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  • August 03, 2021 9:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PLATO Weekly Update

     

    August 3, 2021


    CURRICULUM

     

    Registration for fall courses will begin August 24 - more details coming soon!

     

    For all in-person courses this fall, PLATO will follow the CDC and Dane County Health Department Covid-19 guidelines. Please note that these have recently been updated and that Madison Public Health is encouraging everyone ages 2 and older — regardless of vaccination status — to wear masks inside public spaces, schools, and when gathering indoors at private residences with members of other households.

    Stay tuned - we will continue to update our guidelines as we hear from our Host Locations.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS
     

    Walks of Dane County

    · Registration is open - for the August 17th walk at Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail with Hans Herbert, co-president of the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Come with us for a walk and to learn about 75 years of significant rain events and corresponding conservation measures taken during that time. Read more...

    · For your planning purposes, we have compiled a list of the remaining "Walks in Dane County" on PLATO's Local Tours page. These walks are scheduled through October, occurring twice monthly on various mornings. Simply scroll through the list to find dates and times and click on "Show Details" to find out when registration will open.

    THEATER
    Cool off from hot summer days by "attending" theater performances from your home through a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page – new items being added all the time!

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

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each week, we offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week’s piece, a poem called One Tree at Sunset by Diane Hughes, reflects the author's quest to find beauty in the mundane in order to savor life and not to merely exist.

    AGORA FEATURE


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.


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

    We hope you’re intrigued by DID YOU KNOW? – our new bi-weekly feature spotlighting arts, scientific, cultural, and other 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).

    DID YOU KNOW? Mario Jose Molina-Pasquel Henriquez (known as Mario Molina), Mexican chemist, was the first Mexican-born scientist to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for his role in discovering the threat to the Earth’s ozone layer from chlorofluorocarbon gases.

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage to learn more about Mario Molina!

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE





  • July 27, 2021 5:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    July 27, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    We are gearing up for fall!

    As the Curriculum Committee coordinates efforts for in-person and virtual offerings to resume this fall, it's a good time to share PLATO’s Covid-19 guidelines, which follow the CDC’s guidelines, including:

    – Vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask in a group gathering indoors, but should if they feel more comfortable.

    – Unvaccinated people must wear a mask in a group gathering indoors.

    – All PLATO members must follow any and all additional Covid-19 protocols that our Host Locations require.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS 

    Walks of Dane County

    · There are still spots available - for our next walk on Wednesday, August 4th. Join us as we walk in a newer addition to Cherokee Marsh, one you may not have visited yet. Yahara Heights County Park at Cherokee Marsh consists of over 3,000 feet of water frontage within the upper Yahara basin. We will walk along a 40-acre prairie and a woodland with two effigy mounds, including a 208-ft water spirit.

    · Registration will open - for the walk in Pheasant Branch Nature Conservancy in Middleton, Wisconsin, on Sunday, August 1st. The walk and talk will focus on the history of the waterway and how it has been impacted over the last 75 years by major weather events and the impact it has had on the Yahara Chain of Lakes. We will also hear what the City of Middleton and Dane County are planning to do to reduce the impact of future exceptional storms.

    For your planning purposes, we have compiled a list of the remaining "Walks in Dane County" on PLATO's Local Tours page. These walks are scheduled through October, occurring twice monthly on various mornings. Simply scroll through the list to find dates and times and click on "Show Details" to find out when registration will open.

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

    THEATER
    Take a break from hot summer days by "attending" theater performances from your home through a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page, including the newly featured items below.

    The Wolves - Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls' indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban field, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with the vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

    Memories of Overdevelopment - This play is a film: a documentary about what people remember about dictatorships where they grew up and how they left and how they survived. An enactment of eight startling, personal interviews, inspired by true stories, performed by two people. Caridad Svich’s newest work is a rebellious look at where we’ve been and where we are right now.

    Schmigadoon - A parody of iconic musicals, Schmigadoon! is a new musical comedy series produced by Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live. A couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship discovers a magical town in which everyone is living in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.” If you love musicals, you'll enjoy catching the clever references to Oklahoma, Carousel, The Music Man, and, of course, Brigadoon, among other classics.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL UPDATE

    Have you renewed your PLATO membership?

