List of Upcoming Events (printable; opens as pdf)
updated 1/2/2019

Upcoming events

    • August 20, 2019
    • September 20, 2019

    Fall Course Enrollment Opens on Tuesday August 20, 2019

    Many courses continue each semester with new ideas and discussions. Some new courses are added to the Fall list.

    Be sure to enroll in courses that have participant limits soon. Check to see if you need to enroll before the course begins or just show up for the first class.

    Enrollment for courses always begins four weeks before the courses start. Also, the beginning of the course enrollment begins on a Tuesday and is announced in the PLATO weekly email.


    Included in this Fall's line-up are new courses:

    • Science for Seniors
    • The History of WWII
    • Moby Dick
    • Philosophies of the Good Life

    Among the many continuing courses familiar titles are:

    • Managing your Money
    • Short Stories and Essays
    • The Native Peoples for Wisconsin Pt. 2
    • The Play’s the Thing
    PLATO has been offering courses since the organization began in 1987. The organization began as a way for retired people to continue learning and sharing what they know through courses set up by members who volunteered their expertise or interests with other members.

    Now PLATO offers more than 100 courses throughout the year. Each Fall about 50 courses are offered. In Spring there are about 40 courses while the Winter and Summer sessions offer between 5 through 8 courses each.

    Thanks to the many volunteer coordinators who offer these courses.


    Link to: Fall Course Schedule 2019  

    • September 11, 2019
    • 7:15 AM - 6:15 PM
    • Cedarburg and Milwaukee, WI
    • 21
    Register


    Lynden Garden

    Spend a relaxing, fun day with PLATO visiting the unique repurposed farmstead housing the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum.  The museum is located just east of historic downtown Cedarburg, WI.  In September the museum will have a special exhibit on quilts and fiber arts designed around the theme of water.  Then have lunch on your own among the many shops and small restaurants of Cedarburg, or bring a picnic lunch to picnic along Cedar Creek.  After lunch we will visit the nearby Lynden Sculpture Garden. Lynden offers a wonderful experience of art in nature with more than 50 monumental sculptures spread across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland.  The sculpture collection includes pieces by Alexander Archipenko, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Clement Meadmore, Marta Pan, Tony Smith, Mark di Suvero and many others.  There will also be a special Bonsai exhibit at Lynden that we can see that day indoors at the house. 

    At the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum

    Interior of the Wisc. Quilt Museum

    We will take a docent led 1 hour tour of the collection and special exhibit called Water with a very limited amount of time afterwards to visit the shop or look around on your own. Water will bring together an exceptional group of diverse artists whose work is inspired by the expressive possibilities of water.  Water covers seventy percent of the earth’s surface—it is ever changing and ever present—a powerful and valuable resource that contours our landscapes, permeates our lives, and spurs our imaginations. The works in this exhibition will range in focus, from addressing issues of conservation and climate change to embracing water’s evocative qualities and formal beauty.  The museum is accessible and ADA compliant.  Contact info@wiquiltmuseum.com or call 262-546-0300 for more info.  The website is: https://wiquiltmuseum.com/

    Quilt of water falling

    Above: One of the Water exhibit quilts

    Lunch at Cedarburg On Your Own

    There are many shops and small restaurants in downtown quaint Cedarburg along Washington Ave where you will have approximately 1.5 hours to dine and/or explore on your own.  A partial list of possible restaurants and shops will be provided on the bus. Along this road are also several historic buildings, Amy’s Candy Shop, an old General Store and Historic Woolen Mill. You could also pack your own lunch and picnic along Cedar Creek, weather permitting.  For more information on Cedarburg see: http://www.ci.cedarburg.wi.us/visitors.  For information on the historic Cedar Creek settlement see:  http://www.cedarcreeksettlement.com.  At Cedar Creek Settlement the Anvil Pub & Grille is wheelchair accessible, other restaurants may require climbing a set of stairs.  The Settlement itself is built on the grounds of an old mill with walks of stone and brick which can be uneven. However, nearby restaurants and streets are more accessible.

    From its charming shops and boutiques to its meticulously maintained historic buildings, Cedarburg is a city you’ll never tire of exploring.  Irish and German settlers founded the community in the early 1840s, after falling in love with the picturesque countryside along Cedar Creek. Thanks to careful preservation of the city’s original structures, the downtown looks much as it did a century ago.  Cedarburg has two separate districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with more than 200 buildings of historical significance.  These structures in the heart of the city remain in use as shops, homes, museums, and public buildings, providing a focal point for the community’s daily life. 

