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.  


    "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


    "Center for Healthy Minds"

    Speakers: 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.


    "Understanding Community Programs: Supporting families across the generations."

    Speakers: 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


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

    Speakers: 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


    • February 21, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street


    The PLATO Spring Open House will take place 1:30 - 3:00PM, Wednesday, Feb 21st.

    * 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.

    • March 07, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

    CLEARING COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ISLAM & CURRENT COMMUNITY CHALLENGES

    A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Masood Akhtar


    This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and their guests. 

    Registration is not required.


    The Program will be a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Masood Akhtar.  The speakers and their topics are:

    First one hour to cover:

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

     Second hour:  Q&A  


    About The Panelists:

    Masood Akhtar:

    Masood Akhtar is an Indian-born proud American Muslim entrepreneur and an Activist.  Living in Madison for over 30 years, he is actively involved in numerous projects.  To address the environment of Islamophobia and fear during the recent Presidential campaign, he spent significant amount of time addressing this issue in cooperation with leaders from the Madison Muslim Community, law enforcement officers, elected officials, local media and the general public.

    Imam Alhagie Jallow

    Imam Alhagie Jallow was born in Mbollet, Gambia in 1987.  After completing his primary studies, he traveled to Diourbel, Senegal where he completed the memorization of the Qur'an.  Upon returning to Gambia, he taught Qur'an while completing his secondary education and received a scholarship to study at the Islamic University of Imam Muhammad bin Saud In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Alhagie graduated with a degree in Shari'ah and learned from some of the foremost Islamic scholars of our age.  Alhagie is the Imam of the Masjid Us-Sunnah in Madison since 2009.  He leads prayers, conducts lectures, organizes Islamic education  classes for children.

    Sarah Schlosser 

    Sarah Schlosser was born in Iowa and raised in Nebraska.  She spent most of her life in the Midwest and raised in a Presbyterian home attending church weekly but drifted away from her religious practice during her young adult life.  Sarah has always been searching for the truth that supported her unwavering belief in God.  Islam came to her from two directions - the ever present media feed about the terror of ISIS and the kind generosity of Muslims in Tanzania and Kazakhstan.  As she "explored these contradictions, she unlocked what had been inside of her and converted to Islam in 2016. 

    John W. Vaudreuil

    John W. Vaudreuil is recently retired United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the district since January 1980 As US Attorney, Vaudreuil led an office committed to the fair and equal enforcement of federal law, including civil rights laws, both in civil and criminal cases.  As the chief federal law enforcement officer, Vaudreuil has also tirelessly worked to build relationships of trust and understanding with communities that might be targets of civil rights crimes.

    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.

    Lecture Questions? Contact Mike Di Iorio at: mdiiorio1234@gmail.com or (608) 257-9164.

     

     

       


    • March 23, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Fluno Center Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715

    Global Hot Spots Series

    Dig in to today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the UW’s top experts!

    Topic:  “Science and Fake News”


    About the Talk

    This talk will highlight the risks of reporting false findings and news related to science. It will also focus on public opinion and climate change.

     

    About the Speaker

    Dominique Brossard, professor and chair, Department of Life Sciences Communication.

    Brossard is an affiliate of the UW’s Robert and Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the UW Center for Global Studies, and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in strategic-communication theory and research, with a focus on science and risk communication. Her research agenda at the UW’s Science, Media and the Public research group, which she codirects, focuses on the intersections among science, media, and policy. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former board member of the International Network of Public Communication of Science and Technology, Brossard is an internationally known expert in public-opinion dynamics related to controversial scientific issues. She has published numerous research articles and has been a panelist for the National Academy of Sciences. She earned her master of science degree from the École Nationale d’Agronomie de Toulouse in France and her master of professional studies and doctoral degrees from Cornell University.


    Registration for the Lecture

    Registration by March 17 is strongly recommended.  Click on Registration


    Registration for the PLATO Luncheon (Noon to 1:15 pm) 

    PLATO has organized a luncheon at the Fluno Center prior to the Global Hotspots Lecture.  To find out more and to register, please click on Luncheon.

