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  • October 26, 2021 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update 

    October 26, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    INVITATION

    The Curriculum Committee seeks new members to share their interests or expertise with other members by offering a course. If you are thinking of becoming a course coordinator, please visit our Propose a Course page to learn more about this process. Or you can contact Therese Stevens at thmstevens@gmail.com for more information. 

    REMINDER

    These COVID-19 Protocols continue to be in place for in-person participants:

    · Wear masks inside of Host Location buildings.

    · Follow social distancing guidelines.

    · Follow any additional guidelines required at Host Locations - visit the Courses Page or check with your course coordinator.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    FALL LECTURES
    There are several new lectures in the works with details to come soon – stay tuned! In the meantime, members are welcome to access
     Past Recordings. 

    Hygge, Health and Happiness, by Claus Andersen, UW–Madison Professor of Scandinavian Studies. With winter's challenges around the corner, now is a good time to revisit last year's "BadgerTalk" on hygge – the Danish word connoting close, cozy comfort – and show how this Scandinavian way of life can benefit us here in Wisconsin. 

    THEATER 
    At-home virtual options:

    The Tragedy of Macbeth  – A little later than now, in the ruins of a theatre, three witches make a prophecy. A warrior and his wife enter the darkness. A war begins. Yaël Farber directs James McArdleand Saoirse Ronan, in an elemental production about a world in transformation, the shadows in all of us, and one couple’s spine-chilling quest for power. Streaming Oct. 27-30.  

    Also, browse a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page where new items are added frequently.

    INVITATION
    Have you attended a talk you enjoyed and think more people should be aware of it? Are you curious about something and think others might be too? Send your ideas for new lecture topics and include the name of a speaker if you have it to mdiiorio1234@gmail.com.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    EDUCATION FUND UPDATE

    ARRIVING SOON in your mailbox – the PLATO Education Fund's updated scholarship flyer and donation forms for the upcoming year. The flyer highlights the current scholarship and community organization recipients that PLATO funds. This is all made possible by the generosity of PLATO members who value lifelong learning and see value in providing much-needed financial supportto students and community organizations who might otherwise be unable to take advantage of educational opportunities due to financial need.


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Visit The Agora Weekly Features webpage for highlights from this past season, created and curated by fellow PLATO members for your enjoyment.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings – to resume next semester, depending upon the course of the pandemic.


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Select from a range of topics and formats 

    for your Fall reading, viewing, or listening, 

    curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.

    DID YOU KNOW? for October 19 – November 1, 2021

    Did You Know...The winner of the 1980 Law and Economics Center Prize was a black man, Thomas Sowell, an economist, academic, and social theorist. His book, Knowledge and Decisions, was heralded as a "landmark work," selected for this prize "because of its cogent contribution to our understanding of the differences between the market process and the process of government."

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage for more about Thomas Sowell 
    and past DID YOU KNOW? features.

    DID YOU KNOW? – spotlighting notable contributions made by non-mainstream individuals you might not have learned or read about. Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to Kathy at ksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE 


  • October 19, 2021 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    October 19, 2021


    CURRICULUM


    PLEASE NOTE that Don Reeder's course, Where is Everybody?, has been canceled. It met on Thursday mornings at Oakwood. 

     

    INVITATION

    PLATO is always looking for more members to share their interests or expertise with other members by offering a course. If you are thinking of becoming a course coordinator, please visit our Propose a Course page to learn more about this process. Or you can contact Therese Stevens at thmstevens@gmail.com for more information. 


    REMINDER

    The following COVID-19 Protocols are still in place for in-person participants:

    · Wear masks inside of Host Location buildings.

    · Follow social distancing guidelines.

    · Follow any additional guidelines required at Host Locations - visit the Courses Page or check with your course coordinator.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    FALL LECTURES
    Join us next week Tuesday, October 26th at 1:30pm for What is Critical Race Theory, and Why is it Controversial? In this timely 90-minute lecture with Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor Emerita at UW-Madison, we will learn about how CRT applies to education and why it has become part of the culture wars in this country. Gloria Ladson-Billings is also the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Please register online – it is required to attend.

