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  • May 28, 2024 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PLATO Weekly Update

     May 28, 2024


    CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSES
    NEXT WEEK!
     Most Summer Courses begin the week of June 3. It's not too late to register as some Summer Courses still have open spots. Find everything you need to know on the Courses Page and contact the Course Coordinator to register.

    Two Summer Courses with guaranteed availability are:

    Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation, Wednesday @ 10am: The lazy days of summer might be an ideal time to learn about mindfulness meditation – before the frenetic election season hits its peak in the fall! Craig Wille’s five-week course is hybrid so you can choose to attend in-person or online. Learn more and contact Craig here.

    – Exploring Generative AI, Wednesday @ 1pm: Whether curious or intimidated by artificial intelligence (or a little bit of both) this four-week course offered by Donaby Henton will edify and possibly even entertain you. Learn more and contact Donaby here.

    CURRICULUM SPOTLIGHT
    Read about what participants of the Writing Workshop were up to at a recent event at the Pinney Library in this brief Curriculum Showcase article. These PLATO members are proof that “Ordinary people truly live extraordinary lives!” 

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    BREAKFAST GATHERING
    SAVE THE DATES! 
    Second "Summertime" Friday Breakfasts – on June 14, July 12 and August 9 we will return to meeting outside at the UW-Memorial Union Terrace at 10am. More details, including parking tips, are coming soonBreakfasts at the Lakeside Street Coffee House will resume on September 13, 2024.

    FIELD TRIP
    NEXT MONTH!
     Join us to tour the new Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) Center for Music on Monday, June 10 from 2:00 – 3:15pm. Located on Madison's near-east side on the site of the old Avenue Bar, this architecturally impressive building has a state-of-the-art rehearsal space for orchestras and ensembles of all sizes, studio teaching spaces for area musicians, administrative offices, and a music library. This tour is free for PLATO members and guests. Registration is requiredLearn more and register here.

    THEATER TRIP
    SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, August 29, 2024. We will be travel via coach for an American Player's Theater production of The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool.Watch Tracy Michelle Arnold, Jim DeVita, Josh Krause and Nancy Rodriguez in a wild, theatrical ride through the final hours of a waning queen. Full details and registration information coming soon!

    LECTURES
    Expand your knowledge base with recorded PLATO Lectures on important issues facing our communities and planet.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    Election Results for PLATO 2024 - 2025 Board 

    The annual election is now completed. Congratulations to President J. K. Cheema, Vice President Jack Mitchell, Treasurer Rod McKenzie, Secretary Edie Urness-Pondillo, and two At-Large Directors Barbara Drake and Baxter Richardson. The PLATO Board is composed of five officers, standing committee chairpersons, and five At-Large Directors. The new Board’s term starts on July 1, 2024. Learn about PLATO’s structure, policies, and more on the Organizational Documents webpage.


    THE AGORA FEATURES

    PLATO's Literary & Fine Arts Journal, The Agora,
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought

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

    This Month's Featured Offering is Lake Monona, a photograph by Julie Pretell which reflects the beauty and intrigue of a crepuscular moment in time.

    THE AGORA FEATURES 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

    DID YOU KNOW? for May 21 – June 3, 2024 

    Garrett Morgan (March 4, 1877 – July 27, 1963) was a prolific inventor who called himself the “Black Edison.” Morgan devised early versions of the traffic light and gas mask. His career began as a sewing-machine mechanic and he would eventually invent a more sophisticated sewing machine which he patented, among other inventions. 

    Visit the Social Justice page for more about Garrett Morgan

    and past DID YOU KNOW? Features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 


  • May 22, 2024 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    May 21, 2024


    CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSES

    – Registration for Summer Courses continues – find everything you need to know on the Courses Page and contact the Course Coordinator to register.

    – Choose from 11 Summer Courses with in-person, virtual, and hybrid options.

    – Most begin the week of June 3.

    CURRICULUM SPOTLIGHT
    NEW
    ! Read about what participants of the Writing Workshop were up to at a recent event at the Pinney Library in this brief Curriculum Showcase article. These PLATO members are proof that “Ordinary people truly live extraordinary lives!” 

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    SPRING WALK
    TOMORROW! Wednesday, May 22 at 9am – A Spring Walk in the Woods: Stewart Lake County ParkThere are still spots left – registration is recommended. Learn more and register here.