    Cedarburg Mill and downtown

    Above: Cedarburg

    At the Lynden Sculpture Garden

    Lake at Lynden Sculpture Garden

    At the Lynden Sculpture Garden:  We will take a 1.5 hour docent-led tour of the Garden, which will take place rain or shine so bring appropriate walking attire and footwear, possibly an umbrella.  (We will not walk in the event of a major storm or lightning.)  The sculptures are on grassy lawns without paths and many of the surfaces are uneven. The house and restrooms are wheelchair accessible and there is a small rotating art collection in the house, as well as the Bonsai exhibit.  If the walking tour seems too strenuous, many of the sculptures can be viewed from the patio of the home, which offers a rotating small collection of art.  The Lynden Sculpture Garden tour is 1.5 hours of walking on uneven grass and turf--please wear comfortable walking shoes. 

    Lynden Sculpture Garden is the former home of Harry and Peg Bradley and opened to the public in May 2010.  The Lynden house and grounds were purchased by the Bradleys in 1927.  They retained the Chicago landscape architects William Langford and Theodore Moreau to transform the flat farmland, with its small farmhouse and barn, into an English country garden.  The lake and rustic bridge spanning the water were designed to match Harry Bradley’s memories of the municipal grounds in Kansas City where he swam as a boy. In 1962, Peg Bradley—already an experienced art collector—began collecting the contemporary monumental sculptures that secured Lynden’s international reputation. She collected actively until her death in 1978, often inviting artists to Lynden to site their works.  For other questions, please contact:  info@lyndensculpturegarden.org or 414-446-8794.  The website is:  https://www.lyndensculpturegarden.org/


    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.

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM     Begin boarding the bus at Oakwood West

    7:30 AM     Bus departs Oakwood West

    7:50 AM     Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:15 AM     Bus arrives at East Towne Sears

    8:20 AM     Depart for Cedarburg (or sooner if every is aboard)

    Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum                              

    9:45 AM     Arrive at Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum

    10:00 AM   Begin docent led 1 hour tour of the Museum

    11:15 AM   Depart the Museum for lunch in Cedarburg

    Lunch on your own in Cedarburg

    11:20 AM   Bus arrives in downtown Cedarburg for lunch and browsing on your own; If anyone wants, we can drop you at Cedar Creek Park where there are benches along the very pretty riverfront for picnicking on a nice day. You would then need to walk 3 blocks farther down the road to the Cedarburg Community Center to meet the bus after lunch.  People going to lunch at a restaurant will continue on the bus for 3 more blocks where the bus will park for lunch in front of the Cedarburg Community Center.  A list of local restaurants will be provided on the bus.

    12:55 PM Be back at the bus outside the Cedarburg Community Center, address: W63N643 Washington Ave. Cedarburg

    1:00 PM   Bus departs Cedarburg for the Lynden Sculpture Garden

    Lynden Sculpture Garden

    1:20 PM  Bus arrives at the Lynden Sculpture Garden

    1:30 PM  90 Minute docent-led tour of the Garden begins

    3:00 PM  Tour the Bonsai Exhibit or Garden or House on your own for 60 minutes

    4:00 PM Bus leaves for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    5:30 PM      Bus arrives at East Towne Sears

    5:55 PM      Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    6:15 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.  If this is a hardship for you, you must bring a guest who can help you both with the bus and during the Lynden Sculpture Garden Tour around a 40 acre park with no footpaths.  The Lynden Sculpture Garden tour is 1.5 hours of walking on uneven grass and turf--please wear comfortable walking shoes.  You may also want to bring an umbrella and raincoat.  

    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 if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $10.00 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership: PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.

    Mail-In Registration Form:  Wisconsin Quilt Museum and Lynden Sculpture Garden Registration.pdf.

    Registration closes: August 28, 2019.

