre-matinee Anytime Menu available plus dessert list and full bar service. (Great Bloody Mary options) 

    Tip: Enjoy lunch at another restaurant and return early for dessert and coffee at the Stackner Cabaret.

    Directions to the Stackner Cabaret: From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead to the atrium dome. The Stackner Cabaret is located on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator or escalator. From the 2nd floor elevator exit, walk around to the left into the promenade. From the escalator, you arrive in the promenade. Stackner Cabaret entrance is ahead on the left.


    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    8:30 AM      Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    8:55 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:15 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:25 AM     Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    10:45 AM  Arrive Milwaukee Public Museum for Independent Study

    11:00 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Rep Kilbourn St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    11:15 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market for Third Ward restaurants

    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret opens

    1:00 PM Grohmann Museum opens (easy walk from Milwaukee Rep)

    1:25 PM Return to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stackner Cabaret and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    2:00 PM      Songs for Nobodies performance begins

    3:30 PM     Return to Milwaukee Art Museum for Independent Study members

    3:30 PM     Grohmann Museum Independent Study members begin walking to Milwaukee Rep for return to Madison

    4:00 PM      Songs for Nobodies performance ends

    4:00 PM - 4:20 PM Board bus for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    4:25 PM Return to Milwaukee Public Museum for Independent Study members

    4:25 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    Songs for Nobodies Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Songs for Nobodies theater trip organizer, Lynne Stapleton, lmastapleton@gmail.com and 920-850-0891.        

                        
    • September 20, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street

     

    The PLATO Fall Open House will take place 1:30 - 3:00PM, Thursday, September 20th.

    * Talk with Course Coordinators & discuss their Spring class offerings

    * Re-connect with PLATO colleagues

    * Chat with Committee representatives about upcoming activities and volunteer opportunities

    * Light refreshments available throughout the afternoon

    *  A Q & A session is planned to answer questions about PLATO.

    Come any time between 1:30 and 3:00. As you enter the Senior Center, pick up an information folder, then freely move from table to table on the first floor to meet and talk to the course coordinators.  Each PLATO committee will also be represented - we are always in need of new volunteers to keep PLATO activities going!

    A brief Question-and-Answer Session will be held near the end of the open house time to help prospective, new and continuing members learn more about PLATO committees, issues, and future plans.

    Refreshments hosted by the Special Events Committee and seating will be available throughout the afternoon.

    • September 26, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Picnic Point Parking Lot
    • 30
    Register

    We no longer charge for "Walks of Dane County"


    Please register for the walk so we can send you reminders and last minute change

    Lakeshore Nature Preserve


    About the Preserve

    The 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve stretches for 4.3 miles along the south shore of Lake Mendota on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus–from the Hasler Limnology Laboratory on the east to the Village of Shorewood Hills on the west. The preserve includes two historical features: Frautschi Point snd Picnic Point.

    The Walk

    We should see some migratory birds. In addition we will focus on Effigy mounds and the geology of the area and lake. This walk would be a loop including Picnic Point. Meeting point would be Picnic Point parking lot. 

    We will be led by two knowledgeable guides,  Gisela Kutzbach (member, Lakeshore Nature Preserve Friends group) and a bird specialist who will tell us something about the Spring and Fall migration through the Preserve.


    What to Expect on the Walk

    Quality of the Path/Walk

    Length & Pace of Walk

    The pace will be moderate with stops for education about the effigy mounds, local geology and bird migration.  The walk will be about a 3 mile walk.  The walk will take about 2.5 hours.  The length of the walk and the time it takes to complete the walk will depend on the informational stops we make along the way. 


    Hill Rating

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 2.5.  

    Quality of trail footing

    On a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 represents very difficult footing, the trails we will follow are rated a 2.0.

    Walk Difficulty

    A three mile walk along a several trails along mixed hilly and flat terrain.  There will be opportunities to shorten or lengthen the path, depending on group interests and abilities.

    Handicap Accessibility?

    The trails are not particularly handicap accessible.  They may be manageable with someone to assist you.  Please call me at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails

    Microphone

    Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering her message clearly as possible.

    Driving and Parking Information: 

    We will use the Picnic Point Parking lot to start our walk.


    To learn more about Lakeshore Preserve Nature Area, go to the following website:  https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/visit/places/picnic-point/


    Highlights of the Walk

    Native Americans and the Preserve

    For more than 12,000 years, Native peoples have lived on the land that is today the UW-Madison campus. Evidence of this long human occupation is inscribed all across the campus landscape. Earthen burial mounds, including unique effigy forms constructed over 1000 years ago, can be visited in several parts of the Preserve. Learn about the more than 40 archaeological sites across campus.