    Until then, members are welcome to access Past Recordings of lectures online.

    NEW! At-home virtual streaming options:

    The Tragedy of Macbeth  – A little later than now, in the ruins of a theatre, three witches make a prophecy. A warrior and his wife enter the darkness. A war begins. Yaël Farber directs James McArdle and Saoirse Ronan, in an elemental production about a world in transformation, the shadows in all of us, and one couple’s spine-chilling quest for power.

    Designing Women – A WORLD PREMIERE – The place, Atlanta, the time, before and after the presidential election in November, 2020. The show contains adult language and themes, a confetti cannon, and, much like the television show that preceded it, fiery political debate and humor with many references to recent events. Written by L. Bloodworth Thomason, the same playwright who wrote the popular television series.

    AN AUDIO PLAY for listening at home: 

    Coal Country
    Written by Jessica Blank and Erik JensenCoal Country is an audio play that tells the story of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, the most deadly mining disaster in recent U.S. history. It is a riveting, emotionally stunning work based on first-person accounts by survivors and family members. Blank and Jensen are a writing team who The New Yorker calls "among the foremost practitioners of documentary theater in the U.S." The performance is directed by Blank and features original music by three-time Grammy award-winning country/folk legend Steve Earle

    To accesCoal Country free for one month:

    · Go to audible.com

    · Search for Coal Country

    · Follow the prompts

    · After your 30-day free trial the cost is $7.95 per mont; cancel anytime.

    INVITATION
    Have you attended a talk you enjoyed and think more people should be aware of it? Are you curious about something and think others might be too? Send your ideas for new lecture topics and include the name of a speaker if you have it to mdiiorio1234@gmail.com.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week we offer Foot of Yosemite Falls, a painting by Jim Albright.

    AGORA FEATURE


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings - due to the pandemic, we hope to resume next semester.


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Select from a range of topics and formats 

    for your Fall reading, viewing, or listening, 

    curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.

    DID YOU KNOW? for October 19 – November 1, 2021

    Did You Know...The winner of the 1980 Law and Economics Center Prize was a black man, Thomas Sowell, an economist, academic, and social theorist. His book, Knowledge and Decisions, was heralded as a "landmark work," selected for this prize "because of its cogent contribution to our understanding of the differences between the market process and the process of government."

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage for more about Thomas Sowell
    and past DID YOU KNOW? features.

    DID YOU KNOW? – spotlighting notable contributions made by non-mainstream individuals you might not have learned or read about. Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to Kathy at ksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE


     

  • October 12, 2021 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    October 12, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    We hope that everyone is continuing to enjoy our Fall course offerings. Please note the following COVID-19 Protocols continue to be in place for in-person participants:

    · Wear masks inside of Host Location buildings.

    · Follow social distancing guidelines.

    · Follow any additional guidelines required at Host Locations - see the Courses Page or check with your course coordinator.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    NEW! AN AUDIO PLAY

    For listening at home: 

    Coal Country
    Written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, Coal Country is an audio play that tells the story of the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, the most deadly mining disaster in recent U.S. history. It is a riveting, emotionally stunning work based on first-person accounts by survivors and family members. Blank and Jensen are a writing team who The New Yorker calls "among the foremost practitioners of documentary theater in the U.S." The performance is directed by Blank and features original music by three-time Grammy award-winning country/folk legend Steve Earle. 

    To accesCoal Country free for one month:

    · Go to audible.com

    · Search for Coal Country

    · Follow the prompts

    · After your 30-day free trial the cost is $7.95 per mont; cancel anytime.


    THEATER 

    For virtual streaming at home:

    Can I Live?
    Fehinti Balogun offers an invitation to a vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe, sharing his personal journey into the biggest challenge of our times. Weaving his story with spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and the scientific facts, Balogun charts a course through the fundamental issues, identifying the intimate relationship between the environmental crisis and the global struggle for social justice, and sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement. Available now through October 17th.

    And, browse a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page where new items are frequently added.