    For further information contact the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum and Lynden Sculpture Garden Tour Leaders:

    Sue Dentinger flumpo@gmail.com and 608-469-8766, or 

    Irene Zimmerman, irene.e.zimmerman@gmail.com  and 608-658-4685

    • September 15, 2019
    • Milwaukee
    • 0

    2 Pianos 4 Hands

    Sunday, September 15, 2019

    Milwaukee Rep - Stackner Cabaret

    A Comedic Classical Music Duel

    Registration is closed, contact organizer to be placed on wait list: nancymcclements@gmail.com or 608-358-4478 

    For anyone who ever dreamed big—and then didn’t quite make it – comes the riotous story of two childhood friends who spent years chasing the same goal: concert pianist stardom. Two actors, two pianos, and dozens of characters grace the stage in this hilarious portrayal of pushy parents, eccentric teachers, and the triumphs and tortures of being extraordinarily good musicians. Featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis and more, this wildly popular show not only hits all the right notes, it tickles the ivories and your funny bone too.

    Running time: 2 hours with one intermission. Learn more by visiting the 2 Pianos 4 Hands website.

    Our play will be 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.

    Location.  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.

    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--Shopping--Sightseeing. You will have free time from when we arrive in Milwaukee until the play starts, approximately 2.5 hours. Lunch is on your own.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. Suggestions include:

    Trip Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like any 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. Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    Leave Madison

    9:00 AM Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding

    9:20 AM Bus leaves Oakwood University Woods

    9:40 AM Bus leaves Capitol Lakes

    10:00 AM Bus leaves East Towne Sears for Milwaukee (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    11:30 AM     Bus arrives at Milwaukee Public Market 

    11:40 AM    Bus arrives at Milwaukee Rep E. Wells St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    1:15 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Milwaukee Rep

    1:25 PM  Bus arrives at Milwaukee Rep E. Wells St. entrance

    2:00 PM  2 Hands 4 Pianos performance begins

    4:00 PM      2 Hands 4 Pianos performance ends

    4:00 PM     Begin boarding bus at E. Wells Street entrance. 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)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:10 PM      Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:30 PM      Return to Oakwood University Woods

    The 2 Pianos 4 Hands Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form includes payment and mailing instructions.

    For further information, contact 2 Pianos 4 Hands theater trip organizers, Nancy McClements, nancymcclements@gmail.com or 608-358-4478 or Sue  Josheff, sooziej@sbcglobal.net or 608-770-3828.                

    • September 16, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Old Sauk Pass Rd., Cross Plains
    • 0
    Join waitlist

     

    Free to PLATO members and guests.

    Registration is recommended.


    Wilkie Gorge of Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve




    Description of the Reserve:

    The area represents a world-renowned example of the interface of glaciated and unglaciated terrain.  The relationship between Johnstown Moraine and glaciated landscapes on one side of the Moraine and unglaciated bedrock landscapes on the other side is strikingly exhibited.  Oak savanna, oak forests, wetlands and prairies cover the area.           

    The Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains is a compilation of federal, state and county land near the village of Cross Plains, Wisconsin. Currently there is about 750 acres of public land available for recreation. The entire proposed project boundary encompasses about 1,500 acres. The complex is open year-round from sunrise to sunset daily. 

    Walk length and difficulty:

    • We will hike several areas of the reserve including wooded ridge top and open prairie in restoration. 
    • We will aim at about 2.5 miles but the exact routes will be determined by participants as we go. 
    • The unmarked trails are of easy/moderate to moderate difficulty but totally unsuited for the use of walkers.  A walking stick might be helpful in some areas.   
    • For the hearty who are shod in hiking boots there is the option of a steep climb down and up the gorge.

    Points of interest:

    • The main attraction is to discover a “world-renowned example of the interface of glaciated and unglaciated terrain.”
    • The Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains is a compilation of federal, state and county land near the village of Cross Plains, Wisconsin. Currently there is about 750 acres of public land available for recreation. The entire proposed project boundary encompasses about 1,500 acres. The complex is open year-round from sunrise to sunset daily. The properties are closed to visitors after dark.

    What to bring:

    Remember to dress according to the weather & walking limitations.   Bring water.  We will introduce the site and walk a few trails under most mild weather conditions.  A walking stick might be useful.  We will have two leaders, so we will walk in two separate groups, ensuring that we have a good experience.

    Directions

    • Go west on University Avenue towards Middleton. 
    • Continue on Hwy. 14 approximately 4.5 miles past the underpass with the Beltline Highway to a left turn on Cleveland Road.   
    • Stay on it .9 mile to where it deadends. 
    • Turn right onto Old Sauk Pass Rd. and continue .7 mile.
    • Park along the road near a metal gate across from the first farmhouse on the left side of the road. 
    •  Please don’t block the driveway of the old stone farmhouse on the left. 
    • Note: There are no public restrooms or drinking water facilities so be prepared.