    Current PLATO memberships will expire this week on Saturday, July 31. Renew online now to be ready to take advantage of the wide variety of in-person and virtual courses and events PLATO will offer this fall.

    Dues have been reinstated, but remain at the pre-pandemic level of $60 per person.

    Renew online now or mail a check for $60 to PLATO, 21 N. Park St., 7th Floor, Madison, WI 537151218. If mailing your check, please let us know if your contact information has changed since June of 2019 and email any further questions to Stephanie Steigerwaldt, PLATO's office coordinator, at info@platomadison.org.

    Thank you to those members who have already renewed – we look forward to seeing you at our many offerings lined up for the coming year. 

    Print verses Electronic Version of the upcoming Agora

    Do you wish to receive a print version of Volume 7 of The Agora (2021)? So far, about 200 PLATO members have requested that we not mail a print copy of the upcoming Volume 7 to them. Many PLATO members are concerned about the environmental costs of printing and mailing. IF YOU SHARE THAT CONCERN, please give this option your consideration.  

    Remember that an electronic version of Volume 7 will be posted on the PLATO website. If you want your name added to the list of PLATO members who DO NOT WISH to receive a print copy of The Agora in the mail, please send an email to Stephanie (info@platomadison.org) with the Subject: AGORA. 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each week, we offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week’s selection, Creating Otherness by Fay Ferington, is a poem about cultivating self-awareness around how our small, everyday actions impact the people with whom we interact.

    AGORA FEATURE


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.


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

    We hope you’re intrigued by DID YOU KNOW? – our new bi-weekly feature spotlighting arts, scientific, cultural, and other 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).

    DID YOU KNOW? Mario Jose Molina-Pasquel Henriquez (known as Mario Molina), Mexican chemist, was the first Mexican-born scientist to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for his role in discovering the threat to the Earth’s ozone layer from chlorofluorocarbon gases.

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage to learn more about Mario Molina!

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE


  • July 21, 2021 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    July 20, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    We are gearing up for fall!

    As the Curriculum Committee coordinates efforts for in-person and virtual offerings to resume this fall, it's a good time to share PLATO’s Covid-19 guidelines, which follow the CDC’s guidelines, including:

    – Vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask in a group gathering indoors, but should if they feel more comfortable.

    – Unvaccinated people must wear a mask in a group gathering indoors.

    – All PLATO members must follow any and all additional Covid-19 protocols that our Host Locations require.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS 

    Announced just last week, there are a number of "Walks in Dane County" planned through October, occurring twice monthly on various mornings. A list can be found at PLATO's Local Tours page. Simply scroll through the list to find dates and times and click on "Show Details" to find out when registration will open.

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

    THEATER
    Take a break from hot summer days by "attending" theater performances from your home through a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL UPDATE

    Have you renewed your PLATO membership? 

    DON'T FORGET - current PLATO memberships will expire on July 31. Renew online now to be ready to take advantage of the wide variety of in-person and virtual courses and events PLATO will offer this fall.

    After a year of free membership, dues have been reinstated, but remain at the pre-pandemic level of $60 per person.

    Renew online now or mail a check for $60 to PLATO, 21 N. Park St., 7th Floor, Madison, WI 537151218. If mailing your check, please let us know if your contact information has changed since June of 2019 and email any further questions to Stephanie Steigerwaldt, PLATO's office coordinator, at info@platomadison.org.

    Thank you to those members who have already renewed – we look forward to seeing you at our many offerings lined up for the coming year. 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each week, we offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week’s contributionAging Acrobat, by Grethe Brix-J. Leer, is a collage about the paradox of aging and life.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.


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

    NEW BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Forgotten – The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, At Home And At War by Linda Hervieux (description and review on the Social Justice Webpage).

    Launched in June is our new biweekly feature called DID YOU KNOW? – an opportunity to increase awareness of the many contributions in all areas of our community by individuals outside of our mainstream white world. Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to ksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    DID YOU KNOW? Effie Waller Smith, a black woman with Wisconsin ties, was an early 20th-century poet known for her books of poetry, Songs of the Months (1904), Rhymes from the Cumberland (1909), and Rosemary and Pansies (1909).

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage to learn more about Effie Waller Smith!

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE 

  • July 13, 2021 6:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    July 13, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Read about the history of courses over PLATO's 35 years!