    INVITATION

    Have you attended a talk you enjoyed and think more people should be aware of it? Are you curious about something and think others might be too? Send your ideas for new lecture topics and include the name of a speaker if you have it to mdiiorio1234@gmail.com.


    FALL LECTURES

    Join us for “What is Critical Race Theory, and Why is it Controversial?” on Tuesday, October 26th at 1:30pm. Register here for this 90-minute Zoom lecture with Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor Emerita at UW-Madison and former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She will talk with us about how CRT applies to education and why it has become part of the culture wars in this country. Registration is required to attend.

    In the meantime, members are welcome to access Past Recordings.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    PLEASE NOTE

    We have new contact information! 

    PLATO’s new phone number and mailing address:

    Telephone: 608-572-6869

    Mailing Address: 6209 Mineral Point Rd. #203, Madison, WI, 53705-4549

    Our email address remains: info@platomadison.org


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week we are pleased to present Margaret Mary, a poem by George Faunce, that is sure to delight grandparents and grandchildren alike.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings - due to the pandemic, we hope to resume next semester.


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Select from a range of topics and formats 

    for your early Fall reading, viewing, or listening, 

    curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.

    DID YOU KNOW? for October 4-19, 2021

    Did You Know… Maria Tallchief was the first Native American woman to break into ballet. Elizabeth Marie Tallchief was born in 1925 in Oklahoma; her father was a member of the Osage Nation. At age 17, she moved to New York City to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer.

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage for more about Maria Tallchief 
    and past DID YOU KNOW? features.

    DID YOU KNOW? – spotlighting notable contributions made by non-mainstream individuals you might not have learned or read about.  Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to Kathy at: ksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE 


  • October 05, 2021 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PLATO Weekly Update

    October 5, 2021

    CURRICULUM

    We hope that participants and course coordinators are enjoying this Fall's course offerings! Please note the following COVID-19 Protocols continue to be in place for in-person participants:

    · Wear masks inside of Host Location buildings.

    · Follow social distancing guidelines.

    · Follow any additional guidelines required at Host Locations - see the Courses Page or check with your course coordinator.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    FALL LECTURES

    Join us for What is Critical Race Theory, and Why is it Controversial?” on Tuesday, October 26th at 1:30pm. Register here for this 90-minute Zoom lecture with Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor Emerita at UW-Madison and former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She will talk with us about how CRT applies to education and why it has become part of the culture wars in this country. Registration is required to attend.

    In the meantime, members are invited to access Past Recordings.

    THEATER

    NEW! For virtual streaming at home:

    Plays by Latinx Playwrights 
    This 10th annual Crossing Borders (Cruzando Fronteras) Festival of new plays by Latinx playwrights, curated by José Zayas, features Paz Pardo’s "Ciertas Astillas/Certain Shards" and Francisco Mendoza’s "Machine Learning"; juliany f. taveras’ "Syzygy Or, The Ceasing of the Sun"; and Nick Malakhow’s "Optional Boss Battle". Available now though October 10th.

    Can I Live?
    Fehinti Balogun offers an invitation to a vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe, sharing his personal journey into the biggest challenge of our times. Weaving his story with spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and the scientific facts, Balogun charts a course through the fundamental issues, identifying the intimate relationship between the environmental crisis and the global struggle for social justice, and sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement. Available at October 11th - 17th.

    And, browse a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page where new items are frequently added. 

    An invitation from Special Events Committee: Have you attended a talk you enjoyed and think more people should be aware of it? Are you curious about something and think others might also be? Send your ideas for new lecture topics and include the name of a speaker if you have it to mdiiorio1234@gmail.com.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    PLATO UPDATE

    We’re on the move! 

    PLEASE NOTE PLATO’s new phone number and mailing address:

    Telephone: 608-572-6869

    Mailing Address: 6209 Mineral Point Rd. #203, Madison, WI, 53705-4549

    Our email address remains: info@platomadison.org

    PLATO has had a long partnership with the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) where they provided staffing, office space, and other supports. As we’ve updated you during the past year, this partnership is changing.  