    • September 18, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street

    The Fall Open House takes place on Wednesday September 18 at the Madison Senior Center. Come anytime between 1:30 and 3:00 pm to find out what PLATO is all about.

    PLATO has two Open Houses – one in Spring and one in Fall. Since PLATO offers many types of activities this is the place to meet with coordinators and representatives of the various PLATO committees.

    At the Fall Open House, meet the coordinators from the 50 or so courses that are offered every Fall.  Members, new members and interested Individuals can speak with coordinators about their course, receive any handouts, etc.  and get excited about the courses beginning the next week. 

    Special Events committee members are on hand to answer questions about current and upcoming trips, Breakfast Get-Together's, walking tours of local, county and state parks in the Dane County area, and Lectures. 

    Other committees with representatives are Diversity, membership, scholarship fund, as well as a representative of the membership published Agora magazine.

    As you enter the Senior Center stop at the Curriculum table to pick up a course schedule. Then move about the room talking with committee and coordinators members - all are volunteers, putting Participatory Learning and Training Organization (PLATO) into action.

    New members are invited to stop at the Membership and the Board table to find out more about PLATO activities and the many benefits in becoming a member.

    Refreshments are hosted by the Special Events Committee and seating is available throughout the afternoon.

    Volunteers keep all our activities going strong.  Please consider becoming involved.

    The PLATO Open House is the place to find out what is happening in PLATO, ask any questions, and find out how all can get involved. We hope to see all of you there.

    • September 20, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center

     


    This Concert is FREE to PLATO members and their guests.


    Free enclosed parking.  


    Registration is not required.
        




      


    Bill Miller


    Award Winning Artist

    Bill Miller is an award-winning Native Mohican recording artist, performer, singer/songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class flute player. Miller has produced over a dozen albums, received three GRAMMY® Awards, numerous Native American Music Awards & Association (NAMA) Awards (including a “Lifetime Achievement” Award)..


    Wisconsin Roots, National Reputation

    A Mohican Indian from northern Wisconsin, Miller grew up amid the streams and woodlands of the reservation (his tribe is properly called Mahicanuk, which means “People From Where The Waters Are Never Still”). He has long been one of the most admired figures in the Native American arts and activist arenas, and beyond – a voice for the voiceless, a link between two great and clashing civilizations.


    Visual Art Collected by Smithsonian Museum

    Bill Miller pursues an equally active career as a visual artist and musician. Constantly creating fresh works of visual art, his painted masterpieces and drawings have been shown and sold in prestigious galleries around the country, while several of his iconic paintings have been acquired by the Smithsonian Museum and other important collections.



    Performance Style

    In his unique style, Bill will introduce Native Mohican traditions and how they can help us deal with some of the most vexing problems of the day.

    Bill will play some of his award winning Flute and Guitar music and sing to highlight the following Native American traditions.  

    + Twelve Feathers of Healing:

    Bill addresses the storms of life that we all face and presents the essential keys to healing your spirit - reconciling yourself to the past, improving yourself in the present, and looking forward to the future.

    + The Earth as Sacred Ground

    Today we face an extreme responsibility to protect the sacred land on which we flourish.  With this talk, Bill gives his perspective on environmental responsibility - appreciating our blessings and giving back. to ouer roots.



    Ghostdance album song sampler   https://music.apple.com/us/album/ghostdance/712126247
     a sampler of the style and depth of his Native American Traditions

    Opening with a theme reminiscent of “Toyland” (from Free to Be You and Me), Native American artist Bill Miller combines the idiosyncratic vocal styles of Chris Isaak and Lyle Lovett with traditional instruments to suggest a lingering Indian presence. Miller himself provides most of the instrumentation, which complements his soaring vocals well. The title track is acoustic pop reminiscent of Richard Julian, while the instrumental “The Last Stand” mixes a courtship flute with aggressive rhythms. The feedback-accented “Forgive” tells a pair of stories with no final resolution. The opening theme returns at the close on “The Sun Is Gonna’ Rise,” a mournfully hopeful ballad that reminds listeners that the cycle of life never truly ends.

    Location & Parking Instructions:

    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: Mike Di Iorio mdiiorio@tds.net


    • September 23, 2019
    • October 04, 2019

    Fall Courses begin the week of September 23, 2019.