    Geology

    In the Madison of 50,000 years ago, the Yahara River flowed sweetly at the bottom of a steep river valley perhaps as much as 600 feet deep. Resilient sandstone layers formed extensive ledges and spring fed streams issued from limestone caves to cascade to the river far below. Incredibly, a natural event of unimaginable scale literally wiped this entire ecosystem from the face of the Earth—glaciers.


     geology map of Dane County

    Watershed

    Hydrology and hydrologic process within and around the Preserve greatly influence the quality and health of its diverse biotic communities. Additionally, the Willow Creek Watershed—which is much larger than most people realize—has a substantial impact on the quality of water in Willow Creek and University Bay.


     Willow Creek watershed map

    Prairies

    Prairies are grasslands dominated by native grasses associated with a diverse assemblage of flowering herbaceous plants known as forbs. UW-Madison's Biocore Program has been carrying out tallgrass prairie restoration in the Preserve in the field between Picnic Point and the Eagle Heights Community Gardens since 1997.


     prescribed fire in Biocore Prairie

    Wetlands

    Wetlands have water at or just above the surface of the soil for much if not all of the year. Known for a distinctive set of plants, wetlands support a wide variety of animals, and provide essential services such as flood and stormwater abatement and water quality management. The Preserve has two major natural wetlands—Picnic Point Marsh and University Bay Marsh—as well as a wetland restoration, the Class of 1918 Marsh.


     sandhill cranes in Class of 1918 Marsh

    Woodlands

    The Woods in the Preserve typify the broadleaf forest common to relatively moist, upland sites in southern Wisconsin. You'll find a common set of tree species occupying the overstory throughout the woods, but the relative abundance of each varies with slope and aspect (the direction the slope faces). Common species include Bur oak, White oak, Northern red oak, Shagbark hickory, Slippery elm, Hackberry, White ash, Black cherry and Basswood.


    • October 03, 2018
    • Wausau
    • 38
    Register

    Michael Michael Dumas, Sparrow's Rest, 2016 oil

    Register now for the PLATO trip to the "Birds in Art" Exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau on October 3.  This is the 43rd year for this internationally renowned juried exhibit. 114 artists, including 31 international artists and 8 Wisconsin artists, will present artworks.  Innovative artistic approaches and intriguing mediums - from acrylic and oxidized sterling silver leaf to cut turkey feathers and oil and cold wax on linen - capture the character, spirit and habitats of birds.  All-new artwork features varied interpretations of avian wonders via original paintings, sculptures, and graphics.

                        Rose Tanner, Bee Curious, 2017, oil                      Cindy House, Autumnal Colors, 2018

    We will have a docent-led tour of the Exhibit followed by free time to explore the Museum and the adjacent Sculpture Garden on your own. Books and posters from the exhibit will be available for purchase in the Museum's gift shop.

                           Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein, The Dance              Tyler Vouros, Bubo scandiacus, 2017, charcoal and water

    The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum provides barrier-free access in the Museum and in the Sculpture Garden. Since it opened in 1976, admission to the Museum has always been free.  The Museum's collection focuses on art inspired by nature, primarily birds, and has grown to more than 14,000 objects.  Respected Wisconsin artist, Owen J. Gromme, organized the Museum's inaugural exhibition.  


    For more information about the exhibit, click on Birds in Art 2018

    For more information about the museum, click on Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

    Upon leaving the museum, we will stop at the Wausau Great Dane Pub for lunch on your own. View a menu at Great Dane Menu.


    Trip Itinerary

    We will board the bus at three locations in Madison.  Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don't miss the bus.  Don't be late - we can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.  Pack water bottles and lots of snacks for the trip.  Lunch will be around 1:00 PM and there is no food at the museum.

    7:30 AM:  Board at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:50 AM:  Board at Capitol Lakes

    8:15 AM:  Board at East Towne Sears

    10:30 AM:  Arrive at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum.  Meet the docent for the tour of the exhibit.  

    12:00 PM:  Free time to explore the Museum and the Sculpture Garden. 

    1:00 PM:  Board bus and stop for lunch at Wausau's Great Dane Pub.  

    2:00 PM:  Board bus for return trip to Madison

    4:00 PM:  Arrive at East Towne Sears

    4:20 PM:  Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    4:45 PM:  Arrive at Oakwood Village University Woods

    Other Information

    Accessibility Policy:  To ride the bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.  If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to help you. 