    THIS WEEK! Fourth Friday Coffee on May 24 from 9:30-11:30am at the Rotunda Café on Atwood Ave. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea over friendly conversation. Food options are limited but now include breakfast burritos and doughnuts! Feel free to bring a family member or friend who may be interested in PLATO. RSVP via email with Catherine Masi or new co-host Donaby Henton – learn more and find their email addresses to RSVP here.

    FIELD TRIP
    NEXT MONTH!
     Join us to tour the new Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) Center for Music on Monday, June 10 from 2:00 – 3:15pm. Located on Madison's near-east side on the site of the old Avenue Bar, this architecturally impressive building has a state-of-the-art rehearsal space for orchestras and ensembles of all sizes, studio teaching spaces for area musicians, administrative offices, and a music library. This tour is free for PLATO members and guests. Registration is requiredLearn more and register here.

    THEATER TRIP
    SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, August 29, 2024. We will be travel via coach for an American Player's Theater production of The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool.Watch Tracy Michelle Arnold, Jim DeVita, Josh Krause and Nancy Rodriguez in a wild, theatrical ride through the final hours of a waning queen. Full details and registration information coming soon!

    LECTURES
    Learn something new with recorded PLATO Lectures offered by PLATO members and special guest presenters.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    Election Results for PLATO 2024 - 2025 Board 

    The annual election is now completed. Congratulations to President J. K. Cheema, Vice President Jack Mitchell, Treasurer Rod McKenzie, Secretary Edie Urness-Pondillo, and two At-Large Directors Barbara Drake and Baxter Richardson. The PLATO Board is composed of five officers, standing committee chairpersons, and five At-Large Directors. The new Board’s term starts on July 1, 2024. Learn about PLATO’s structure, policies, and more on the Organizational Documents webpage.


    THE AGORA FEATURES

    PLATO's Literary & Fine Arts Journal, The Agora,
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought

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

    This Month's Featured Offering is Lake Monona, a photograph by Julie Pretell which reflects the beauty and intrigue of a crepuscular moment in time.

    THE AGORA FEATURES 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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


    DID YOU KNOW?
     for May 21 – June 3, 2024 

    Garrett Morgan (March 4, 1877 – July 27, 1963) was a prolific inventor who called himself the “Black Edison.” Morgan devised early versions of the traffic light and gas mask. His career began as a sewing-machine mechanic and he would eventually invent a more sophisticated sewing machine which he patented, among other inventions. 


    Visit the Social Justice page for more about Garrett Morgan

    and past DID YOU KNOW? Features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 


  • May 16, 2024 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    May 14, 2024


    CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSES

    · Registration for Summer Courses continues – find everything you need to know on the Courses Page and contact the Course Coordinator to register.

    · Choose from 11 Summer Courses with in-person, virtual, and hybrid options.

    · Most begin the week of June 3.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    TODAY! Reminder for registered members – PLATO's Member Appreciation Lunch & Annual Meeting 2024 on Tuesday, May 14 from 11:30am – 2:30pm. Review the Schedule of Events and Important parking details here.

    SPRING WALK
    NEXT WEEK! Wednesday, May 22 at 9am – A Spring Walk in the Woods: Stewart Lake County ParkLearn more and register here.

    FIELD TRIP
    NEW! Join us to tour the new Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) Center for Music on Monday, June 10 from 2:00 – 3:15pm. Located on Madison's near-east side on the site of the old Avenue Bar, this architecturally impressive building has a state-of-the-art rehearsal space for orchestras and ensembles of all sizes, studio teaching spaces for area musicians, administrative offices, and a music library. This tour is free for PLATO members and guests. Registration is requiredLearn more and register here.

    THEATER TRIP
    SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, August 29, 2024. We will be travel via coach for an American Player's Theater production of The Virgin Queen Entertains Her Fool.Watch Tracy Michelle Arnold, Jim DeVita, Josh Krause and Nancy Rodriguez in a wild, theatrical ride through the final hours of a waning queen. Full details and registration information coming soon!

    LECTURES
    Enjoy recorded PLATO Lectures on a wide array of timely topics.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    THE AGORA FEATURES

    PLATO's Literary & Fine Arts Journal, The Agora,
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought

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

    This Month's Featured Offering is Lake Monona, a photograph by Julie Pretell which reflects the beauty and intrigue of a crepuscular moment in time.