    Parking

    Public parking is available in the Fluno Center garage (Lot 83) at 314 N. Frances Street, in Lot 46 at 301 N. Lake Street, or in the Lake Street ramp at 415 N. Lake Street.

    Questions? 

    Contact Jordan Langer at jordan.langer@supportuw.org or 608-308-5430.

    Global Hot Spots digs into today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.


    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization), and the UW-Madison International Division.

    Questions? Contact Kristina Zignego at 608-308-5415.




       

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf
    • April 17, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Capital Lakes Auditorium


    This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and guests.

    Registration is not required.


    Lecture: Midlife Study of Health and Well-being;

    Stacey Schaefer Center for 


    HealthyMinds 

    Speakers:  Lorri Houston & Dr. Stacey Schaefer

    Lorri Houston:  

    Lorri has an MA in Public Policy and an MA in Social Work.  Lorri directs the Center's membership programs with a focus on supporting our donor family and providing opportunities for donor engagement in Center activities.

    Before joining the Center, Lorri worked at Deer Park Monastery, a Thich Nhat Hanh meditation and mindfulness practice center in California. Above all, she enjoys being part of our movement to create a kinder, more compassionate world for all.

    Stacey Schaefer, Pd.D.:

    Stacey leads the Center's contribution to the Midlife in the United States Longitudinal Study of Health and Well-Being (the MIDUS Neuroscience Project), as well as a study examining how our cognitive abilities are related to our emotion regulatory abilities. In addition, she is the principal investigator of a study examining how individual differences in emotion may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Stacey’s research questions can generally be summarized as: How do different emotional response styles shape our health and well-being as we age? What does better emotion regulation ability predict in terms of people’s health and well-being, and similarly what individual differences promote better emotion regulation? For example, what is the interaction/overlap between executive control and self-regulatory processes such as emotion regulation?

    To answer these questions, she studies the morphometry of and functional activity in emotion regulation-related brain circuitry, psychophysiological measures of emotional responses, and these measures' relations with aging, stress, cognition, coping styles, as well as biological and psychological predictors of well-being.


    Background:

    What if our world were a kinder, wiser, more compassionate place? A place where we exercise our minds just like we exercise our bodies? A place where transforming your mind not only improves your own well-being, but cascades to the well-being of others in your community and around the globe?

    We’re making this vision a reality at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Faced with mental and physical health challenges at a global scale, we conduct rigorous scientific research to bring new insights and tools aimed at improving the well-being of people of all backgrounds and ages.

    Our research, rooted in neuroscience, comes down to one basic question: What constitutes a healthy mind?

    To begin to answer this, we’ve investigated the science of emotions, contemplative practices and qualities of mind we suspect affect well-being, including attention, resilience, equanimity, savoring positive emotions, kindness, compassion, gratitude and empathy. The Center, part of one of the world’s top research institutions, benefits from cross-disciplinary collaborations in the arts and humanities, the physical and natural sciences, and the social sciences. We take pride in being a global hub for innovations in affective and contemplative neuroscience in addition to well-being across the lifespan.


    About Center for HealthyMinds:

    The Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations, an affiliated non-profit dedicated to supporting the mission of the Center for Healthy Minds, encompass an interdisciplinary team of scientists, students, research staff and administrative staff. We draw from the scientific expertise, collaboration and philanthropic support from partners around the globe.


    Core Values: Center for HealthyMinds

    Conduct our work with rigor

    We are dedicated to meeting our mission through high quality work, whether it’s research or other initiatives. We uphold these standards through continuous learning, respectfully challenging each other to improve, engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations, and intellectual humility.

    Make an impact on the world

    Impact is the grounding principle for all the research and work we do together. We pay attention to what our work means in the world, prioritize research and projects that have the greatest potential to promote well-being and relieve suffering, and strive to increase the reach of beneficial results of our work.