    Non-member Policy:  PLATO members must register their guests.  Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip.  (Members may bring more than one guest if, near the Registration Deadline Date, seats on the bus are available.  Check with the trip organizer.)  None-member guests pay an additional $10 registration fee.  PLATO membership is $60/year.

    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions):  Birds in Art Mail-In Registration Form.pdf

    Questions?  Contact the trip organizer, Martha Zydowsky, at  mzydowsky@gmail.com and 608-213-6907.



    • October 08, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 1156 Olin-Turville Ct.
    • 35


    We no longer charge for "Walks of Dane County"


    Please register for the walk so we can send you reminders and last minute change

    Turville Point Conservation Park


    Olin Park Details

    Offering some of the best views of downtown Madison, Olin Park, located on the shores of Lake Monona is convenient, accessible and affordable. The reservable restored historic pavilion is perfect for events and seats up to approximately 150 guests. 

    There are an abundance of recreational outlets for the entire family such as a soccer field, baseball diamond, walking paths, and playground equipment.  Swim or soak up some sun on the welcoming beach, take an enjoyable jog on the trail, or go biking through the park and up and around the Capitol.  Adjacent to Olin Park is an expansive Turville Point Conservation Park, where you can relish in a majestic nature walk, go cross-country skiing, or hiking.  It is easy to retreat to Olin Park with its central location and convenience to the Beltline, Capital City and Wingra bike trails, bus routes, and a boat launch. 


    Turville Point Conservation Park

    This natural gem borders the shores of Lake Monona, a short walk from downtown.  Large red, bur and white oak provide the canopy under which a variety of spring wildflowers bloom.  A seven acre prairie opening adds to the diversity of the site.  Adjacent to Olin Park which has restrooms and a parking lot. 

    Features 2.3 miles of trails

    About the Preserve

    The 300-acre Lakeshore Nature Preserve stretches for 4.3 miles along the south shore of Lake Mendota on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus–from the Hasler Limnology Laboratory on the east to the Village of Shorewood Hills on the west. The preserve includes two historical features: Frautschi Point snd Picnic Point.

    The Walk

    We should see some migratory birds. In addition we will focus on Effigy mounds and the geology of the area and lake. This walk would be a loop including Picnic Point. Meeting point would be Picnic Point parking lot. 

    We will be led by two knowledgeable guides,  Gisela Kutzbach (member, Lakeshore Nature Preserve Friends group) and a bird specialist who will tell us something about the Spring and Fall migration through the Preserve.


    What to Expect on the Walk

    Quality of the Path/Walk

    Length & Pace of Walk

    The pace will be moderate with stops for education about the effigy mounds, local geology and bird migration.  The walk will be about a 3 mile walk.  The walk will take about 2.5 hours.  The length of the walk and the time it takes to complete the walk will depend on the informational stops we make along the way. 


    Hill Rating

    On a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is very  steep, the trails are rated 2.5.  

    Quality of trail footing

    On a scale of 1 to 5 where 5 represents very difficult footing, the trails we will follow are rated a 2.0.

    Walk Difficulty

    A three mile walk along a several trails along mixed hilly and flat terrain.  There will be opportunities to shorten or lengthen the path, depending on group interests and abilities.

    Handicap Accessibility?

    The trails are not particularly handicap accessible.  They may be manageable with someone to assist you.  Please call me at 608 257-9164 to further evaluate the trails

    Microphone

    Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering her message clearly as possible.

    Driving and Parking Information: 

    We will use the Picnic Point Parking lot to start our walk.


    To learn more about Lakeshore Preserve Nature Area, go to the following website:  https://lakeshorepreserve.wisc.edu/visit/places/picnic-point/


    Highlights of the Walk

    Native Americans and the Preserve

    For more than 12,000 years, Native peoples have lived on the land that is today the UW-Madison campus. Evidence of this long human occupation is inscribed all across the campus landscape. Earthen burial mounds, including unique effigy forms constructed over 1000 years ago, can be visited in several parts of the Preserve. Learn about the more than 40 archaeological sites across campus.


    Geology

    In the Madison of 50,000 years ago, the Yahara River flowed sweetly at the bottom of a steep river valley perhaps as much as 600 feet deep. Resilient sandstone layers formed extensive ledges and spring fed streams issued from limestone caves to cascade to the river far below. Incredibly, a natural event of unimaginable scale literally wiped this entire ecosystem from the face of the Earth—glaciers.


     geology map of Dane County

    Watershed

    Hydrology and hydrologic process within and around the Preserve greatly influence the quality and health of its diverse biotic communities. Additionally, the Willow Creek Watershed—which is much larger than most people realize—has a substantial impact on the quality of water in Willow Creek and University Bay.