    Most Fall courses begin the week of September 23. There is a large variety of courses being offered. Be sure to check the beginning date of your course.

    Fall PLATO courses cover a wide variety of topics.

    There is a course for everyone: 

    • from discussions to lectures;
    • from films to presentations.

    Subjects vary:

    • from “Managing your Money” to Refighting the Civil War;”
    • from “Novels Old and New” to “Jazz;”
    • from “Continuing Philosophy” to “Contemporary Economic Issues,” and more.

    If you click on the link for Fall Courses 2019, you will see what members are learning this Fall.


    Link to  FALL Courses Schedule 2019  Note: link inactive until Aug. 20th 

    • October 02, 2019
    • Chicago
    • 21
    Register

    Chicago's First Lady

    Now that the dog days of summer are over, join us to view some of Chicago's architectural wonders.  Our bus will drop us off at the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) located at the corner of N. Michigan Avenue/East Wacker Drive.  From there you will have the opportunity to take a river cruise, explore the CAC museum, choose from six different architectural walking tours, or meander along the recently inaugurated Riverwalk.

    If you choose the Member (with option to add guest) selection,  you will have a 90 minute guided cruise along the Chicago river from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm on Chicago's First Lady boat.  A ticket to the Chicago Architecture Center is included in your registration fee.  You will have time for lunch before the boat ride and after the boat ride you will have two hours to explore the Chicago Architecture Center museum and stroll the adjacent Chicago Riverwalk.

    If you choose the Member Bus Only Independent Study (with option to add guest) selection,  you can choose among the following guided tours:  Reliance Building; Chicago Icons, Past and Present; Modernist Masterpieces: Marina City and the IBM Building; Art Deco Skyscrapers: the Loop; and Magnificent Architecture of the Magnificent Mile (you must register and pay for these tours yourself - see more details below). The bus only option does not include the river cruise or admission to the Chicago Architecture Center.


    Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Drive

    Chicago's First Lady Cruises Dock, 112 E.Wacker Drive

    Chicago's First Lady Boat Cruise


    We will be taking a tour aboard Chicago's First Lady, which is the only Chicago River cruise partnered with the non-profit Chicago Architecture Center.  It has been rated by TripAdvisor as the number one river boat tour in Chicago - see First Lady Review.

    Our cruise will be from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM.  This relaxing 90-minute tour features both indoor and outdoor seating, a full-service bar and snack bar, and is consistently named by locals and visitors alike as the best way to see Chicago.  For more than 25 years, the CAC's expertly trained docent volunteers have led the river cruise, sharing fascinating stories behind more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. Hear how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world's largest cities in less than 100 years. In just 90 minutes, you'll get the best overview of Chicago’s architecture and its history.

    Tours depart rain or shine unless the Coast Guard deems it not to be safe to be on the river (a very rare occurrence). In addition to the open air top deck there is a climate controlled salon that can accommodate all passengers. The tour can still be heard when in the salon; however seating is limited.


    Chicago Architecture Center


    Formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Architecture Center is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs and events for all ages.  The Chicago Architecture Center is the city’s new all-in-one architecture experience: a museum with two floors of fascinating exhibits.

    At the Chicago Architecture Center, you can:

    • Learn how Chicago became "the city of architecture" with exhibits about its diverse neighborhoods, housing types, leading architects and up-and-coming projects
    • View the largest 3D model of Chicago, with more than 4,200 buildings and cinematic elements that tell amazing stories of the city
    • Discover the international influence of skyscrapers, through super-sized models of tall buildings from around the globe
    • Explore how design will shape the cities of tomorrow and imagine what urban life will look like in 2050


    Bus Only Independent Study Option

    We are also offering the trip as Bus Only Option.  This option does not include the river cruise or admission to the Chicago Architecture Center. 


    If you choose this option, you can choose from CAC's walking tours.  On October 2,  the following tours are available during our time in Chicago (click on the links in red for more detailed information about each tour):


     

                      Reliance Building                                    Marina City and the IBM Building


    12:15 PM - 1:00 PM -  Reliance Building (Alise Chicago)


    1:00 PM - 2:45 PM -  Chicago Icons: Connecting Past and Present


    1:30 PM - 2:45 PM -  Modernist Masterpieces: Marina City and the IBM Building


    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM -  Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Loop


    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM -  Magnificent Architecture of the Magnificent Mile

     

    Please note: if you choose any of the tours from the above list, you will have to sign up and pay on your own.  Read the description carefully - some of the tours do not leave from the CAC building.  It is best to sign up for these tours before signing up for the PLATO bus trip to ensure your registration.  It is unlikely that there will be space available if you try to sign up for the tour when you arrive at CAC the day of the trip.