    Cultivate a prosocial workplace

    How we do our work together matters. We are committed to creating a workplace and community of collaborators that embodies our mission and vision. We practice this commitment by interacting with respect, kindness, compassion and gratitude toward each other and the resources we share.


    • Park in any available Capitol Lakes Visitor space in the ramp across the Main Street.

    Lecture Questions? Contact: Eileen Rabson at 608 310 4148 or eileen.rabson2gmail.com

     

     

       


    • April 27, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Fluno Center Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715

    Global Hot Spots Series

    Dig in to today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the UW’s top experts!

    Topic:  “American Foreign Policy in an Age of Nationalist Sentiment”


    About the Talk

    With the rise of nationalist sentiment around the globe, what is the future of global economic and military institutions? Can American foreign policy lead a response to these pressures or will the U.S. allow these global institutions to flounder?  

    Pevehouse will discuss the future of global economic and military institutions amid the rise of nationalist sentiment, and whether American foreign policy can lead a response to these pressures.

     

    About the Speaker

    Pevehouse has been a professor at the UW since 2000. His research interests lie in the field of international relations and include international political economy, American foreign policy, and international organizations. Pevehouse’s work examines the relationship between domestic and international politics, with recently published work focusing on regional trade agreements, human-rights institutions, exchange-rate politics, and international organizations. He has earned numerous awards, including the UW Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Karl Deutsch Award, an international honor given to a scholar under the age of 40 who has made a significant contribution to the study of international relations. He coauthored the International Relations textbook and is the editor of the International Organization professional journal. Pevehouse earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and his doctorate from Ohio State University.


    Registration for the Lecture

    Registration by April 22 is strongly recommended.  Click on Registration


    Registration for the PLATO Luncheon (Noon to 1:15 pm) 

    PLATO has organized a luncheon at the Fluno Center prior to the Global Hotspots Lecture.  To find out more and to register, please click on Luncheon.

    Parking

    Public parking is available in the Fluno Center garage (Lot 83) at 314 N. Frances Street, in Lot 46 at 301 N. Lake Street, or in the Lake Street ramp at 415 N. Lake Street.

    Questions? 

    Contact Jordan Langer at jordan.langer@supportuw.org or 608-308-5430.

    Global Hot Spots digs into today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.


    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization), and the UW-Madison International Division.

    Questions? Contact Kristina Zignego at 608-308-5415.




       


       

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf
    • May 03, 2018
    • Various Places and Times
    • 20


    PLATO charges a $10 fee for most walks.  We normally use a guide who is a member of the associated friends group.  PLATO then will pass this registration fee onto the friends group as a way of saying thanks.

    Tentative Walk Schedule


    1. Thu, May 3, 10 am -11:30 am: Walk of Patrick Marsh;  Rain date May 10

    2. June 19, morning: Pleasant Valley Conservancy; Rain date June 26









    What to Expect on the Walks

    In general:

    • We are looking at parks and trails within Dane County.
    • The length of the walk will be upwards of 3 + miles, depending on terraine.
    • The walks will take 2 to 3 hours and may include a suggestion for lunch.  
    • The pace is meant to be appropriate for folks of retirement age who normally are not climbing hillsides and valleys as part of their normal exercise routines.
    • The description of the walks will include information that will help you assess the likelihood that you are up to the challenges of the walk.  There will be three factors mentioned:
    1. length of walk
    2. the quality of the path
    3. the elevation changes along the path

    Highlights of the Walk

    Most of the walks we've chosen this year will follow one of two themes:

    • The walk will feature terrain that has been shaped by the recent glaciers.  This may mean that the walk includes some hillside walking
    • The walk includes areas where archeological research indicates the life of PaleoIndians - dating, perhaps, as far back as 10,000 BC.
    • We will attempt to find a leader who is well informed about some aspect of the trail and we will allow time for this story to be told. 