    Find out how coordinators and members have adapted to changing times.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS 

    NEW - A number of "Walks in Dane County" are planned through October, occurring twice monthly on various mornings. A list can be found at PLATO's Local Tours page. Simply scroll through the list to find dates and times and click on "Show Details" for registration information.

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

    THEATER
    Take a break from hot summer days by "attending" theater performances from your home through a variety of options on PLATO’s Virtual Theater Trips page.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL UPDATE

    July is Membership Renewal Month!

    For those who haven’t renewed, just a friendly reminder that current memberships will expire on July 31. Renew online now to be ready to take advantage of the wide variety of in-person and virtual PLATO courses and events being planned for this Fall.

    We are pleased to share that dues remain at the pre-pandemic level of $60 per person.

    Renew online now or mail a check for $60 to PLATO, 21 N. Park St., 7th Floor, Madison, WI 537151218. If mailing your chec­­­­k, please let us know if your contact information has changed since June of 2019 and email any further questions to Stephanie Steigerwaldt, PLATO's office coordinator, at info@platomadison.org.

    Thank you to those members who have already renewed – we look forward to seeing you at our many offerings lined up for the coming year. 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each week, we offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to The Agora, PLATO's journal of arts and ideas. This week’s piece, Art Hodes, When He Was Old by Norman Leer, is a poem about art and aging.

    AGORA FEATURE


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.


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

    NEW BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Forgotten – The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, At Home And At War by Linda Hervieux (description and review on the Social Justice Webpage).

    Launched in June is our new biweekly feature called DID YOU KNOW? – an opportunity to increase awareness of the many contributions in all areas of our community by individuals outside of our mainstream white world. Suggestions for inclusions are welcome (send to ksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    DID YOU KNOW? Effie Waller Smith, a black woman with Wisconsin ties, was an early 20th-century poet known for her books of poetry, Songs of the Months (1904), Rhymes from the Cumberland (1909), and Rosemary and Pansies (1909).

    Visit the Social Justice Webpage to learn more about Effie Waller Smith!


    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE

  • July 06, 2021 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    July 6, 2021

    CURRICULUM

    Read about the history of courses over PLATO's 35 years!

    Find out how coordinators and members have adapted to changing times.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS 

    Stay tuned for new walks coming soon!

    THEATER
    Need a break from the hot weather? Check out these new Virtual Theater Trips:

    The Arts InterruptedIn this 53-minute special edition of Great Performances, see how the arts have been managing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts organizations share their stories, along with examples of innovative performances, from COVID-19 inspired theater to site-specific operas. This feature streams free of charge through this week Friday, July 9th.

    Tender AgeStark and propulsive, this George Brant play is about living at the edge of your ethics. When Martín applies for a position at the local Walmart-turned-Detention Center, he is dismayed to discover that he'll be working as a security guard for a warehouse full of children separated from their families at the nearby Texan border. The steady paycheck outweighs his misgivings – until a strange epidemic grips the facility and Martín faces a moral reckoning.

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

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL UPDATE

    If you haven't already, please renew your PLATO Membership!

    Current memberships will expire on July 31. Renew online to continue to take advantage of summer activities and the mix of virtual and in-person activities anticipated for this fall.

    We are pleased to announce that dues will remain at the pre-pandemic level of $60 per person.

    Renew online or mail a check for $60 to PLATO, 21 N. Park St., 7th Floor, Madison, WI 537151218. If mailing your check, please let us know if your contact information has changed since June, 2019. Please email any further questions to Stephanie Steigerwaldt, PLATO's office coordinator, at info@platomadison.org.

    Thank you for your membership and continued support of PLATO! We look forward to seeing you at the many courses and events lined up for the coming year. 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each week, we offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. This week we are pleased to present Redbuds by Jim Albright, who shares a bit about the choices he made in composing this peaceful painting. 

    AGORA FEATURE


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.

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

    Launched last month is our new biweekly feature called DID YOU KNOW? -  which is intended to increase awareness of the many contributions in all areas of our community by individuals outside of our mainstream white world. Suggestions for inclusion are welcome (send to ksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    DID YOU KNOW? Marcellus Gilmore Edson, who patented peanut butter, (US Patent # 306727) was an African-American chemist from Canada. Edson developed the idea of peanut paste as a delicious and nutritious food for people who had difficulty chewing solid food, a common issue in those days.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE

  • June 29, 2021 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    June 29, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Read about the history of courses over PLATO's 35 years!

