April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021 6:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

PLATO Weekly Update

April 13, 2021


The Curriculum Committee is keeping a library of class videos from two 2020-21 courses: Whither the State and Pathways to a Sustainable Planet

Both courses have many guest speakers discussing important and timely topics. Learn more about issues and questions like, If the commercial mix of State Street businesses changes will it become the "Bourbon Street" of the midwest?(Whither the State, April 6) or Can nuclear energy production really be done safely in seismically active areas? (Pathways/Planet, April 12). 

Visit the Courses Page for links to course video recordings.




MAY 6: The Birds & the Bees: How To Get Involved in Citizen Science through Your Garden A garden can be home to birds, animals, pollinators, and many other living things.  Jessica Ross, a Research Specialist at UW-Madison will discuss how you can use the citizen science practices and principles to observe, monitor and document garden life -- for your own records and to contribute data to a project.


Looking for something to watch this week? Then consider these recent additions to the Virtual Theater Trips page:  SMOKEFALL from Chicago's Goodman Theatre, which explores the lives of this family in a lyrical treatise on the fragility of life and the power of love, or SHADOW/LAND a harrowing new drama/audio production set amid the ongoing devastation of Hurricane Katrina (Free podcast). 

AND MORE . . .

As the Spring buds and blooms emerge, so do bicycles and helmets! If you're ready for some biking ideas check the PLATO website for Self-Guided Bicycling Routes Around Madison. There are 5 routes listed:  Around Lake Monona; the Cannonball Path/Arboretum Loop; the Southwest Commuter Path/Capital City State Trail Loop; the McFarland Loop; or the Blackhawk Path/Lake Mendota Drive/Lakeshore Nature Preserve Loop.  Each guide is broken into distinct sections with maps providing detailed instructions. 


WEEKLY UPDATE -- Also Available On The Web!  

The Weekly Update e-newsletters --with announcements, event schedules, and current PLATO information-- are now posted on the PLATO website in addition to being emailed each Tuesday.

You can find the latest Weekly Update in the ABOUT tab's drop-down list on the blue menu bar.


Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. In recognition of April as National Poetry Month, we present from our poetry files, Seasons Stirring by Mary De Wolf.



The next PLATO Virtual Breakfast is this Friday, April 16 from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Meet new friends and connect with other PLATO members.  Click below for more information and the link to join the online gathering. 


Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.

Select from a range of topics and formats for your Spring-time reading, viewing, or listening, curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee. April highlights include several new broadcast and online video offerings from PBS Wisconsin and a new featured book title.


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