The Diversity Committee has compiled materials related to issues of inequity, diversity and injustice in the greater Madison area to promote a culturally inclusive learning environment in PLATO. We will often feature a related book. We hope to develop additional materials and welcome your suggestions. Contact Committee Co-Chairs Kathy Michaelis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rick Orton (email@example.com) for the Diversity Committee meeting schedule.
Lectures, Events, Social Gatherings & Recommended Reading
UW CONTINUING STUDIES (DCS)
WITH KNOWLEDGE, LOVE, COMPASSION, FEARLESSNESS,
FORGIVENESS, ACTION AND INTERVENTION
HMONG AMERICAN COMMUNITY:
UNDERSTANDING THEIR CULTURE, REFUGE EXPERIENCE AND CHALLENGES
- Meet five Saturdays: October 6, 13, 27, November 3 and 10
- 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
- Combined program of Edgewood College and the Hmong Institute
- Location: Edgewood College, Deming Way Campus
- 1255 Deming Way, Madison
This series is uniquely designed to help you understand the culture, history and challenges of the Hmong American community. Through these workshops, you will have the opportunity to meet Hmong presenters of different experiences, and engage in activities and discussions that will help you sharpen your knowledge and skills to better interact with Hmong individuals.
For more information, contact Mai Zong at firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORY NOT YET HISTORY: THE TALK BACK
HISTORY AND FOOD TOUR
MADISON MONUMENTS AND MEANING
Tuesday, October 30th
Gun Violence in Madison
Cycles of Trauma
The Diversity Committee hopes to make additional recommendations in the future - we welcome your suggestions. (Contact email@example.com).
Braiding Sweetgrass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants
by Kimmerer, Robin Wall . Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2013. Edition: First edition.
Called the work of "a mesmerizing storyteller with deep compassion and memorable prose" (Publishers Weekly) and the book that, "anyone interested in natural history, botany, protecting nature, or Native American culture will love," by Library Journal, Braiding Sweetgrass is poised to be a classic of nature writing. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer asks questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces indigenous teachings that consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise. (Elizabeth Gilbert). Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.
Available at Madison Public Library in print and audio editions