    And if you simply want to explore downtown Chicago on your own, you can also choose the bus only option.  The bus will only make one stop – at the Chicago Architectural Center, 111 E. Wacker Drive..


    The fee for PLATO Members for the Bus Only Option is $42 and for Guests it is $52.

    Lunch is on your own

    The newly completed Riverwalk has a number of restaurants for your enjoyment. You can view a map of the riverwalk along with restaurants at Chicago Riverwalk Concession and Area Map.  The First Lady boat dock is at #19 on the map.

      

    Another suggestion for lunch is the Wells St Market, a high-end food court.  It is located at 205 W. Wacker which is a 15 minute walk along the riverwalk from the boat drop-off point and a half-block from the riverwalk itself.

    And if the weather is bad there are many fast-food options available in the Pedway, a network of underground passages, which is accessible directly from the CAC.

    Accessibility

    To access the boat dock from the Chicago Architecture Center, there are some steep stairs. To access the dock by foot without using the stairs, from Wacker Dr., use the ramp located at State Street (two blocks from the CAC)  to descend to the river level and then travel east and pass under the Michigan Avenue Bridge to reach the Chicago's First Lady dock.

    Is the CAFC River Cruise wheelchair accessible?

    No, the boat tour is not ADA accessible. None of our boats are able to accommodate motorized scooters.

    However, we do offer early boarding for our passengers with limited mobility. We can provide standard wheelchairs for passengers who need them and make accommodations for those with other disabilities. Upon arrival at Chicago’s First Lady boat dock, speak to any uniformed employee to request assistance.

    Although it's not required, we recommend that a caregiver accompany a guest with mobility restrictions to facilitate movement during the cruise and to assist in the unlikely case of an emergency.

    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

    7:15 AM     Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding

    7:30 AM     Departs Oakwood

    7:55 AM     Arrives Capitol Lakes for boarding

    8:20 AM     Arrives East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:30 AM     Departs for Chicago (or sooner if everybody is on board)                                   

    Chicago

    11:15 AM     Arrives Chicago Architectural Foundation

    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM    River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

    4:20 PM      Begins boarding for return trip

    4:30 PM      Departs for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    7:45 PM        Arrives at East Towne Sears

    8:05 PM        Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    8:25 PM        Arrives 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 if seats are available. Check with trip organizer. 

    PLATO Membership: PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.


    For further information contact Chicago Architecture Trip Organizers:

    Bob Shaw - robert.e.shaw@gmail.com - 608-255-3486

    Irene Zimmerman - irene.e.zimmerman@gmail.com - 608-658-4685

     
    • October 09, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center

     

    This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests.
        

    Free enclosed parking.  




    Registration is not required.






    Lecture Description


    Review of Past Healthcare Reforms

    We start with the first Federal intervention in 1798 and continue through various designed and inadvertent interventions into the healthcare system. This journey will make stops in the 1940’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1990’s, 2000’s, 2010 and today. 

    What Makes the US population Unique?

    We will define the unique cost drivers within the US population that set us apart from both the Canadian and Western European systems. Then we will apply these concepts to the Affordable Care Act, and the modifications made since it became law. 

    Possible Future Healthcare Plans

    We will review the current Proposals, such as: "Medicare for All", "Buy in to either Medicare or Medicaid" and "the Public Plan Option" and other proposals.

    We will leave plenty of time for discussion.


    David Grunke

    Speaker, Coach & Instructor

    For over 40 years David has made presentations on a diverse portfolio of topics including Health Care Reform. 

    Currently, David is an Associate Facility member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. The topics that David presents to Insurance Companies executives and their agents include Health Insurance & Employee Benefit Concepts, and Ethics. 

    As a noted resource on Health Care Systems/Delivery/Financing, David has presented to the National and WI State Associations of Health Underwriters, and many insurance agencies and companies on Health Care Reform.   

    In addition, David leads classes on Health Care in conjunction with various Chambers of Commerce, most recently, Monroe WI and the Latino Chamber of South-Central WI.