    In June we hired our own office coordinator, Stephanie Steigerwaldt. And now, due to space restrictions imposed on DCS by campus building projects, we have moved out of the DCS office at 21 N. Park Street and moved our files and equipment to Oakwood Village West.

    We appreciate the support of Oakwood Village in making space available to us. Despite all the recent challenges, PLATO’s offerings are going strong with Fall courses, lectures and walks underway to engage our members in meaningful, life-long learning opportunities. 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. We begin October with Heatwave, a collage by Grethe Brix-Leer.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings - due to the pandemic, we hope to resume next semester.


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Select from a range of topics and formats 

    for your early Fall reading, viewing, or listening, 

    curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.

    NEW ARTICLE It’s easy to see why they consider books dangerous..." says Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. Click on the Social Justice Webpage button below for more on Pitts’ column written during last week’s national Banned Books Week . 

    DID YOU KNOW? for October 4-19, 2021

    Did You Know… Maria Tallchief was the first Native American woman to break into ballet. Elizabeth Marie Tallchief was born in 1925 in Oklahoma; her father was a member of the Osage Nation. At age 17, she moved to New York City to pursue her dreams of becoming a dancer.

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage for more about
    Maria Tallchief and past DID YOU KNOW? features.

    DID YOU KNOW? – spotlighting notable contributions made by non-mainstream individuals you might not have learned or read about.  Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to Kathy at: ksmichaelis@gmail.com).


  • September 28, 2021 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PLATO Weekly Update

    September 28, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Fall courses have begun! Please keep in mind that all participants for in-person courses must follow these COVID-19 Protocols:

    · Wear masks inside of Host Location buildings.

    · Follow social distancing guidelines.

    · Follow any additional guidelines required at Host Locations - see the Courses Page or check with your course coordinator.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    FALL LECTURES

    NEW! Join us for What is Critical Race Theory, and Why is it Controversial?” on Tuesday, October 26th at 1:30pm. Register here for this 90-minute Zoom lecture with Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor Emerita at UW-Madison and former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She will talk with us about how CRT applies to education and why it has become part of the culture wars in this country. Registration is required to attend.

    Until then, members are invited to access Past Recordings.

    THEATER

    NEW! For your virtual streaming pleasure:

    Ian McKellen on Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others and YOU: Sept. 17 – Oct. 3. With stories and anecdotes from his illustrious career on stage and screen, Ian McKellen performs extracts from his most iconic performances, including Shakespeare's King Lear and Tolkien's Gandalf from Lord of the Rings. Filmed live in London’s West End by the National Theatre and presented by TBD Studios.

     Three Plays by Tracy LettsSept. 29 – Oct. 24. Streaming from Steppenwolf Theatre, Tracy Letts explains, “These plays share at least one thread: a world off-kilter. They feel very much like stories for 2021.” 

    1) Night Safari: The nocturnal habits of the Panamanian Night Monkey, the life cycle of the Paradoxical Frog, and the mating rituals of middle-aged male homo sapiens. This wry monologue poses the question: Are we so distant from the whims of our biology? Enjoy your tour, and please remember – do not feed the animals. 

    2) The Old Country: Two men in a diner drain the last drops of their coffees and think about ordering dessert. In the denouement of their (physical, intellectual, and sexual) lives, they wax nostalgic and try to communicate across a wide divide. 

    3) The Stretch: And they’re off, for the 108th running of the El Dorado Stakes! But this race is long-distance... and maybe not what it first seems…

    And, browse a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page where new items are frequently added. 

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week we are pleased to offer All the Colors Happening Again, a poem by Norman Leer.

    AGORA FEATURE


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings - due to the pandemic, we hope to resume next semester.


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Select from a range of topics and formats 

    for your early Fall reading, viewing, or listening, 

    curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.

    DID YOU KNOW? for September 21 – October 4, 2021

    Did You Know… Special Olympics athlete Chris Nikic crossed the finish line to become the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon. Guinness World Records recognized Nikic's achievement after he finished a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-marathon run at the Ironman Florida competition in Panama City Beach in November 2020.

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage for more about Chris Nikic
    & past DID YOU KNOW? features.