    Find out how coordinators and members have adapted to changing times.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS 

    Upcoming Walks! 

    Tuesday, July 6, 9-11:30 a.m. A Walk Along Table Bluff in Cross Plains. Comeexplore an Ice Age Trail overlooking two wooded valleys and hillsides. We will travel with two naturalists who have led us on other popular walks. Space is still available! Unvaccinated individuals who participate will need to wear masks as there will not be social distancing.

    Tuesday, July 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. A Morning Walk in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve with Amy Rosebrough. Come explore the UW-Lakeshore Preserve and discuss the 13,000-year history of De Jope (Madison). Dr. Rosebrough will describe the various archaeological and historic sites found along this scenic route and will provide trivia both entertaining and hair-raising. Registration is full, but you may join the waitlist. Unvaccinated individuals who participate will need to wear masks as there will not be social distancing.

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

    THEATER

    Continue to "attend" theater performances from your home through the variety of options listed on the PLATO Virtual Theater Trips page.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL UPDATE

    It’s time to renew your PLATO membership!

    Current memberships will expire on July 31. Renew online to continue to take advantage of summer activities and the mix of virtual and in-person activities anticipated for this fall.

    We are pleased to announce that dues will remain at the pre-pandemic level of $60 per person.

    Renew online or mail your renewal form and a check for $60 to PLATO, 21 N. Park St., 7th Floor, Madison, WI 537151218. Please let us know if your contact information has changed since June, 2019, and email any further questions to Stephanie Steigerwaldt, PLATO's office coordinator, at info@platomadison.org.

    Thank you for your membership and continued support of PLATO! We look forward to seeing you at the many courses and events lined up for the coming year. 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each week, we offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. This week, join us in celebration of the season with a poem titled Summer by Mary DeWolf.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.

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

    Just launched last week is our new biweekly feature called DID YOU KNOW? -  which is intended to increase awareness of the many contributions in all areas of our community by individuals outside of our mainstream white world. Suggestions for inclusion are welcome (send to ksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    DID YOU KNOW? Marcellus Gilmore Edson, who patented peanut butter, (US Patent # 306727) was an African-American chemist from Canada. Edson developed the idea of peanut paste as a delicious and nutritious food for people who had difficulty chewing solid food, a common issue in those days.


    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE 

  • June 22, 2021 5:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    June 22, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Read about the history of courses over PLATO's 35 years!

    Find out how coordinators and members have adapted to changing times.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS 

    New Walks! 

    Tuesday, July 6, 9-11:30 a.m. A Walk Along Table Bluff in Cross Plains. Comeexplore an Ice Age Trail overlooking two wooded valleys and hillsides. We will travel with two naturalists who have led us on other popular walks. Registration for this walk will begin this Thursday, June 24th at noon. Unvaccinated individuals who participate will need to wear masks as there will not be social distancing.

    Tuesday, July 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. A Morning Walk in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve with Amy Rosebrough. Come explore the UW-Lakeshore Preserve and discuss the 13,000-year history of De Jope (Madison). Dr. Rosebrough will describe the various archaeological and historic sites found along this scenic route and will provide trivia both entertaining and hair-raising. Unvaccinated individuals who participate will need to wear masks as there will not be social distancing.

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

    THEATER

    Continue to "attend" theater performances from your home through the variety of options listed on the PLATO Virtual Theater Trips page.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. This week's piece, a painting titled Baling on the Lokai Farm by Jim Albright, was inspired by a photograph from his wife's family farm, as explained in a brief audio segment. 

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.

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

    Just launched last week is our new biweekly feature called DID YOU KNOW? -  which is intended to increase awareness of the many contributions in all areas of our community by individuals outside of our mainstream white world. Suggestions for inclusion are welcome (send to ksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    DID YOU KNOW? The inventor of laser cataract surgery was Dr. Patricia Era Bath, a black American ophthalmologist and inventor. She holds patents in Japan, Canada and Europe. Learn more on our Social Justice webpage.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE 

  • June 16, 2021 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    June 15, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Check out the Summer schedule of classes!