     Willow Creek watershed map

    Prairies

    Prairies are grasslands dominated by native grasses associated with a diverse assemblage of flowering herbaceous plants known as forbs. UW-Madison's Biocore Program has been carrying out tallgrass prairie restoration in the Preserve in the field between Picnic Point and the Eagle Heights Community Gardens since 1997.


     prescribed fire in Biocore Prairie

    Wetlands

    Wetlands have water at or just above the surface of the soil for much if not all of the year. Known for a distinctive set of plants, wetlands support a wide variety of animals, and provide essential services such as flood and stormwater abatement and water quality management. The Preserve has two major natural wetlands—Picnic Point Marsh and University Bay Marsh—as well as a wetland restoration, the Class of 1918 Marsh.


     sandhill cranes in Class of 1918 Marsh

    Woodlands

    The Woods in the Preserve typify the broadleaf forest common to relatively moist, upland sites in southern Wisconsin. You'll find a common set of tree species occupying the overstory throughout the woods, but the relative abundance of each varies with slope and aspect (the direction the slope faces). Common species include Bur oak, White oak, Northern red oak, Shagbark hickory, Slippery elm, Hackberry, White ash, Black cherry and Basswood.


    • October 10, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 15
    Register


    Join us Wednesday, October 10 for the second play of the PLATO 2018-2019 seven-play Milwaukee Repertory Theater trip series with In The Heights.

    THE SIZZLING MUSICAL FROM HAMILTON'S CREATOR

    Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manual Miranda

    Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes

    Conceived by Lin-Manual Miranda

    Directed by May Adrales

    Winner of the Pulitzer, Emmy, 2 Grammy, and 3 Tony Awards.

    The vibrant New York community of Washington Heights is a place where the air is filled with the sounds of salsa, merengue, soul, hip-hop and R & B. It’s also a neighborhood on the brink of change, full of hopes and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is a show sure to capture the heart of all ages with its universal themes of chasing your dreams and finding your true home.

    Synopsis 

    In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi's, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home.

    Broadway.com

    Estimated Run Time: Two hours and 30 minutes including one intermission (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the In The Heights webpage regarding the cast, video clips of cast performances, interviews & rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (September 18) draws near.

    In The Heights will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    Rep In-Depth:  An optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk.

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy: Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

    .LUNCH is on your own*

    Our bus will make two neighborhood lunch stops:

    First, at Milwaukee Public Market for the Historic Third Ward, and

    Second, at the Milwaukee Rep for downtown areas surrounding the theater.

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.

    Milwaukee Public Market (11:00 AM)

    Our first stop will be at the Milwaukee Public Market containing nine distinctive eateries

    Milwaukee Public Market Interior

    There are many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. A list of past PLATO theater trip participants' Third Ward restaurant recommendations, including websites and map, will be provided.

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    Milwaukee Rep (11:15 AM)

    Milwaukee Rep

    There are a number of restaurants near the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep all within easy walking distance. 

    A list of the Milwaukee Rep restaurant recommendations from past PLATO theater trip participants, including websites and map, will be provided prior to trip departure.

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    8:45 AM Bus 1  arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    8:50 AM  Bus 2 arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:10 AM  Bus 2 arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:25 AM Bus 2 departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:00 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:15 AM Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    12:25 PM Bus 1 and Bus 2 return to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep In-Depth pretalk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    12:45 PM Rep In-Depth pre-talk begins

    1:30 PM In The Heights performance begins

    4:00 PM In The Heights performance ends

    4:00 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    4:20 PM Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:45 PM Bus 2 return to East Towne Sears

    5:50 PM Bus 1 return to Oakwood West

    6:00 PM Bus 2 return to Capitol Lakes

    In The Heights PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact One House Over theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke,bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • October 17, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center


    Registration is not required.

    This lecture is FREE to the general public. 


    Dr. Dennis Dresang will present:


    Midterm Elections 2018: Wisconsin and the Nation





    Dennis L. Dresang

    Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Political Science

    Professor Dennis Dresang is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Political Science and founding director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs. His research focuses on state politics, public personnel management, and community issues. He has contributed to public service in a variety of ways: directing a research and public service seminar of La Follette School students examining community health issues and youth violence, chairing two major gubernatorial task forces, and serving on numerous tribal and local government commissions on human resource management issues. He was research director for a policy initiative of Wisconsin's lieutenant governor to improve the status of women, and he was director of the Center for Wisconsin State, Local, and Tribal Governance during its operation from 1993-2008. For his research and public service on pay equity, he received distinguished service awards from the Women's Political Caucus and the Wisconsin Equal Rights Council. Professor Dresang serves as a volunteer instructor in a university program for senior citizens.