    DID YOU KNOW? – spotlighting notable contributions made by non-mainstream individuals you might not have learned or read about. Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to Kathy at: ksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE

  • September 21, 2021 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    September 21, 2021

    CURRICULUM

    Most Fall courses begin this week! Check the Fall Course Schedule for the specific opening date and time of the course you are taking.

    Remember, all participants for in-person courses must follow these COVID-19 Protocols:

    · Wear masks inside of Host Location buildings.

    · Follow social distancing guidelines.

    · Follow any additional guidelines required at Host Locations - see the Courses Page or check with your course coordinator.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    FALL LECTURES

    Join us for our first Fall lecture -"Ask the Weather Guy" this week Thursday, September 23rd at 1:30 pmRegister here for this this 90-minute Zoom webinar featuring Jonathan Martin, Chair and Professor in the UW-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Registration is required to attend.

    In the meantime, members are invited to access Past Recordings.

    THEATER

    For your at-home virtual streaming pleasure:

    Come from Away - A filmed Broadway musical commemorating the days when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly due to the 9/11 attacks in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    As always, browse a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page where new items are frequently added. 

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week, we present Still Life, a painting by Jim Albright, along with reflections regarding his nuanced approach to creating this piece.

    AGORA FEATURE


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings - we are working on plans to resume in late Fall! Updates will be posted here, so stay tuned...


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Select from a range of topics and formats 

    for your late Summer reading, viewing, or listening, 

    curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.

    DID YOU KNOW? for September 21 – October 4, 2021

    Did You Know… Special Olympics athlete Chris Nikic crossed the finish line to become the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon. Guinness World Records recognized Nikic's achievement after he finished a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-marathon run at the Ironman Florida competition in Panama City Beach in November 2020.

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage for more about Chris Nikic
    & past DID YOU KNOW? features.

    DID YOU KNOW? – spotlighting notable contributions made by non-mainstream individuals you might not have learned or read about. Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to Kathy atksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE

  • September 16, 2021 7:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PLATO Weekly Update

    September 14, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Registration Still Open for Fall Courses - Our Fall Course Schedule includes 40 courses: 23 online, 16 in-person, and one via email. Many are familiar course titles with several new additions – including a course on Saturday!

    Before registering for and attending in-person courses, please review our current COVID-19 protocols listed below. Also, all courses require that participants register with the coordinator so they can be reached via email should there be any updates due to the pandemic. 


    COVID-19 Protocols for Courses:

    · All coordinators and participants are required to wear masks when inside host locations at all times and to observe social distancing guidelines.

    · All coordinators and participants must follow any and all of the host location’s additional COVID-19 Protocols which will be communicated by coordinators.

    Capitol Lakes and Oakwood also have these protocols:

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    FINAL FALL WALK

    NEW! October 19th, 9am - Explore The Mysteries of Aztalan as we walk with Dr. Robert Birmingham, author, educator, archaeologist, and authority on the Mississipian people and culture of Aztalan during their golden age (1000 AD - 1300 AD). We will learn about (and climb on) the mounds and view the fortress walls in Wisconsin’s most important archaeological site. Registration is free and open now. Please note that this parking for this Walk requires a State Vehicle Admissions Sticker which may be purchased when you arrive on site. And be sure to review our current COVID-19 Walk Protocols before registering for and attending this Walk. This will be the last PLATO Walk of 2021.

    FALL LECTURES

    Our fall lecture series will begin
     on Thursday, September 23rd at 1:30 pm with "Ask the Weather Guy.” Register here for this this 90-minute Zoom webinar featuring 
    Jonathan Martin, Chair and Professor in the UW-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Registration is required to attend.

    In the meantime, members are invited to access Past Recordings.

    THEATER

    NEW! For your at-home virtual streaming pleasure:

    Angela's Ashes: The Musical - Based on the captivating memoir by Frank McCourt, the show's website states that "if ever a musical could be said to embody the ‘rollercoaster of emotion’, then Angela’s Ashes is that musical."

    Come from Away - A filmed Broadway musical commemorating the days when 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly due to the 9/11 attacks in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    As always, browse a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page where new items are frequently added. 

