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Whither the State
The Future of the Republican Party

January 19, 2021

Professor Ryan Owens, Director of the Tommy G. Thompson Center for Public Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shared his thoughts about the future of the Republican Party. Professor Owens identified three major conservative philosophies that have defined the contemporary Republican Party and provided a framework for understanding divisions in the party.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/jWR0Qo_P5hw


Let’s Talk Hearing - Advice to Make Your Ears Smile!

January 14, 2021

Hearing loss comes on gradually and can have a big impact on a person’s life. Many people with hearing loss will say they can hear just fine but that they have difficulty understanding speech, particularly in background noise, watching TV or while attending religious services or theater performances, even while using hearing aids. This informative session goes beyond hearing aids. Audiologist Dr. JuliĆ«tte Sterkens, with the Hearing Loss Association of America (www.hearingloss.org), explains how to become an informed consumer to get the hearing care and technology that will work for you. Learn about hearing care best practices, what’s new in hearing technology and how it can help users hear their best. Find further information on Dr. Sterkens' resource page: Hearing Loss Consumer Info. Here is the Better Hearing Institute Paper and Pencil Hearing Test mentioned in this lecture.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/EHjXG4_Mi4Y




Whither the State
Climate Change Politics: A Comparative View of Nations

January 5, 2021

Dennis provides a brief update on the Georgia Senate runoff election and presidential politics followed by the main presentation by Bill Kakenmaster, Doctoral Candidate in Comparative Politics and International Relations at Notre Dame.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/-XR1t5r2QAg


Whither the State
Economic and Monetary Policy Issues Facing the Biden-Harris Administration

December 15, 2020

After a brief update on the Electoral College, Kurt Sippel explains the nature of economic challenges facing the incoming Biden-Harris administration.  Kurt discusses the fundamental dynamics of economic and monetary policies and the options for restoring health to the U.S. economy.  His presentation includes short videos.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/rH6wai3wqkE


Hygge, Health and Happiness

December 3, 2020

Grab a warm beverage, put on your favorite sweater, cuddle up in a big chair by the fireplace,and find out how Hygge (pronounced hoo-guh or hue-guh) can help us through another cold, dark Wisconsin winter.  How can we embrace winter, especially this coming pandemic winter, instead of dreading it? 

We”ll learn about the Danish concept of Hygge from Dr. Claus Elholm Andersen, a Denmark native and professor of Scandinavian Studies at UW-Madison during a PLATO Madison lecture on "Hygge, Health and Happiness" on Thursday, December 3 from 10-11am. 

In this talk, Professor Claus Elholm Andersen will introduce the concept of hygge, explain how it relates to the Scandinavian way of life, and show what Americans can learn from it.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/wOY34pym4Qs



Pathways to a Sustainable, Planet Session 09
Advanced Reactors

November 23, 2020

Advanced Reactors: Why We Need Them to Save the Planet, by Richard Steeves

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/7NGjjXd78LE



Patrick J. Lucey: A Lasting Legacy

Wednesday November 18, 2020

Through exclusive interviews and unprecedented access to archival materials, Prof. Emeritus Dennis L. Dresang shares the story of Patrick Lucey, a pivotal figure in Wisconsin history. The talk covers from Lucey’s small-town rural roots to his wide-ranging influence as Governor of Wisconsin from 1971-1977, to a U.S. ambassador and beyond.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/UQ24-vV0Od8



Whither the State, Session 8
COVID 19 Pandemic

November 17, 2020

Jim Conway, Associate Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison explained the characteristics of viruses generally and COVID-19 in particular and described the origin and spread of the pandemic. He also analyzed the public health crisis that currently challenges us and outlined what needs to be done both now and when effective vaccines are available.

Watch the video now at: https://youtu.be/t63qFrFct1k



Pathways to a Sustainable Planet, Session 8
Climates Change, Can People?

November 16, 2020

Dr. Ankur Desai, Professor of Climate, People, and Environment, U.W. Madison

Watch the video now at: https://youtu.be/-BrshE0pnS8



Whither the State, Session 7
Results and Implications of 2020 Elections

November 7, 2020

The discussion of last week's elections included results of the presidential and U.S. Senate elections, issues raised by polling, implications of the refusal of President Trump to concede defeat, voter turnout, and the runoff elections in Georgia. We also looked ahead to the 2022 U.S. Senate election to anticipate consequences if the Republicans maintain a majority after the Georgia runoffs in January 2021.

Watch the video now at: https://youtu.be/HCSCcZ_UeT8


Whither the State, Session 6
Campaign Challenges in 2020

November 3, 2020

Nada Elmikashfi discussed her campaign experiences and her perspectives on politics in our community and the state of Wisconsin. Nada was born in the Sudan and moved to Madison when she was six years old. She graduated from UW-Madison and became active in state government and politics. She was a candidate for the State Senate and is the Chief of Staff to Representative-Elect Francesca Hong.

