Weekly Update 
is emailed every Tuesday to PLATO members and  those interested in joining

  • Be sure to add: PLATO Office Operations and "info@platomadison.org" to your email contacts or approved sender list in order to direct PLATO emails to your In Box and keep them out of your junk folder.

  • May 25, 2021 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    May 25, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSE REGISTRATION CONTINUES! Here are the 3 steps to register:

    1. Make your selection from the Summer 2021 and Continuing Spring-Summer Course offerings (Continuing Spring-Summer courses all welcome new class members!)
    2. Contact the Course Coordinator with any questions and to confirm space is available on the roster
    3. Receive the course log-in link from the Coordinator

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

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS
     

    Our 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. 

    We go to the southwest this week with sculptor Donald Tubesing and his work,  Kokophili. Our feature includes a brief audio segment where Don discusses a bit of the background for this piece.

    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. May highlights include a new featured book that grew from a popular YouTube video series.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS

  • May 18, 2021 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    May 18, 2021

    Election Results and Annual Report

    The annual election is now completed.  Congratulations to the PLATO Officers and 2 new At-Large Directors, Dory Christensen and Mike Kernats, who were recently elected.  The PLATO Board is composed of 5 officers, standing committee chairpersons, and 5 At-Large Directors.  

    In lieu of an annual meeting, please see the President’s Report for fiscal year 2021.  Read how PLATO committees and members learned to adapt to the reality of a pandemic while remaining true to our tagline:  PLATOwhere love of learning never gets old.

    PRESIDENT'S REPORT 2020-2021 


    CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSE REGISTRATION CONTINUES! Details for Summer are on the Courses Page.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS
     

    Our Lecture series will be back in September. 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

    View all the theater options here: Virtual Theater Trips.

    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 featured work, Margaret Mary (A Lullaby) by George Faunce, includes a reading of the poem plus the author's encouragement to personalize it if you'd like to share the poem/lullaby with a child.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    LAST Virtual Breakfast - this Friday, May 21 from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Click below for more information and the link to join the online gathering. 

    We'll resume in-person breakfasts at The University Club sometime this fall.

    MORE INFO 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    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. May highlights include a new featured book that grew from a popular YouTube series.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

  • May 11, 2021 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    May 11, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Summer Course Registration Opens Today! 

    SUMMER 2021 COURSES 


    LECTURES & THEATER

    LECTURES 

    The Lecture series will be back in September. In the meantime, watch favorite presentations again; 12 of the past events can be accessed in Past Recordings. Interested in Lectures?? Join the PLATO Special Events Committee and help us plan our fall offerings.  Email info@platomadison.org

    With Lectures on "vacation," consider a Self-Guided Walk in Madison's Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood or try one of the Self-Guided Bicycling Routes around Madison.  

    THEATER

    Catch The Royale from Lincoln Center Theater before on-demand streaming ends on May 16. The 2016 Obie and Drama Desk Award-winning play is about charismatic African-American boxer Jay "The Sport" Jackson. View all the theater options here: Virtual Theater Trips.

    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 featured work Walking with Mother by Grethe Brix-J Leer is enhanced by a brief audio artist's statement connecting special Mother's Day memories with aspects in her collage. 

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    The next PLATO Virtual Breakfast will be Friday, May 21 from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Click below for more information and the link to join the online gathering. 

    Note: This will be the last virtual gathering; we're taking a break and hope to resume our in-person breakfasts at The University Club sometime this fall.

    MORE INFO 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    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. May highlights include a new featured book that grew from a popular YouTube series.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

  • May 04, 2021 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    May 4, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    COMING NEXT WEEK: The Summer Course Schedule and Registration information will be posted on Tuesday, May 11. Watch for details here and on the Courses Page.

    COURSES PAGE 


    LECTURES & THEATER

    LECTURES 

    THIS WEEK: There is still time to register! THURSDAY, 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.

    ATTENTION LECTURE FANS: Our online lecture series will take a "summer break" starting next week.  See you in September when we'll be back! In the meantime, watch for announcements about more Dane County walks being planned.