    THE AGORA FEATURES 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

    DID YOU KNOW? for April 30 – May 20, 2024 


    Visit the Social Justice page for more about CLIMB USA 

    and past DID YOU KNOW? Features.

    Did you know that one of the local community programs that PLATO's Education Fund supports is CLIMB USA? PLATO's annual donation supports expanding the participation of Madison Area Students in The CLIMB Youth Leadership and Summer Stock Market Experience Programs.


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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 


  • May 08, 2024 4:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    May 7, 2024


    CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSES
    NEW!
     

    · Summer Courses are open for registration – find all you need to know on the Courses Page and contact the Course Coordinator to register!

    · There are 11 Summer Courses with in-person, virtual and hybrid, options.

    · Most begin the week of June 3.

    PLATO WRITERS READ
    NEW!
     Wednesday, May 8, 1:00-3:00pm – PLATO Writers Read at the Pinney Library Community Room located on 516 Cottage Grove Road. There is plenty of free parking behind the building. Come listen to fellow PLATO writers share their work! Email Andy Millman at mill60062@yahoo.com with questions.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    THIS WEEK!Second Friday Breakfast – enjoy socializing with fellow members over coffee and breakfast snacks on Friday, May 10 from 9:30 – 11:30am at Lakeside Street Coffee House. Seating is on both the main floor and downstairs levels. You will need to climb a flight of steps in order to be seated on the downstairs level. Guests are welcome, so feel free to bring a friend who may be interested in PLATO! Learn more and RSVP here.

    NEXT WEEK! Reminder for registered members – PLATO's Member Appreciation Lunch & Annual Meeting 2024 on Tuesday, May 14 from 11:30am – 2:30pm. Review the Schedule of Events and Important parking details here.

    SPRING WALK
    SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, May 22 at 9am – A Spring Walk in the Woods: Stewart Lake County Park. More details coming soon! 

    LECTURES
    Expand your horizons with recorded PLATO Lectures presented by fellow members and their special guest presenters.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR

    ELECTION FOR PLATO 2024-25 BOARD

    Last chance to vote – the poll will close on May 8 at midnight

    Read about the nominees by clicking on the Nominee Biographies link below and then cast your vote with the provided link. Note that you will need to login and there is a "forgot password" button if needed. The Nominating Committee thanks the members who agreed to be listed as nominees as well as those who have already voted! Tomorrow, May 8, is the last day to vote!

    NOMINEE BIOGRAPHIES


    THE AGORA FEATURES

    PLATO's Literary & Fine Arts Journal, The Agora,
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought

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

    This Month's Featured Offering is Lake Monona, a photograph by Julie Pretell which reflects the beauty and intrigue of a crepuscular moment in time.

    THE AGORA FEATURES


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

    DID YOU KNOW? for April 30 – May 20, 2024 

    Did you know that one of the local community programs that PLATO's Education Fund supports is CLIMB USA? PLATO's 
    annual donation supports expanding the participation of Madison Area Students in The CLIMB Youth Leadership and Summer Stock Market Experience Programs.


    Visit the Social Justice page for more about CLIMB USA 

    and past DID YOU KNOW? Features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE


  • April 30, 2024 12:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    April 30, 2024


    CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSES
    NEXT WEEK! 

    Registration for Summer Courses opens on Tuesday, May 7. 

    Most Summer Courses will begin the week of June 3.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    THIS WEEK! Donald County Park Walk on Thursday, May 2, from 9am – 11:30am. Learn more and register here.

    NEXT MONTH! 
    Second Friday Breakfast – enjoy socializing with fellow members over coffee and breakfast snacks on Friday, May 10 from 9:30 – 11:30am at Lakeside Street Coffee House. Seating is on both the main floor and downstairs levels. You will need to climb a flight of steps in order to be seated on the downstairs level. Guests are welcome, so feel free to bring a friend who may be interested in PLATOLearn more and RSVP here

    LECTURES
    Dive into timely topics with recorded PLATO Lectures presented by fellow members and their special guest presenters.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    ELECTION FOR PLATO 2024-25 BOARD

    Voting is underway and will close on May 8 at midnight

    Read about the nominees by clicking on the Nominee Biographies link below and then cast your vote with the provided link. Note that you will need to login and there is a "forgot password" button if needed. The Nominating Committee thanks the members who agreed to be listed as nominees as well as those who have already voted!