    Driving and Parking Instructions

    • Information about driving and parking will be sent the week of the walk.
    • I will provide a google map that allows you to enter your starting location and provides detailed instructions on how to arrive at the trailhead.
    • We will expect you to arrive at the starting point via your own transportation.
    • We encourage car-pooling and can provide information on who in your area is driving to the walk.  

    What to bring along on the walks.

      Things to bring and wear:

    • sunscreen
    • hat (perhaps an umbrella for the sun)
    • walking shoes
    • bottle of water or sports drink
    • perhaps long sleeve shirt and full length pants 

    About Ticks 

    I thought you might be interested in the following articles on how to reduce the risk of tick problems during our walks.  

    http://wisconsintrailguide.com/hiking/resources/safety-ticks.html

    http://www.thehikinglife.com/2017/03/tips-for-hiking-in-tick-country/ 

     

     


    • May 03, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597
    • 25
    Registration is closed

    Registration Recommended

    Tony Abate, Conservation and Land Manager, will lead the walk around the marsh and discuss concepts affecting the life of marsh and possible marsh futures.  

    There is a $10 registration fee for this walk. PLATO will pass this fee onto the Patick Marsh Conservancy  as a way of saying thank you for their hospitality.

    Raindate: May 10



    About Tony Abate

    Conservation Specialist
    tony@groundswellwisconsin.org

    Tony Abate, Conservation Specialist and Land Manager, will talk about the future vision for Patrick Marsh Conservancy, located on the edge of Sun Prairie, and the current efforts at managing the Conservancy located.

    Tony joined Grounswell in 2016 as our Conservation Specialist/Land Manager. While primarily working on land protection and easement monitoring, Tony will also expand community engagement at our Westport Drumlin and Patrick Marsh Preserves. Expect to see him leading work parties, field trips, and education events.


    About Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area

    Located adjacent to the City of Sun Prairie, the 145-acre Parick Marsh is surrounded by land owned and managed by the Wisconsin DNR, Dane County, and Groundswell.  The conservation and recreation values of Patrick Marsh merited its inclusion in the Wisconsin DNR's Land Legacy Report, a list of the 229 places that are critical to protect "to meet Wisconsin's future conservation and recreation needs in the next 50 years." Patrick Marsh is well-situated to meet some of those needs, being located on the door step of the city of Sun Prairie, which is home to 31,000 people.

    Groundswell is working in partnership with the Patrick Marsh Conservancy, local residents, groups including the Discovery Club at Patrick Marsh Middle School, and local governments to manage and restore wildlife habitat at Patrick Marsh and create trails that connect the protected properties at the Marsh with surrounding neighborhoods, making it an inviting place to visit.  Patrick Marsh is open to the public for hiking, nature study, and other activities.


    Walk Description:


    Driving and Parking Instructions:

    Yahara Heights Park

    Heading north from Madison on HWY 113/Northport Dr., 1/3 mile past HWY M, at the stoplights, turn RIGHT onto River Rd., then IMMEDIATE RIGHT 
    onto Catfish Ct. You will see a trailhead sign on your left. Park in the small off-road parking area near the sign. 

    The address for navigating is Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597.

    Restrooms:

    There is a portable toilet at the far end of Catfish Ct, near the parking for the dog exercise area. There is a Mobil station on HWY M just off HWY 113.

    About our $10 fee:

    PLATO charges a $10 fee for each walk.  We normally use a guide who is a member of the associated friends group.  PLATO then will pass this registration fee onto the friends group as a way of saying thanks.


    • May 09, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Sun Prairie Library, 1350 Linnerud Dr, Sun Prairie, WI 53590


    Registration is not required.

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

    Understanding Community Programs: 

    Supporting Families Across Generations

    Paul Terranova



    About the Speaker:

    Paul Terranova, Education Director of the Lussier Community Education Center.