    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: Tim Otis tierneyotis@gmail.com


    • October 16, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Parking lot at
    • 30


    Registration will open September 18

    Free to PLATO members and guests.

    Registration is recommended.






    Teri Venker Bio

    The Walk


    A relatively flat paths and road way with some stretches of slight elevation will lead us to two outstanding Mound groupings.

    There are two large Native Mound groupings that we will visit.

    Optional Tour

    There is an opportunity to be introduced to Governors Island.  If time permits, we will walk onto the Island for some discovery.,


    Driving and Parking Information

    Accessibility:
    • A three mile walk along a graded path makes this walk one of the more accessible we'll offer this year.  However the route we will follow will involve climbing Fredrick's Hill to view the effigy mounds.

    Microphone:

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

    Driving and Parking Information.

    • will be emailed the week of the walk.

    Take highway 113 heading out of town.  Turn left onto Troy Drive and another left onto  Main Drive (Mendota Mental Health Institute Grounds).  Set back on the right will be the Administration building; park in this lot under the shade trees, if possible..

    The trailhead begins at the  parking lot in front of the main Administration building on the grounds of the Mendota Mental Health Institute.

    We'll walk from there, mainly on road but at some points we will be on lawns, which may still be wet with dew at that time of day.


    • November 08, 2019
    • Spring Green, Wisconsin
    • 27
    Register


    A Doll's House, Part 2 @ American Players Theatre
    Touchstone Theatre
    Friday, November
     8 matinee

    Join us Friday, November 8th, for our American Players Theatre (APT) play, A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath.

    Directed by Brenda Devita. Featuring: Sarah Day, Jim DeVita, Colleen Madden, Melisa Pereyra.

    Synopsis:  With a knock at the door, Nora is launched back into a household she helped burn to the ground 15 years before.  But even after all this time, family ties cinch tighter than expected, and she discovers that confronting people she hurt in the past takes courage, a good sense of humor, and a strong sense of self.  A fast-paced and contemporary sequel to A Doll’s House, that also stands perfectly well on its own.

    Seating:  Tickets are located in the center section, Touchstone's exceptional seat area.  

    Special Event for trip registrants:  A movie viewing and discussion of the original story of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen will be presented October 24th, 2:00 pm at Oakwood Village University Woods.


    For more information on the play, see APT's A Doll’s House, Part 2 website.

    Estimated Run Time: 2 hours, with no intermission (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM)

    A Doll’s House, Part 2 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 (though 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 restrooms--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.

    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                                          

    8:40 AM Bus arrives East Towne Sears (boarding across from Culver’s, west of Lamppost 10)                                                                                                                       

    9:00 AM Bus departs East Towne Sears 

    9:20 AM Bus departs Capitol Lakes       

    9:40 AM Bus departs Oakwood Village University Woods for Spring Green (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    In Spring Green                                                                                          

    10:45 AM Bus arrives in downtown Spring Green for lunch (on  your own).  A group lunch location, for those who wish to participate, will be at Freddy Valentine's Public House.

    12:15 PM Bus departs for American Players Theatre.  If using the shuttle, allow time for boarding--the route is short, but the shuttle may be small.                                                          

    1:00 PM A Doll’s House, Part 2 performance begins  

    3:00 PM A Doll’s House, Part 2 performance ends. Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for walking/shuttle and restroom use.

    3:30 PM Bus departs for Madison (or sooner, if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (estimated)                          

    4:20 PM Return to Oakwood Village University Woods

    4:40 PM Return to Capitol Lakes                       

    5:00 PM Return to East Towne Sears

    _______________________________________________________________________

    For further information: Contact A Doll’s House, Part 2 theater trip organizers:

    Jean Kasten jeankasten@yahoo.com 608-358-5448

    ● Tammy Albrecht tbirdalbrecht@gmail.com 608-449-0401

    • November 20, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W Main St., Auditorium, Madison


     

    Free to PLATO members and guests.

    Registration is not required.

    Free parking in ramp in designated Capitol Lakes Visitor spaces.  


     




    Lecture Description

    USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development. USAID's work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.