    NOMINEE BIOGRAPHIES 


    THE AGORA FEATURES

    PLATO's Literary & Fine Arts Journal, The Agora,
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought

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

    This Month's Featured Offering is Papa's Barn, an acrylic painting by Joanna Kutter, created in memory of her dear father and his dream of being a farmer. 

    THE AGORA FEATURES 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

    DID YOU KNOW? for April 30 – May 13, 2024 


    Did you know that one of the local community programs that PLATO's Education Fund supports is CLIMB USA? PLATO's annual donation supports expanding the participation of Madison Area Students in The CLIMB Youth Leadership and Summer Stock Market Experience Programs.

    CLIMB USA’s mission is to help teens and young adults improve their financial capability through education and capital market engagement.

    CLIMB USA is developing a community of youth and families that are  learning new ways of thinking about economics through a focus on youth development, building wealth through investment clubs, entrepreneurial training, and thought leadership.

    Visit the Social Justice page for more about CLIMB USA 

    and past DID YOU KNOW? Features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 



  • April 23, 2024 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    April 23, 2024

    ELECTION FOR PLATO 2024-25 BOARD
    Begins Wednesday, April 24

    Read about the nominees by clicking on the Nominee Biographies link below so you are ready to vote. The Nominating Committee thanks the members who agreed to be listed! Watch for a PLATO email tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24, with your link to the Ballot. Voting will close on Wednesday, May 8, at midnight.

    NOMINEE BIOGRAPHIES 


    CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSES
    NEXT MONTH! 
    Registration for Summer Courses opens on Tuesday, May 7. Summer Courses will begin the week of June 3.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    SPRING WALKS
    NEXT WEEK! Join us for our rescheduled walk at Donald County Park on Thursday, May 2, from 9am – 11:30am. Ken Bradbury, a retired geologist, and Donna Thomas, a member of the Friends Group, will be our docents. Registration is required. If you were registered for this walk previously, which was cancelled due to rain, you will need to re-registerLearn more and register here.


    COFFEE GATHERING
    THIS WEEK! 
    Fourth Friday Coffee on April 26 from 9:30-11:30am at the Rotunda Café on Madison's near east side. Enjoy the company of fellow PLATO members over a cup of coffee or tea. Learn more and RSVP here.

    THEATER TRIP
    NEXT MONTH! Nina Simone: Four Women – Join us for this matinee on Sunday, May 5 at 2pm at The Milwaukee Rep. This play shines a light on how Nina Simone, a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and pianist found her true calling and gave voice to the Civil Rights movement through impactful and inspirational songs. There are still some seats available! Learn more and register here. Also, see the Did You Know feature under the Social Justice and Readings section below to learn more about Nina Simone, a phenom who is ranked No. 21 on Rolling Stones’ list of 200 Greatest Singers of All Time.

    LECTURES
    In the spirit of Earth Day, check out new recorded PLATO Lectures. Recent guest presenters in the Pathways to a Sustainable Planet course included Dr. Terri Allendorf and Curt Meine in lectures on the topic of community land conservation.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    REGISTRATION CLOSES THIS FRIDAY

    PLATO Member Appreciation Lunch & Annual Meeting
    This is a complimentary event and members may invite a guest!

    Members are invited to attend this this lively social event which features keynote speaker Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette Law School Poll on the topic of The Outlook for the 2024 Elections in Wisconsin and the Nation. Enjoy lunch, the annual PLATO business meeting, door prizes and more! Registration is required and will close on Friday, April 26. Learn more and register here.


    REGISTER HERE 


    THE AGORA FEATURES

    PLATO's Literary & Fine Arts Journal, The Agora,
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought

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

    This Month's Featured Offering is Papa's Barn, an acrylic painting by Joanna Kutter, created in memory of her dear father and his dream of being a farmer. 

    THE AGORA FEATURES 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

    DID YOU KNOW? for April 16 – 29, 2024 

    Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was born to black parents in North Carolina during the Jim Crow era. Simone was a piano prodigy who performed classical concerts by age 12. The Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and pianist was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Simone is ranked No. 21 on Rolling Stones’ list of 200 Greatest Singers of All Time.

    Visit the Social Justice page for more about Nina Simone 
    and past DID YOU KNOW? Features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 


  • April 16, 2024 3:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update 

    April 16, 2024


    CURRICULUM

    SPRING COURSES
    Questions? Find the Spring Schedule 2024 on the Courses webpage.  