    Professor Dresang is co-author of Politics and Policy in American States and Communities, 7th edition; author of Public Personnel Management and Public Policy, 6th edition; and author of Public Administration, 8th edition. His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, Public Personnel Management, and Journal of Public Personnel Administration.

    Professor Dresang is completing a biography of Governor Patrick J. Lucey.

    He received his doctorate in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.


    Location & Parking Instructions: 

    Lecture Location:

    Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
    6205 Mineral Point Road    
    Madison, Wisconsin 53705    

    608-230-4427  
    www.oakwoodvillage.net  

     
    Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods outdoors & underground. 

    To access underground parking:

    • Enter at the stoplight on Mineral Point Rd.; take the left fork & go to the SECOND driveway on the right.  Look for the sign indicating parking. 
    • Press the button located next to the garage door to speak to attendant; say you are there for a PLATO Lecture.
    • Park in any available Visitor space.


    Questions?   Contact information: Suzy Griffiths, ssgriffths@gmail.com or 608 233-5592.


    • October 31, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 3101 County Highway JG Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
    • 35
    Register

    No charge 

    "Walks of Dane County"Walk

    Please register for the walk so we can send you reminders and last minute change


    Stewart Lake County Park




    The Walk

    Stewart Park is located ion the edge of the Village of Mt. Horeb.  We'll meet at the shelter parking lot above the dam. We'll walk the trails through the woods and overlooking Stewart lake. Our walk will continue over an earthen dam across the Moen Creek, built in 1935. 

    A member of the Friends of Stewart Park will introduce us to the social and cultural history of the park.  

    Brunch at Schubert's Bakery

    Following our walk we'll have brunch at Schubert's Bakery.  This charming restaurant with its original tin ceilings, cozy wood booths, checkered floor, and old-fashioned soda fountain has become a local institution, where people travel from miles around for a wonderful meal and a taste of Schubert’s famous Swedish Rye Bread, Norwegian Lefse, Rosettes, Fry-cakes and other traditional favorites.

    Stewart Lake County Park

    Stewart Lake County Park was established in 1935, making it the first County Park in Dane County. Within this 191-acre park is shimmering Stewart Lake, an artificial lake on spring-fed tributary of Moen Creek. The lake offers a challenge for trout and bass fishing. Recreational facilities include picnic shelters, play equipment, hiking trails, and a beach area (no lifeguard on duty).  Please note that gas motors are not allowed on Stewart Lake (electric motors are permitted). Stewart Lake County Park can be reached by traveling north on County Highway JG from Main Street in the Village of Mt. Horeb.

    Trailhead and Parking Instructions

    3101 County Highway JG
    Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
    Get Directions

    • November 09, 2018
    • Spring Green, Wisconsin
    • 36
    Register


    Engaging Shaw @ American Players Theatre
    Touchstone Theatre
    Friday, November 9

    Join us Friday, November 9th, for our final American Players Theatre (APT) play of the season, Engaging Shaw, by John Morogiello.

    Directed by David Frank

    With excerpts from Bernard Shaw

    Featuring: Tracy Michelle Arnold, Gavin Lawrence, Colleen Madden, James Ridge

    Synopsis: George Bernard Shaw is well known for his writing, wit and commitment to social justice. But in his time, he was also known for being an unrepentant philanderer. His aversion to marriage was so strong that he clung to it even in the face of the clever and charismatic Charlotte Payne-Townshend, who is clearly more than a match for him. Urged on by their friends Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the two would-be lovers trade witty barbs as they form a close friendship. The question at the center of this charming, romantic comedy is whether or not they’ll ever admit how close that friendship is.

    For more information on the play, see APT's Engaging Shaw website

    Estimated Run Time:  3 hours, including one intermission (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Engaging Shaw will be staged in APT's 201-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre. It's about a 5-minute stroll from the parking lot, up a gentle slope. (There is a shuttle available if you prefer to ride.) The path leads through the prairie to a beautiful, modern, intimate and climate controlled facility. Once inside, you'll find a gift shop, concession stand and rest rooms - the same amenities as the Hill Theatre (but to slightly smaller scale). More information about this theater.


    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy: Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

    LUNCH is included at The Old Feed Mill in Mazomanie

    A soup and sandwich buffet lunch at the Old Feed Mill is included in your registration fee. A dessert and non-alcoholic beverages are also included. There are no lunch options at APT in November.