Watch the video now at: https://youtu.be/Kri5vTYt0sk



Pathways to a Sustainable Planet, Session 6
Nature’s Best Hope

November 2, 2020

Douglas Tallamy, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology, wants to understand how insects interact with plants and how this determines the diversity of animal communities.

Watch the video now at: https://youtu.be/LEjxGTarisI



We Stand on Their Shoulders: A History of Wisconsin Women and Voting

Thursday October 29, 2020

A new exhibition at the Wisconsin Historical Museum marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. Laurel Miller and Simone Munson present the exhibit that was produced to shine a light on iconic Wisconsin women suffragists and political leaders, and how they helped to gain the long overdue rights and recognition for women in Wisconsin and the nation.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/qzNp0fOajXM



Whither the State, Session 5
Rural Development Initiatives in Wisconsin

October 27, 2020

Kelliann Blazek, Director of the Office of Rural Prosperity, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and Brittany Beyer, Executive Director of Grow North, in Rhinelander, reported on the work of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity. They discussed challenges and opportunities in Wisconsin's rural areas and described responses of local and tribal governments, small businesses, and farmers.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/Oa5BSFoNbho



Pathways to a Sustainable Planet, Session 5
Climate Change Model

October 26, 2020

En-ROADS:  A Useful Model for Predicting Climate Change

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/7Zw7hPmdMBE



Whither the State, Session 4
Mark Pocan: View from Congress

October 20, 2020

Representative Mark Pocan discussed issues before the U.S. House of Representatives, with emphasis on the Covid 19 pandemic. Rep. Pocan is a member of the critical House Committee on Appropriations and he described the testimony of Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health experts before that committee. Also discussed were elections to the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/4OMEFHNJQVc



Pathways to a Sustainable Planet, Session 4
Dane County

October 19, 2020

Dane County’s Plan to Address Climate Change

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/v2H4PDnnq44



Deciding What's True in a Polarized Society

October 15, 2020

In this lecture UW-Madison Professor Michael Wagner will review research on fake news, fact-checking, and selective exposure to like minded media outlets.  He will describe the implications of each of these for democracy.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/nn9qqWn9Ek4



Whither the State, Session 3
Polling Update

October 13, 2020

Professor Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette University Law School Poll, presents the results of his latest poll of likely voters in Wisconsin. He describes how various groups intend to vote for president November 3. Charles compares the results of his polls with ones taken for past elections and describes in detail how his polling is done.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/ZvzG-hmTfykA



Whither the State, Session 2
Voting Procedures and Issues

October 6, 2020

Reid Magney, Public Information Officer of the Wisconsin Election Commission describes the options available for casting a vote in the November 3, 2020 election. Reid explains step-by-step ballots are received and recorded, making certain that there is security and accuracy.

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/wtolAaGLtmA



Pathways to a Sustainable Planet, Session 2
Water

October 5, 2020

Water: Its Power, Promise and Turmoil in North America

Watch the video now at https://youtu.be/aW6ylmN0oG0



How Computing May Change Our World. Prof. Mark D. Hill

September 17, 2020

While computing has already changed how we communicate, work, and play, more big impacts are afoot. UW-Madison Prof. Emeritus Mark Hill will define and discuss impacts of three important examples on the horizon: (a) why artificial intelligence will free humans from more repetitive tasks, (b) how quantum computing will eventually enhance discovery, and (c) how computing and very human issues like fairness will increasingly interact. This talk assumes no background in computer science and is based on visioning work Prof. Hill collaborated on when he led the Computing  Community Consortium (CCC) https://cra.org/ccc/about/

Watch the lecture now at https://youtu.be/YQcW9-P3aYA


To view the slides from the lecture in PDF form, click here. (Note: this is a large file and may take a while to open.)



PLATO COVID-19 Online Town Hall

September 10, 2020

Pandemic update from PLATO members - Hank Weiss, PhD, MPH, MS, an epidemiologist with years of experience in government and academia will cover how we got here as of 9/10/20, current status of the pandemic, and where we are going; along with recommended sources of information about COVID-19. Other speakers include Brittany Grogan, MPH is a public health analyst with Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC). Meg Taylor, B.S.N. in Public Health previously at the State of Wisconsin Public Health Agency, and Prof. Ted Goodfriend, emeritus Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at UW-Madison and retired coordinator of research at the VA.

Watch the lecture now at https://youtu.be/fHpSI4QUxXk


To view the slides from the lecture in PDF form, click here.


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