    SUMMER COURSES
    NEXT MONTH! 
    Registration for Summer Courses opens on Tuesday, May 7. Summer Courses will begin the week of June 3.

    SAVE THE DATE
    NEXT MONTH!
     Wednesday, May 8, 1:00-3:00pm – PLATO Writers Read at the Pinney Library Community Room located on 516 Cottage Grove Road. There is plenty of free parking behind the building. Come listen to fellow PLATO writers share their work! Email Andy Millman at mill60062@yahoo.com with questions.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    Through November, PLATO will offer a variety of nature walks in and around Dane County. Each will be about 2.5 miles in distance and take about 2.5 hours to complete, and each will feature local flora, fauna and culture. Some walks will be docent-led! Our first walk at Donald County Park on Wednesday, April 17, at 9:00am will be led by Ken Bradbury, a retired geologist, and Donna Thomas, a member of the Friends Group, who will bring the farm and local culture to life. Registration is required. Learn more and register here.

    BREAKFAST GATHERING
    Fourth Friday Coffee on April 26 from 9:30-11:30am at the Rotunda Café on Madison's near east side. Enjoy a cuppa your favorite morning beverage and lively conversation with fellow PLATO members. Learn more and RSVP here.

    THEATER TRIP
    NEXT MONTH! 
    Nina Simone: Four Women – Join us for this matinee on Sunday, May 5 at 2pm at The Milwaukee Rep. This play shines a light on how Nina Simone, a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and pianist found her true calling and gave voice to the Civil Rights movement through impactful and inspirational songs. There are still some seats available! Learn more and register here. Also, see the Did You Know feature under the Social Justice and Readings section below to learn more about Nina Simone, a phenom who is ranked No. 21 on Rolling Stones’ list of 200 Greatest Singers of All Time.

    LECTURES
    In the spirit of Earth Day, check out new recorded PLATO Lectures – recent guest presenters in the Pathways to a Sustainable Planet course included Dr. Terri Allendorf on the topic of sustaining biodiversity through community conservation and Curt Meine, a well-known author who serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin on the topic of community land conservation and the reuse of the Badger Army Ammunition plant lands in Sauk County, Wisconsin.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    ELECTION FOR PLATO 2024-25 BOARD

    Begins Wednesday, April 24

    Read about the nominees by clicking on the Nominee Biographies link below so you are ready to vote next week. The Nominating Committee thanks the members who agreed to be listed! Watch for a PLATO email on Wednesday, April 24 with your link to the Ballot. Voting will close on Wednesday, May 8, at midnight.

    NOMINEE BIOGRAPHIES


    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

    PLATO Member Appreciation Lunch & Annual Meeting
    This is a complimentary event and members may invite a guest!

    Members are invited to attend this this lively social event which features keynote speaker Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette Law School Poll on the topic of The Outlook for the 2024 Elections in Wisconsin and the Nation. Enjoy lunch, the annual PLATO business meeting, door prizes and more! Registration is required and will close on Friday, April 26. Learn more and register here.

     

    REGISTER HERE


    THE AGORA FEATURES
    PLATO's Literary & Fine Arts Journal, The Agora,
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought

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

    This Month's Featured Offering is Papa's Barn, an acrylic painting by Joanna Kutter, created in memory of her dear father and his dream of being a farmer. 

    THE AGORA FEATURES


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


    DID YOU KNOW? for April 16 – 29, 2024 

    Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was born to black parents in North Carolina during the Jim Crow era. Simone was a piano prodigy who performed classical concerts by age 12. The Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and pianist was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Simone is ranked No. 21 on Rolling Stones’ list of 200 Greatest Singers of All Time.

    Visit the Social Justice page for more about Nina Simone 
    and past DID YOU KNOW? Features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE


  • April 09, 2024 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    April 9, 2024


    CURRICULUM

    SPRING COURSES
    Questions? Find the Spring Schedule 2024 on the Courses webpage.  

    SUMMER COURSES
    NEXT MONTH! 
    Registration for Summer Courses opens on Tuesday, May 7. Summer Courses will begin the week of June 3.