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive 15 minutes early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Spring Green on time to begin our adventure.

    • Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.
    • Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison - Please arrive 15 minutes before departure

    9:10 AM Bus arrives East Towne Sears (boarding across from Culver’s, west of Lamppost 10)

    9:30 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears

    9:50 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes

    10:10 AM Bus departs Oakwood University Woods for Mazomanie (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    In Mazomanie

    10:50 AM Bus arrives at The Old Feed Mill

    12:00 PM Bus leaves The Old Feed Mill

    In Spring Green

    12:20 PM Bus arrives at American Players Theatre. 

    If using the shuttle, allow time for boarding--the route is short, but the bus may be small.

    1:00 PM Engaging Shaw performance begins

    4:00 PM Engaging Shaw performance ends. Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for walking/shuttle and restroom use.

    4:30 PM Bus departs for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:30 PM Return to Oakwood University Oaks

    5:50 PM Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:10 PM Return to East Towne Sears

    Engaging Shaw PLATO Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Engaging Shaw theater trip organizers:

    • November 14, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 18
    Register


    PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 195 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 60 tickets for our use on this trip.

    A special registration code will issued to those authorized from the wait list to register.

    As soon as, future large group Hamilton tickets become available, we will schedule additional trips to serve the wait list people first, before offering new Hamilton trips to the PLATO membership. 

    Hamilton Chicago Cast

    Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

    Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)


    The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.

    In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.

    Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the lower Mezzanine, Rows B-H)

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM 
    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own*, Visiting the Art Institute (AIC) and Exploring
    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)
    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.


    ~  ~  ~   Hamilton Itinerary  ~  ~ ~        

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago with plenty of time to enjoy our day.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:40 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:55 AM        Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM         Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard     

    In Chicago

     11:00 AM       Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago

    11:15 AM       Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    12:45 PM        Return Pick up at Art Institute

    1:00 PM          Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

    4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

    4:45 PM         (Est) Depart from CIBC Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Return to Madison (Estimated)

    8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

    8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

    The CIBC Theatre Mezzanine is handicap accessible for the most part. Each outer wall has handrail support for ascending and descending the seating area. However, there are gaps in some portions. Exercise caution. Ask for assistance from fellow group members in getting to your seat if you need it.


    Hamilton 2016 Wait List 2 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • November 16, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 24
    Registration is closed


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online by Wednesday noon, prior to the lecture. (Or sign-up by emailing: AdrienneBorisyGross@gmail.com or phone 608-231-1910 (use: "April. 27 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the Alumni Association and not PLATO and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • December 07, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 24
    Registration is closed


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online by Wednesday noon, prior to the lecture. (Or sign-up by emailing: AdrienneBorisyGross@gmail.com or phone 608-231-1910 (use: "April. 27 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the Alumni Association and not PLATO and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

