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Coronavirus Update 

03-24-2020, 8:00am

During the Coronavirus shutdown, PLATO staff are working offsite.  They have digital access to PLATO’s operational records and will continue to send out the Weekly Email Update.  In the meantime, members should not come into the office since no staff will be working there.  The most effective way to reach PLATO is by e-mail at info@platomadison.org or by phone at 608-262-5823.  If you wish to contact PLATO by phone, please leave a message at PLATO’s phone number, and staff will check the phone daily.  If at all possible, do not send communications via postal mail, since no one will be there to open it.

Please check the website and watch for additional e-mails regarding other PLATO events and activities.



All Summer Semester courses have been cancelled.

All in-person sessions of PLATO courses are cancelled for the foreseeable future.  Some coordinators are investigating online and distance learning alternatives for their courses.  If an alternative becomes available, you will be contacted by your coordinator.

Special Events

All Special Events have been cancelled through May 12

Field and Theater Trips


  • Eclipsed @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse
  • Gourmet Luncheon and Tour, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
All registrants will receive a full refund from PLATO. Please be patient with receiving the refund due to the high volume and time required to process them.

Registration Temporarily Suspended

  • Destiny of Desire @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
  • Horicon Birding Boat Tour and Marsh Haven 2020
  • 42nd Street @ Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Stonefield Village Field Trip



  • Olbrich Botanical Gardens: Your Garden, Your Community
  • Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
  • Global Hotspots: “The Past, Present, and Future of Rainstorms and Floods in Wisconsin and around the World"
  • Gourmet Luncheon and Tour, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
  • Global Hotspots: “American Foreign Policy in an Age of Nationalist Sentiment"

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

For more information about PLATO, contact:

Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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