    SAVE THE DATE
    NEXT MONTH!
     Wednesday, May 8, 1:00-3:00pm – PLATO Writers Read at the Pinney Library Community Room located on 516 Cottage Grove Road. There is plenty of free parking behind the building. Come listen to fellow PLATO writers share their work! Email Andy Millman at mill60062@yahoo.com with questions.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    NEW! Through November, PLATO will offer a variety of docent-led walks in and around Dane County. Each will be about 2.5 miles in distance and take about 2.5 hours to complete, and each will feature local flora, fauna and culture. Our first walk at Donald County Park on Wednesday, April 17, at 9:00am will be led by Ken Bradbury, a retired geologist, and Donna Thomas, a member of the Friends Group, who will bring the farm and local culture to life. Registration is required. Learn more and register here.

    BREAKFAST GATHERING
    THIS WEEK!
     Second Friday Breakfast – make new PLATO friends over coffee, breakfast snacks, and conversation on Friday, April 12 from 9:30 – 11:30am at Lakeside St. Coffee House. Seating is on both the main floor and downstairs levels. You will need to climb a flight of steps in order to be seated on the downstairs level. Bring a friend – guests are welcome! Learn more and RSVP here.

    LECTURES
    Explore recorded PLATO Lectures on many interesting subjects introduced by PLATO members and their special guest presenters.


    THEATER TRIP
    Nina Simone: Four Women – Join us for a matinee performance at The Milwaukee Rep's Quadracci Powerhouse Theater on Sunday, May 5 at 2pm. Nina Simone created some of our most powerful Civil Rights anthems. This play with music shines a light on how she found her true calling and gave voice to a movement through impactful and inspirational songs. Learn more and register here.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

    PLATO Member Appreciation Lunch & Annual Meeting
    This is a complimentary event and members may invite a guest!

    Members are invited to attend this this lively social event which features keynote speaker Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette Law School Poll on the topic of The Outlook for the 2024 Elections in Wisconsin and the Nation. Enjoy lunch, the annual PLATO business meeting, door prizes and more! Registration is required and will close on Friday, April 26. Learn more and register here.

      

    REGISTER HERE 

    THE AGORA FEATURES
    PLATO's Literary & Fine Arts Journal, The Agora,
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought

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

    This Month's Featured Offering is Papa's Barn, an acrylic painting by Joanna Kutter, created in memory of her dear father and his dream of being a farmer. 

    THE AGORA FEATURES 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

    DID YOU KNOW? for April 2 – 15, 2024 

    Amar Bose, born on November 2, 1929 as the son of Indian immigrant parents, became interested in technology at age 13 when he started repairing model trains to help support his family. Bose graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering in the early 1950’s and eventually developed Bose stereo speakers which are now considered the industry standard. 

    Visit the Social Justice page for more about Amar Bose 

    and past DID YOU KNOW? Features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 

  • April 02, 2024 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    April 2, 2024

    CURRICULUM

    SPRING COURSES
    Questions? Find the Spring Schedule 2024 on the Courses webpage.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    LECTURES / SCREENINGS

    On Friday, April 5 @ 1:30pm, Madison Committee on Foreign Relations will host a virtual pre-recorded screening via Zoom of "An Overview of the Rise of Authoritarians: Is It the Future Or Does It Present a Phase That Democracies Must Tolerate?" There will be a group discussion afterward. Register here by Thursday, April 4 to receive the Zoom link and feel free to invite a friend!

    THEATER TRIP
    Nina Simone: Four Women – Join us for a matinee performance at The Milwaukee Rep's Quadracci Powerhouse Theater on Sunday, May 5 at 2pm. Nina Simone created some of our most powerful Civil Rights anthems. This play with music shines a light on how she found her true calling and gave voice to a movement through impactful and inspirational songs. Learn more and register here.

    BREAKFAST GATHERING
    NEXT WEEK! Second Friday Breakfast – enjoy coffee, breakfast snacks, and conversation on Friday, April 12 from 9:30 – 11:30am at Lakeside St. Coffee House. Seating is on both the main floor and downstairs levels. You will need to climb a flight of steps in order to be seated on the downstairs level. Bring a friend – guests are welcome! Learn more and RSVP here.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 



    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

    PLATO Member Appreciation Lunch & Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | 11:30am – 2:30pm
    Goodman Center Brassworks Building

    Members are invited to attend this this lively social event which features keynote speaker Dr. Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette Law School Poll on the topic of The Outlook for the 2024 Elections in Wisconsin and the Nation. Enjoy lunch, the annual PLATO business meeting, door prizes and more! This is a complimentary event and members may invite a guest. Registration is required and will close on Friday, April 26. Learn more and register here.