    THEATER

    Critics and audiences have fallen for Daniel J. Watts' The Jam: Only Child. This powerful and playful new show will take you on a musical journey through growing up in loving chaos in the 90's, the awkwardness of adolescence, and sorting through the past as an adult.  View all the theater options here: Virtual Theater Trips.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    ELECTION FOR PLATO 2021-22 BOARD
    Voting Ends Wednesday evening, May 5th
     

    This Wednesday is the last day for voting on the slate of officers and 2 new At-Large Board members who will serve in 2021-2022.  If you haven't already voted and are a PLATO member please vote today!

    To NOMINEE Info & BALLOT Link 


    2021 MEMBERSHIP SURVEY RESULTS

    Thanks to those who shared feedback in our recent membership survey; we had a 48% response rate.  Key findings were that two-thirds of respondents would be willing to participate in both online and in-person courses and lectures in the future, which gives Curriculum and Special Events Committees some flexibility as they develop programming for next year.  

    The Agora received relatively broad support of PLATO members to continue their work, and the results pointed out an opportunity to find efficiencies in reducing the number of printed copies. 

    Also of note is that 30 members asked about opportunities to coordinate a course, and 57 members asked for information about serving on a committee. As a volunteer organization PLATO values its volunteer members! 

    Click here for a more detailed summary of the Survey results


    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 featured work, Your Danish Hope Chest, a poem by Norman Leer, includes the author reading his work and speaking to its origin.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    The next PLATO Virtual Breakfast will be this Friday, May 7 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. 

    MORE INFO 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    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. May highlights include a new featured book that grew from a popular YouTube series.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

  • April 27, 2021 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    April 27, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    COMING SOON! The Summer Course Schedule and Registration will open on Tuesday, May 11-- just 2 weeks away. All Summer courses will be online.  

    COURSES PAGE 


    LECTURES & THEATER

    LECTURES 

    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.

    THEATER

    Take a Virtual Theater Trip this week! Two great options for your viewing pleasure: 

    • From TheaterWorks:   The Sound Inside - In this intensely intimate and haunting story, a creative writing professor encounters a brilliant and mysterious student.  Mike Fischer, former theater critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says, "I can't recommend it highly enough." The Broadway production was nominated for 6 Tony Awards.
    • From the Writers Theatre:  The Last Match - When a young Russian tennis phenom and an American superstar in his prime meet at center court, it's a tough call whether the greatest drama is playing-out off the court or on. 

    BIKING AROUND MADISON

    The PLATO website offers Self-Guided Bicycling Routes Around Madison. Explore the City and surrounding area on one of 5 routes:  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. Happy Cycling!

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    ELECTION FOR PLATO 2021-22 BOARD
    Open Now Through May 5th 

    Online voting is now available for the election of officers and 2 new At-Large PLATO Board members who will serve in the 2021-2022 membership year.  If you haven't already voted and are a PLATO member please vote today!

    To NOMINEE Info & BALLOT Link 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. Refresh with this week's featured work, Foundation Cranes, a sculpture by Donald Tubesing.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    The next PLATO Virtual Breakfast will be Friday, May 7 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. 

    MORE INFO 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    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 a new featured book title, The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

  • April 20, 2021 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    April 20, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    The Curriculum Committee has developed a library of class videos from two 2020-21 courses: Whither the State and Pathways to a Sustainable PlanetBoth courses have many guest speakers discussing challenging and timely topics. 

    Consider public policy 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 learn about energy and sustainability concerns like, Can nuclear energy production really be done safely in seismically active areas? (Pathways to a Sustainable Planet, April 12).

    The Courses Page has links to these and other class videos.

    COURSES PAGE 


    LECTURES & THEATER


    LECTURES
     

    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.

    THEATER

    To watch or not to watch? That is the question! We have 2 Shakespearean options on the Virtual Theater Trips page to choose from:  Romeo and Juliet, the PBS Great Performances/National Theatre contemporary production, updated with actors from The Crown and Fargo, and Measure for Measure, the Goodman Theatre's 2013 production. 

    WALKS

    NEW May 11: Walk the Camrock Trail along Koshkonong Creek.  This is the first of the local walks planned for this year.  As we cautiously resume this outdoor activity, capacity will be limited to allow for social distancing.  Face masks will be required.  The Walk's information page contains details about our Covid safety protocols.