    It is not too late to join one of the online courses offered this summer.

    See the Courses Page for Summer Schedule 2021 details...

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS
     

    Places still available! June 20 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. A Summer Solstice Evening Walk in the Tenney- Lapham NeighborhoodCelebrate the summer solstice with a leisurely 3-mile evening walk through this beautiful, historic neighborhood located on Madison's near eastside. Fully-vaccinated participants do not need to wear masks unless they feel more comfortable doing so. Unvaccinated individuals who participate will need to wear masks as there will not be social distancing.

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

    THEATER

    Continue to "attend" theater performances from your home through the variety of options listed on the PLATO Virtual Theater Trips page.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    PLATO OFFICE OPERATIONS UPDATE

    We are pleased to welcome Stephanie Steigerwaldt to the PLATO team. She started on June 1 and is our new administrative services and office coordinator, working with Louise Fowler for the onboarding process. Click here to read about Stephanie. Louise Fowler will reduce her PLATO office hours starting July 1, but we are pleased that she will continue to mentor Stephanie through the Fall. Stephanie will be working virtually and can be reached at info@platomadison.org or at 608-262-5823. 

    We are also pleased to announce that an ongoing partnership with the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies will be maintained with a few modifications. We’ll post updates later this summer as details on our partnership revisions are finalized.


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. This week's offering is Chambered Nautilus narrated beautifully by Barbara Carson herself.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.


    NEW! DID YOU KNOW? -  a new biweekly piece from the Diversity Awareness Committee, is intended to increase awareness of the many contributions in all areas of our community by individuals outside of our mainstream white world. Suggestions for inclusion are welcome (send to ksmichaelis@gmail.com).

    Kicking us off with this new feature...

    DID YOU KNOW? The inventor of laser cataract surgery was Dr. Patricia Era Bath, a black American ophthalmologist and inventor. She holds patents in Japan, Canada and Europe. Learn more on our Social Justice webpage.


    SOCIAL JUSTICE WEBPAGE 

  • June 08, 2021 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    June 8, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Summer Courses Begin This Week!

    All courses are online this summer.

    See the Courses Page for Summer Schedule 2021 details...

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS
     

    NEW - June 20 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. A Summer Solstice Evening Walk in the Tenney- Lapham NeighborhoodCelebrate the summer solstice with a leisurely 3-mile evening walk through this beautiful, historic neighborhood located on Madison's near eastside. Fully-vaccinated participants do not need to wear masks unless they feel more comfortable doing so. Unvaccinated individuals who participate will need to wear masks as there will not be social distancing.

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

    THEATER

    Continue to "attend" theater performances from your home through the variety of options listed on the PLATO Virtual Theater Trips page.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. This week we feature Iris by Fay Ferington. 

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

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


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.

    Select from a range of topics and formats for your reading, viewing, or listening, curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee. Just added is a link to a YES! magazine article with interviews of Asian-American and Pacific Islander artists, where they discuss how heritage and culture have or haven't influenced their work.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

  • June 01, 2021 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    June 1, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Summer Courses Begin Next Week!

    See the Courses Page for Summer Schedule 2021 details...

    COURSES PAGE 

    SPECIAL EVENTS 

    UPDATE The Friday, June 11 Walk the Olin-Turville Conservancy Park event has a few spaces remaining! A natural gem on the shores of Lake Monona, this is the second of our planned walks so far this year. The Walk's information page contains a map of our planned route and details about our COVID-19 safety protocols. 

    PLATO's Lecture series will return this fall. In the meantime, members can access Past Recordings and take advantage of the Self-Guided Walk in Madison's Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood or one of the Self-Guided Bicycling Routes around Madison. 
     

    THEATER

    Continue to "attend" theater performances from your home through the variety of options listed on the PLATO Virtual Theater Trips page.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. 

    Starting us off in June is To A Poet With Gratitude by Barbara Carson, who has published works in the last 3 volume's of The Agora.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    Social Gatherings will resume this fall with in-person breakfasts at The University Club. 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.

    Select from a range of topics and formats for your reading, viewing, or listening, curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee. Our current highlighted book grew from a popular YouTube video series...click below for more on this best seller.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

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