Past events

August 14, 2018 Born Yesterday @ American Players Theatre
August 13, 2018 Walk: Edna Taylor Conservancy & Aldo Leopold Nature Center
July 25, 2018 Walk: Pleasant Valley Conservancy SNA
July 13, 2018 Sculpture Milwaukee and Bastille Days Festival
July 12, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study Gathering
July 11, 2018 As You Like It @ American Players Theatre
July 09, 2018 Walk: Indian Lake County Park
June 19, 2018 Walk: Pleasant Valley Conservancy SNA
June 14, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study Gathering
June 13, 2018 Hamilton 2016 Wait List Theater Trip 1 @ CIBC Theatre, Chicago
June 10, 2018 Buried Child @ Writers Theatre
June 10, 2018 Halim Time & Glass Museum/Bahá'í Temple Field Trip - Evanston/Wilmette
June 06, 2018 Walk the (new) Lower Yahara River Trail
May 29, 2018 2018 PLATO Annual Meeting & Buffet Lunch
May 23, 2018 Importance of Early Childhood Learning and Its Influence on Success Throughout Life
May 20, 2018 Always...Patsy Cline @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
May 10, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study Gathering
May 10, 2018 Volunteer Cafe - May 10, 2018
May 09, 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar @ Lyric Opera of Chicago
May 09, 2018 PLATO is the Most Powerful Organization in Dane County
May 08, 2018 Lecture: History and Future of Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area
May 07, 2018 A Walk around Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area
May 03, 2018 Walking the Parks and Trails of Dane County
April 27, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “American Foreign Policy in an Age of Nationalist Sentiment”
April 27, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 18, 2018 Doubt: A Parable @ Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Cabot Theatre
April 17, 2018 Lecture: "Well-being and Resilience in Aging"
April 13, 2018 Art in Bloom 2018 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
April 08, 2018 Pullman Historic District Tour - Chicago
April 08, 2018 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner @ Court Theater, University of Chicago
March 23, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Science and Fake News”
March 23, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
March 14, 2018 One House Over @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
March 07, 2018 Clearing Misconceptions About ISLAM & Current Community Challenges
February 21, 2018 PLATO Spring Open House
February 18, 2018 Black Pearl Sings @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
February 16, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 14, 2018 Victorian's Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear
February 08, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study @ Smitty's Study Pub
January 30, 2018 Volunteer Cafe - January 2018
January 18, 2018 Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France @ Milwaukee Art Museum
January 17, 2018 Hurricanes, Wildfires & Climate Change . . . ?Cause & Effect???
January 14, 2018 Murder for Two @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
January 11, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study @ Smitty's Study Pub
January 07, 2018 Chicago Museums a la Carte 2018 Field Trip
January 07, 2018 Hard Times @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)
December 10, 2017 Moving Past Hate
December 06, 2017 Holmes and Watson @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
November 17, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 15, 2017 “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War”
October 27, 2017 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
October 25, 2017 The Who and The What @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 18, 2017 PLATO's 30th Anniversary
October 13, 2017 PLATO Breakfast Get-Togethers
October 11, 2017 Platteville Mine and Museum with Potosi Brewery Field Trip - Wisconsin Origins
October 05, 2017 Volunteer Cafe
October 04, 2017 Guys and Dolls (Musical) @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
September 29, 2017 A Fall Walk in Donald Park
September 20, 2017 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 17, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip, Chicago
September 17, 2017 Five Guys Named Moe (Musical) @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
September 15, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 15, 2017 Our Amish Neighbors Farm and Community Tour
September 13, 2017 BOOST YOUR BRAIN HEALTH: Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia
September 13, 2017 Bascom Hill History Tour
August 30, 2017 A Walk Along Koshkonong Creek in CamRock County Park
August 27, 2017 Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip, Chicago
August 27, 2017 Moby Dick @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)
August 16, 2017 Three Sisters @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
August 14, 2017 A Morning Walk at Cherokee Marsh
August 03, 2017 Trempealeau Wisconsin Archaeology Field Trip - 13,000 Years of Cultural History on the Upper Mississippi River.
July 24, 2017 An Evening Walk at Pope Farm Conservancy
July 18, 2017 Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
July 12, 2017 Walk Lake Shore Preserve
July 11, 2017 A Flea in Her Ear @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
June 30, 2017 A Walk in Donald Park
June 23, 2017 Morning on the Terrace
June 18, 2017 Parade (Musical) @ Writers Theatre
June 18, 2017 Chicago Botanic Garden Field Trip
June 14, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Model B1 Homes / Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Field Trip (Milwaukee)
June 12, 2017 A Walk in Lodi Marsh State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2017 Walk Pheasant Branch Conservancy
May 24, 2017 Horicon Marsh Trip - A Birdwatchers Delight
May 17, 2017 2017 PLATO Annual Meeting
May 17, 2017 Walk Lake Farm Park - Prior to Annual Meeting
May 10, 2017 Jane Eyre @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
May 05, 2017 Walk Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve
April 21, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 12, 2017 WISCONSIN'S ADOPTED SONS: CONSERVATIONISTS JOHN MUIR & ALDO LEOPOLD
March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
March 24, 2017 Art in Bloom 2017 @ the Milwaukee Art Museum
March 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: International Implications of Brexit in the EU and around the World
March 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
March 08, 2017 Grounded @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
February 24, 2017 PLATO Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant
February 15, 2017 PLATO Spring Course Preview
February 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: "Is Civic Culture Dead? A Comparative Analysis of the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil"
February 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 08, 2017 Disgraced @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
February 03, 2017 The use of Immunotherapy & Stem Cell Transplant Therapies to Treat Cancer
February 01, 2017 The Agora, Vol. 5, Is Now Accepting Submissions.
January 29, 2017 Blues for an Alabama Sky @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