    About the Topic


    About the Lussier Community Education Center


    • May 10, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Second Harvest Food Bank, 2802 Dairy Drive, Madison

    Volunteer Cafe


    Thursday, May 10, 2018
    from 2 - 3:30 pm 

    Second Harvest Food Bank,
    2802 Dairy Drive, Madison





    The two previous Volunteer Cafes were resounding successes . . .
    SO
    • Do you have questions about general volunteer opportunities?
    • Do you currently volunteer in the community?
    • Would you like to learn about volunteer opportunities at
      Second Harvest Food Bank
      ?
    • Would you like to hear about other PLATO members' volunteer experiences?
    THEN
    Come to the Volunteer Cafe!  Bring a friend!
    Our speakers and guides will be:
    Kris Tazelear, Communications Manager
    and Pam Higham, Volunteer Services Coordinator

    • No need to pre-register.
    • Light refreshments will be available.
    • Questions? Contact Kathy Michaelis (ksmichaelis@gmail.com or 221-0985)
                                   WHEN & WHERE
    Tuesday, May. 10, 2 - 3:30 pm
    Second Harvest Food Bank,
    2802 Dairy Drive, Madison

    We will begin in the Administration building meeting room. Kris Tazelaar, Communications Manager, will speak for 20 minutes about Second Harvest and the agencies they serve.  Next we will walk to the Warehouse (about three buildings away).  where we will be split into two groups for a tour of the operation.  Following the tour we will return to the Admin building for a more general conversation about volunteering.  

    Socialize -- Discuss -- Share -- Learn!

    Volunteer Cafe is organized and sponsored by the PLATO Diversity Committee. 
    • May 23, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Sun Prairie Library, 1350 Linnerud Dr, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

    Registration is not required.

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


    Understanding Community Programs: 

    "Importance of Early Childhood

    Learning Opportunities"

    Marlo Mielke




    About the Speaker:

    Marlo Mielke, Program Director,  One City Early Learning Center

    About the Topic


    About the Lussier Community Education Center


    • June 19, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597
    • 25
    Registration is closed


    Welcome to one of the rarest ecosystems on earth: the oak savanna.





    About the Land:

    Pleasant Valley Conservancy is in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, an area that remained completely unglaciated when the massive continental ice sheets were covering so much of northern United States. It is part of an area called the "Ridge and Valley Province", with a scenic but agriculturally challenging topography. 

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has given the Pleasant Valley Conservancy ecosystem a Global rating of G1, signifying that it is critically imperiled globally because of extreme rarity.

    Although there are other oak savannas in southern Wisconsin, most are highly degraded. Our oak savanna is unique because it has been restored to its original condition and is managed at a high level.

    Walk Description:

    We will walk the prairies, woods, wetlands, and mounds of Yahara Heights section of Cherokee Marsh.  We will:

    • Tour 40 acres of restored prairie in full bloom; 
    • Enjoy great views of the Yahara River and Cherokee Marsh wetlands from high ground;
    • See effigy mounds of a panther/water spirit and bear;
    • If we are lucky, we will see nesting Bald Eagles, Bluebirds and Red-Headed Woodpeckers.
    This park is a tribute to the efforts of volunteers, who  planted and maintain the prairie and also maintain the wooded areas and effigy mounds.

    About our Guides:

    We will be lead by Jan Axelson, President of Friends of Cherokee Marsh.  Paul Noeldner, a birder with experience with local and State parklands, will provide an emphasis that we don't often have on this years walks.  Paul Noeldner said that he ... " will focus on nesting birds including Bald Eagles, Bluebirds and Red-headed Woodpeckers as metrics of preservation and restoration success, and can talk about other aspects of the Cherokee Marsh and the Friends group."  

    Driving Directions and Parking:

    Yahara Heights Park

    Heading north from Madison on HWY 113/Northport Dr., 1/3 mile past HWY M, at the stoplights, turn RIGHT onto River Rd., then IMMEDIATE RIGHT 
    onto Catfish Ct. You will see a trailhead sign on your left. Park in the small off-road parking area near the sign. 