      

    REGISTER HERE 


    THE AGORA FEATURES

    PLATO's Literary & Fine Arts Journal, The Agora,
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought

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

    This Month's Featured Offering is Papa's Barn, an acrylic painting by Joanna Kutter, created in memory of her dear father and his dream of being a farmer. 

    THE AGORA FEATURES 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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


    DID YOU KNOW?
     for April 2 – 15, 2024 

    Amar Bose, born on November 2, 1929 as the son of Indian immigrant parents, became interested in technology at age 13 when he started repairing model trains to help support his family. Bose graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering in the early 1950’s and eventually developed Bose stereo speakers which are now considered the industry standard. 

    Visit the Social Justice page for more about Amar Bose 

    and past DID YOU KNOW? Features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 

  • March 26, 2024 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

     March 26, 2024


    CURRICULUM

    SPRING COURSES
    Questions? Find the Spring Schedule 2024 on the Courses webpage.

    THE COGS OF CURRICULUM
    Do you enjoy PLATO Courses? Want to contribute to making PLATO Courses successful? Learn about the Curriculum Committee here.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    LECTURES / SCREENINGS


    NEXT MONTH! On Friday, April 5 @ 1:30pm, Madison Committee on Foreign Relations will host a virtual screening via Zoom of "An Overview of the Rise of Authoritarians: Is It the Future Or Does It Present a Phase That Democracies Must Tolerate?" Register here by Thursday, April 4 to receive the Zoom link and feel free to invite a friend!


    THEATER TRIP

    Nina Simone: Four Women – Join us for a matinee performance at The Milwaukee Rep's Quadracci Powerhouse Theater on Sunday, May 5 at 2pm. Nina Simone created some of our most powerful Civil Rights anthems. This play with music shines a light on how she found her true calling and gave voice to a movement through impactful and inspirational songs. Learn more and register here.

    BREAKFAST GATHERING
    NEXT MONTH! Second Friday Breakfast – enjoy coffee, breakfast snacks, and conversation on Friday, April 12 from 9:30 – 11:30am at Lakeside St. Coffee House. Seating is on both the main floor and downstairs levels. You will need to climb a flight of steps in order to be seated on the downstairs level. Bring a friend – guests are welcome! Learn more and RSVP here.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    STAY IN THE KNOW WITH PLATO

    Overall member satisfaction is 8.4 on a 10-point scale!

    MANY THANKS to the members who participated in PLATO’s 2023 Annual Member Satisfaction Survey late last year – the results are in and the news is good!
    PLATO continues to be a 
    vibrant organization with hundreds of active memberseager to share ideas for future programming and growth
    . Rest assured, your suggestions have been shared with PLATO leadership for active consideration.

    Download the 2023 Survey's Key Findings here!

    – Your PLATO Membership and Communications Committee

    SURVEY KEY FINDINGS 


    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

    PLATO Member Appreciation Lunch & Annual Meeting

    Members are invited to attend this this lively social event which features keynote speaker Dr. Charles Franklin, Director of the Marquette Law School Poll on the topic of The Outlook for the 2024 Elections in Wisconsin and the Nation. Enjoy lunch, the annual PLATO business meeting, door prizes and more! This is a complimentary event and members may invite a guest. Registration is required and will close on Friday, April 26. Learn more and register here.


    REGISTER HERE 


    THE AGORA FEATURES

    PLATO's Literary & Fine Arts Journal, The Agora,
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought

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

    This Month's Featured Offering is If I Were French, a poem written and recited by Susan Hoffman, which inspires the imagination and evokes the senses – très bon! 

    THE AGORA FEATURES 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

    Did you know that one of the local community programs that PLATO's Education Fund supports is Literacy Network? PLATO's annual donation supports the program resources budget which includes textbooks for English language learning (ELL) and digital and online resources to enhance the ELL experience.

    Literacy Network provides free literacy and English language education to Dane County adults. Their English as a Second Language, basic literacy, citizenship, and GED/HSED programs help participants build skills to reach their personal goals. Following a record-breaking 2023 (with 1,445 students served!), 2024 marks another milestone: Literacy Network’s 50th anniversary!

    Visit the Social Justice page for more about Literacy Network and past DID YOU KNOW? Features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 


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