January 24, 2017 Art Lives Here: Treasures of the Milwaukee Art Museum
January 23, 2017 Long Term Care: Planning for My Future Needs
January 18, 2017 Going for Wisconsin Gold; Stories of Our State Olympians
December 11, 2016 I Love a Piano: A Celebration of Irving Berlin @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
December 07, 2016 Hamilton: An American Musical @ Private Bank Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
November 17, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: Holiday Tour
November 16, 2016 WRAP UP of DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S PLATO BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
November 11, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Shakespeare around the World: Caliban’s Land Ethic in The Tempest”
November 11, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 09, 2016 Tour and Lunch at the New MatC Culinary Arts Facility
November 05, 2016 Lunch Prior to Encore Viewing of "An Evening with Evicted Author Matthew Desmond"
November 05, 2016 Added Events to Enrich Your Big Read Experience
November 03, 2016 Health and Resource Fair
November 02, 2016 WARF: The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation: Investing in Research, Making a Difference for 90 Years+
November 02, 2016 The Royale @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 30, 2016 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
October 20, 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Museum Field Trip
October 14, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
October 12, 2016 Man of La Mancha @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
October 07, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Ideological Hot Spots in a Polarized America”
October 07, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
October 04, 2016 Fitting the Pieces Together with Medicare
October 03, 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)
September 29, 2016 Organic Valley and Kickapoo Valley Reserve Field Trip
September 21, 2016 THE PLATO DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
September 21, 2016 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 20, 2016 Olbrich Gardens Daytime Stroll
September 16, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Fighting Zika and Other Emerging Viruses”
September 16, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 14, 2016 Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens/Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens Field Trip
September 09, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 26, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - August 26
August 14, 2016 War Paint (A World Premier Musical) @ Goodman Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
August 12, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 05, 2016 Tall Ships Festival 2016 Green Bay - Field Trip
July 29, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - July 29
July 20, 2016 Walk the Gardens at EPIC Systems with Jeff Epping
July 12, 2016 American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood Milwaukee Art Museum
July 09, 2016 Walk Indian Lake County Park
July 08, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 08, 2016 A Walk Along Table Bluff in Cross Plains
June 28, 2016 A Walk in Cherokee Marsh
June 28, 2016 Chicago Summer a la Carte: Summer Fun in Downtown Chicago
June 24, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Trolley Tour 2016 - June 24
June 17, 2016 A Walk Through the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2016 Wollersheim Winery and International Crane Foundation (ICF) Field Trip Tours
May 25, 2016 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
May 20, 2016 University Senior Guest Auditor Workshop
May 18, 2016 Annual PLATO Meeting and Luncheon
May 12, 2016 A Walk Along the Madison Segment of the Ice Age Trail
May 11, 2016 Fences @ Milwaukee Rep Powerhouse Theater
May 10, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part II)
May 03, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part I of II)
April 29, 2016 Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School @ Milwaukee Art Museum
April 26, 2016 Owning Your Future: Resources to Assist as we Age
April 22, 2016 Global Hot Spots: Biodiversity Conservation in Developing Countries
April 22, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 07, 2016 Spring Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
April 07, 2016 American Song @ Milwaukee Rep
March 30, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: A Day of Your Own in Downtown Chicago
March 18, 2016 Global Hot Spots: An Update from Paris: Climate Change Summit
March 18, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
March 18, 2016 Art in Bloom 2016 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
March 11, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
March 09, 2016 The Invisible Hand @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
February 28, 2016 The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith @ Stackner Cabaret
February 19, 2016 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy and the Changing Middle East
February 19, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
February 10, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
January 20, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Nitraites in Wisconsin's Groundwater
January 13, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: DNA & Waistlines
January 06, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Walking and Strokes
December 09, 2015 The Mousetrap @ Milwaukee Rep
December 03, 2015 UW Showcase Series
November 20, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Market Reforms and Water Wars”
November 17, 2015 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
November 04, 2015 The Lion @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
October 27, 2015 On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota Book Talk
October 14, 2015 Dreamgirls @ Milwaukee Rep
October 08, 2015 Historic Galena Tour Field Trip
September 18, 2015 Papa Francesco’s Invitation to All people to Dialogue
September 16, 2015 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 15, 2015 Back-to-School Primer @ Madison Public Library
August 14, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 29, 2015 Green Bay Botanical Garden Field Trip (with Lambeau Field Tour Option)
July 09, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
June 24, 2015 Milwaukee Masterworks Bus Trip 2
June 24, 2015 Drive-to PLATO Lecture & Visit at the Milwaukee Art Museum: Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels Exhibition
May 19, 2015 Ten Chimneys Tour @ Genesee Depot
May 13, 2015 Peter and the Starcatcher @ Milwaukee Rep
May 07, 2015 Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg
May 03, 2015 End of Life Preparedness (Parts I & II)
April 23, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 16, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
March 06, 2015 Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
February 05, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
February 03, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
November 20, 2014 Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museums
October 04, 2014 Epic Systems Campus 2
 

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