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. The week we offer Geese, a poem by Mary DeWolf, reconnecting us to nature and the transitioning of the season.

    AGORA FEATURE


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings - we are working on plans to resume in late fall so stay tuned - updates will be posted here!

    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
    Select from a range of topics and formats 
    for your late summer reading, viewing, or listening, 
    curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.

    DID YOU KNOW? for September 7 – 20, 2021

    Did You Know…Yang See, who worked as the main liaison between the CIA and the Lao Royal Army during the secret Hmong Guerrilla war against North Vietnam, was the person most responsible for the US Government finally accepting the Hmong resettlement in the US.

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage for more about Yang See
    and past DID YOU KNOW? features.

    DID YOU KNOW? – spotlighting notable contributions made by non-mainstream individuals you might not have learned or read about. Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to Kathy at: ksmichaelis@gmail.com)

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE

  • September 08, 2021 8:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    September 7, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Registration Continues for Fall Courses  Check out our Fall Course Schedule which includes 40 courses: 16 in-person, 23 online and one via email. Many are familiar course titles with a few new additions – we even have a course on Saturday!

    For those members interested in attending in-person, please review updated COVID-19 protocols listed below. All courses require that participants register with the coordinator so they can be reached via email should there be any updates due to the pandemic. 


    COVID-19 Protocols for Courses:

    · All coordinators and participants are required to wear masks when inside host locations at all times and to observe social distancing guidelines.

    · All coordinators and participants must follow any and all of the host location’s additional COVID-19 Protocols which will be communicated by coordinators.

    Currently, Capitol Lakes and Oakwood have additional protocols:

    · Capitol Lakes requires all visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to bring a copy of their vaccination card.

    · Oakwood requires all people entering their building to register at the Accushield kiosk. The only entrance open at Oakwood is the main entrance at the Heritage Oaks. You may download an Oakwood campus map on the course description page.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    FALL LECTURES
    Our fall lecture series will begin on Thursday, September 23rd at 1:30 pm with 
    "Ask the Weather Guy.” Register here for this this 90-minute Zoom webinar featuring Jonathan Martin, Chair and Professor in the UW-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Registration is required to attend.

    In the meantime, members can access Past Recordings.

    THEATER
    Browse a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page – and check back as new items are frequently added.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week we present Blue Moon Over Yellow Fields, a collage by Grethe Brix-J. Leer, which shares her deep connection to the nuances of the world, including dusk. 

    AGORA FEATURE


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings will resume this fall with in-person breakfasts. 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
    Select from a range of topics and formats 
    for your late summer reading, viewing, or listening, 
    curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.

    DID YOU KNOW? for September 7 – 20, 2021

    Did You Know…Yang See, who worked as the main liaison between the CIA and the Lao Royal Army during the secret Hmong Guerrilla war against North Vietnam, was the person most responsible for the US Government finally accepting the Hmong resettlement in the US.

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage for more about Yang See
    and past DID YOU KNOW? features.

    DID YOU KNOW? – spotlighting notable contributions made by non-mainstream individuals you might not have learned or read about. Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to Kathy at: ksmichaelis@gmail.com)

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE


  • August 31, 2021 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    August 31, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Registration for Fall Courses  continues! For those members interested in attending in-person, please review updated COVID-19 protocols listed below. All courses require that participants register with the coordinator so they can be reached via email should there be any updates due to the pandemic. 

    Our Fall Course Schedule includes 40 courses total with in-person and virtual offerings to meet the various needs and wishes of PLATO members. 


    COVID-19 Protocols for Courses:

    • All coordinators and participants are required to wear masks when inside host locations at all times and to observe social distancing guidelines.

    • All coordinators and participants must follow any and all of the host location’s additional COVID-19 Protocols which will be communicated by coordinators.

    Currently, Capitol Lakes and Oakwood have additional protocols:

    • Capitol Lakes requires all visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to bring a copy of their vaccination card.