    The address for navigating is Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597.

    Restrooms:

    There is a portable toilet at the far end of Catfish Ct, near the parking for the dog exercise area. There is a Mobil station on HWY M just off HWY 113.

    About our $10 fee:

    PLATO charges a $10 fee for each walk.  We normally use a guide who is a member of the associated friends group.  PLATO then will pass this registration fee onto the friends group as a way of saying thanks.


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


    The PLATO Spring Open House will take place 1:30 - 3:00PM, Wednesday, September 19th.

    * 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.

Past events

February 16, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Understanding North-South Korea Relations and the Korean Missile Crisis”
February 14, 2018 Victorian's Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear
January 30, 2018 Volunteer Cafe - January 2018
January 17, 2018 Hurricanes, Wildfires & Climate Change . . . ?Cause & Effect???
December 10, 2017 Moving Past Hate
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 18, 2017 PLATO's 30th Anniversary
October 10, 2017 Fall Walk in Lakeshore Nature Preserve
October 05, 2017 Volunteer Cafe
September 29, 2017 A Fall Walk in Donald Park
September 20, 2017 PLATO Fall Course Preview
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 29, 2017 PLATO Night in Sun Prairie
August 14, 2017 A Morning Walk at Cherokee Marsh
July 24, 2017 An Evening Walk at Pope Farm Conservancy
July 12, 2017 Walk Lake Shore Preserve
June 30, 2017 A Walk in Donald Park
June 12, 2017 A Walk in Lodi Marsh State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2017 Walk Pheasant Branch Conservancy
May 17, 2017 Walk Lake Farm Park - Prior to Annual Meeting
May 05, 2017 Walk Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve
April 12, 2017 WISCONSIN'S ADOPTED SONS: CONSERVATIONISTS JOHN MUIR & ALDO LEOPOLD
March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
March 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: International Implications of Brexit in the EU and around the World
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 03, 2017 The use of Immunotherapy & Stem Cell Transplant Therapies to Treat Cancer
January 23, 2017 Long Term Care: Planning for My Future Needs
January 18, 2017 Going for Wisconsin Gold; Stories of Our State Olympians
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 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+
October 07, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Ideological Hot Spots in a Polarized America”
October 04, 2016 Fitting the Pieces Together with Medicare
October 03, 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)
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”
August 16, 2016 A Walk in Indian Lake County Park
July 20, 2016 Walk the Gardens at EPIC Systems with Jeff Epping
July 08, 2016 A Walk Along Table Bluff in Cross Plains
June 28, 2016 A Walk in Cherokee Marsh
June 17, 2016 A Walk Through the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area
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 10, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part II)
May 03, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part I of II)
April 26, 2016 Owning Your Future: Resources to Assist as we Age
April 22, 2016 Global Hot Spots: Biodiversity Conservation in Developing Countries
April 07, 2016 Spring Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
March 18, 2016 Global Hot Spots: An Update from Paris: Climate Change Summit
March 11, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
February 19, 2016 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy and the Changing Middle East
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 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
October 27, 2015 On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota Book Talk
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
September 10, 2015 Crimes of the 21st Century: Scams Targeting Seniors
August 26, 2015 Afternoon Tour: The Henry Vilas Zoo
August 26, 2015 Morning Tour: The Henry Vilas Zoo
August 25, 2015 Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Exhibition @ Paine Art Center, Oshkosh
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 22, 2015 Jeeves Takes a Bow and Explore Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward
April 16, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 10, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Scary Viruses, Killer Tapeworms, and Nostril Ticks: Unanticipated Adventures in Disease Ecology”
April 01, 2015 Five Presidents @ Milwaukee Rep
February 27, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Update on International Relations”
February 18, 2015 PLATO Spring Course Preview
December 10, 2014 Harvey @ Milwaukee Rep
October 29, 2014 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
October 22, 2014 The Color Purple (The Musical about Love)
 

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