    As a retired senior US Diplomat, Dr. Cheema will talk about her experiences and insights on the following topics:

    The Role of US AID in World diplomacy 

    Life of a diplomat, some personal vignettes

    How USG diplomacy works and how it has changed over time

    J.K. Cheema, PhD

    Dr. Jatinder Cheema, has lived and served in multiple countries managing and overseeing development programs. For nearly thirty five years, she worked in Central Asia, Armenia, South Asia, Afghanistan, and countries in Africa.

    Born in 1942 in India, she witnessed history in the making as the subcontinent of India was being divided into separate countries, India and Pakistan. As a daughter of a civil service officer, moving and living in different places was an integral part of her growing up.

    In 1975, Cheema moved to the United States for graduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After graduating, she worked with International Organizations as a development consulted and in 1991 joined the United States Agency for International Development as a career Foreign Service Officer. She reached the ranks of a Senior Executive before retiring

    Lecture Location

                        Capital Lakes Auditorium

    333 West Main Street

                         Madison, WI 53703

                         608-283-2000  

    Parking      

    Park in ramp across the street in Capitol Lakes Visitor designated space.  Take a ticket when entering ramp and have it validated at the Front Desk following the lecture.

    Questions    

    Contact Aleta Murray at  a-murray@sbcglobal.net or 608-276-8531.

     

     

     


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July 23, 2019 Trempealeau Wisconsin Archeology Field Trip II-13,000 Years of Cultural History on the Upper Mississippi
July 11, 2019 Chicago Museums a la Carte and Navy Pier Summer 2019 Field Trip
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June 26, 2019 Manet and Modern Beauty Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
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June 13, 2019 Architectural and Landscape Beauty: A tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House & Anderson Japanese Gardens
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May 29, 2019 Walk Through Quarry and Hoyt Parks
May 22, 2019 West Side Story @ Lyric Opera of Chicago
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March 28, 2019 Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Campus Field Trip - Racine
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February 22, 2019 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 20, 2019 PLATO Spring 2019 Open House
February 06, 2019 Junk @ Milwaukee Rep at Quadracci Powerhouse
January 13, 2019 The All Night Strut @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
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November 16, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Human Trafficking and Slavery in Japan”
November 16, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 14, 2018 Hamilton 2016 Wait List Theater Trip 2 @ CIBC Theatre, Chicago
November 13, 2018 Lecture: "Midterm Election Results & Implications."
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November 08, 2018 The Power to Change Lives
October 31, 2018 C A N C E L L E D: Stewart Lake County Park
October 17, 2018 Lecture: "Midterm Elections 2018: Wisconsin and the Nation."
October 14, 2018 Walk: Olin Park, Turville Point Conservation Park
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October 03, 2018 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
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September 20, 2018 PLATO Fall Open House
September 16, 2018 Songs for Nobodies @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
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September 14, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 14, 2018 2018/19 PLATO Breakfast Get-Togethers
September 12, 2018 Volunteer Cafe: Madison-area Urban Ministry
September 08, 2018 Indian Summer Festival and Pow Wow 2018 Field Trip
September 05, 2018 Lecture: “The Science of the Origin of Life”
August 29, 2018 John Singer Sargent & Chicago's Gilded Age Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
August 28, 2018 Walk: Schumacher Farm Park
August 14, 2018 Born Yesterday @ American Players Theatre
August 13, 2018 Walk: Edna Taylor Conservancy & Aldo Leopold Nature Center
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July 13, 2018 Sculpture Milwaukee and Bastille Days Festival
July 12, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study Gathering
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July 09, 2018 Walk: Indian Lake County Park
June 19, 2018 Walk: Pleasant Valley Conservancy SNA
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June 10, 2018 Halim Time & Glass Museum/Bahá'í Temple Field Trip - Evanston/Wilmette
June 08, 2018 PLATO Breakfast Get-Togethers
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
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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
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March 23, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Science and Fake News”
March 23, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
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March 07, 2018 Clearing Misconceptions About ISLAM & Current Community Challenges
February 21, 2018 PLATO Spring Open House
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February 16, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
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January 30, 2018 Volunteer Cafe - January 2018
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November 17, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
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January 24, 2017 Art Lives Here: Treasures of the Milwaukee Art Museum
January 23, 2017 Long Term Care: Planning for My Future Needs
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November 11, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 09, 2016 Tour and Lunch at the New MatC Culinary Arts Facility
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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
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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 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 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 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 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 Drive-to PLATO Lecture & Visit at the Milwaukee Art Museum: Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels Exhibition
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
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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