    • Oakwood requires all people entering their building to register at the Accushield kiosk. The only entrance open at Oakwood is the main entrance at the Heritage Oaks.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS
     

    NEW! Our fall lecture series will begin on Thursday, September 23rd at 1:30 pm with "Ask the Weather Guy.” Register here for this this 90-minute Zoom webinar featuring Jonathan Martin, Chair and Professor in the UW-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Registration is required to attend.

    In the meantime, members can access Past Recordings.

    THEATER

    Browse a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page – and check back as new items are frequently added.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week's selection is titled Cosmic Art and Poetry, unique digital fusion of a poem by George Faunce and artwork by Jim Albright.

    AGORA FEATURE


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings will resume this fall with in-person breakfasts. 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Select from a range of topics and formats 
    for your late summer reading, viewing, or listening, 
    curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.

    DID YOU KNOW? for August 24 – September 6, 2021

    Hamdi Ulukaya, born in Ilic, Turkey, is a businessman, activist and philanthropist who founded and owns the company Chobani, the #1 selling strained yogurt in the US. He was born to a dairy farming Kurdish family in 1972 and immigrated to the US in 1994 to study English and take business courses.

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage for more about Hamdi Ulukaya
    and past DID YOU KNOW? features.

    DID YOU KNOW? – spotlighting notable contributions made by non-mainstream individuals you might not have learned or read about. Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to Kathy at: ksmichaelis@gmail.com)

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE


  • August 25, 2021 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    August 24, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Registration for Fall Courses  is now available! For those members interested in attending in-person, please review updated COVID-19 protocols listed below. All courses require that participants register with the coordinator so they can be reached via email should there be any updates due to the dynamic nature of the pandemic. Our Fall Course Schedule includes 40 courses almost evenly split between in-person and online offerings to meet the various needs and wishes of PLATO members. 


    COVID-19 Protocols for Courses:

    • All coordinators and participants are required to wear masks when inside host locations at all times and to observe social distancing guidelines.

    • All coordinators and participants must follow any and all of the host location’s additional COVID-19 Protocols which will be communicated by coordinators.

    Currently, Capitol Lakes and Oakwood have additional protocols:

    • Capitol Lakes requires all visitors to be vaccinated and to bring a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card. Additionally, our first-time fall course participants will need to fill out a registration form and then have temperatures checked before each class session.

    • Oakwood requires all people entering their building to register at the Accushield kioskThe only entrance open at Oakwood is the main entrance at the Heritage Oaks.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS
     

    Walks of Dane County

    Reservations still available – Walk Indian Lake County Park will take place on Wednesday, August 25th at 8:30am – please register here. Indian Lake County Park is a beautiful, well maintained Dane County Park that you'll want to return to seasonally. The park features a small lake, a prairie currently in bloom, deciduous woods-covered hills with accessible paths and a historical chapel partially hidden along a ridge. Please review updated COVID-19 protocols below before registering.

    Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Fall Walks:

    Walk guides and participants must:

    Wear a mask at all times.
    Maintain social distancing, when possible. This is especially important when the group stops to hear and discuss information. We provide the group leader with a directional microphone to enable social distancing.

    THEATER
    Attending a virtual theater performance from your home can be a refreshing way to spend a hot summer day! Browse a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page – and check back as new items are frequently added.

    PLATO's Lecture series will return this fall. In the meantime, members can access Past Recordings.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week we are pleased to share a vibrant watercolor titled Madison Skyline 2021 by Edie Umess-Pondillo.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings will resume this fall with in-person breakfasts. 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Select from a range of topics and formats 
    for your late summer reading, viewing, or listening, 
    curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.

    DID YOU KNOW? for August 24 – September 6, 2021

    Hamdi Ulukaya, born in Ilic, Turkey, is a businessman, activist and philanthropist who founded and owns the company Chobani, the #1 selling strained yogurt in the US. He was born to a dairy farming Kurdish family in 1972 and immigrated to the US in 1994 to study English and take business courses.

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage for more about Hamdi Ulukaya
    and past DID YOU KNOW? features.

    DID YOU KNOW? – spotlighting notable contributions made by non-mainstream individuals you might not have learned or read about. Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to Kathy at: ksmichaelis@gmail.com)

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE 

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