    NEW June 11: Walk the Olin-Turville Conservancy Park. A natural gem on the shores of Lake Monona, this is the second of our planned walks.  Capacity will be limited to allow for social distancing. Face masks will be required.  The Walk's information page contains details about our COVID safety protocols.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    ELECTION FOR PLATO 2021-22 BOARD 
    BEGINS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 

    Tomorrow, members will receive an email with a link to vote on officers who will serve during our next membership year plus 2 At-Large Board members who will serve 3-year terms.

    As provided in our bylaws, the slate was selected by the Nominating Committee and is presented for your approval. The Nominating Committee thanks the individuals who agreed to be listed. 

    Watch for a PLATO email on Wednesday, April 21 with your link to the Ballot. Voting will close on Wednesday, May 5 at midnight.

    NOMINEE BIOGRAPHIES 


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. Refresh your mind with this week's featured work and scroll through the Features page to appreciate past weekly highlights.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    The next PLATO Virtual Breakfast will be Friday, May 7 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. 

    MORE INFO 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    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 a new featured book title.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

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


    PLATO Weekly Update

    April 13, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    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.

    COURSES PAGE 


    LECTURES & THEATER

    LECTURES 

    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.

    THEATER

    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. 

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    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.


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    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.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    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. 

    MORE INFO 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
    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.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

  • April 06, 2021 5:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    April 6, 2021

    CURRICULUM

    If you're planning your Summer, Fall, or even next Winter's calendar, be sure to include PLATO course registration and semester dates. All information about Courses is posted on the COURSES page.

    Click below then scroll to "2021 Courses Related Calendar" (right-hand column).

    COURSES PAGE 


    LECTURES & THEATER

    LECTURES 

    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.

    THEATER

    New performances have been added and some are to expire April 11.  Review what's new and what's leaving on the Virtual Theater Trips page.  One of the additions is Duchess! Duchess! Duchess! from Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre.  It's loosely inspired by Meghan Markle and the royal family and uses the monarchy to investigate how society's institutions of power affect Black women.  Also added: Spotlight on Plays: 7 Great Plays by 7 Great Playwrights.  This is a series of livestream readings of Broadway's best plays to benefit The Actors Fund. 

    AND MORE . . .

    Now that it's getting warm, cycling enthusiasts may want to go for those first Spring rides. The PLATO website offers Self-Guided Bicycling Routes Around Madison. Explore the City and surrounding area on one of 5 routes:  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. Happy Cycling!

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    WEEKLY UPDATE -- Also Available On The Web!  

    NEW: These 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 (see the blue menu bar).


    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 present "Contentment" --a sculpture by Donald Tubesing.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    The next PLATO Virtual Breakfast will be 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. 

    MORE INFO 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS
    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.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

  • March 30, 2021 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    March 30, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Are you planning your Summer, Fall, or even next Winter's calendar? All information about Courses, including Registration and Semester Start Dates is posted on the COURSES page! 

    Click the link below then scroll to "2021 Courses Related Calendar" in the right-hand column.

    COURSES PAGE 


    LECTURES & THEATER

    LECTURES 

    APRIL 6: Hidden in Plain Sight: Native American Cultural Landscape Omar Poler, Indigenous Education Coordinator, UW-Madison Office of the Provost/School of Education, talks about the Native American cultural landscape that is present all around us.

    NEW! 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.

    Lectures are recorded and available online through the PAST RECORDINGS link in the menu bar on the PLATO website.  There are now 10 lecture recordings for you to enjoy!


    THEATER

    Several wonderful shows such as Dining With the Ancestors from the Guthrie Theater are in their final days, so catch them while they last. Find a link to this play and more, including information on APT's six-show, reduced capacity summer season and the online versions of their shows, on PLATO's Virtual Theater Trips page.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    UPDATE ON PLATO's OFFICE OPERATIONS
      

    As we posted here in the Weekly Update last December, our relationship with the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) is changing, but not ending.  Currently we pay an administrative fee to DCS, and they provide us with office support.  Beginning later this year that is changing.  Most of what changes will take place behind the scenes, and most members will not likely see any differences in the services and programs they enjoy.  The financial impact of these changes on our organization is not yet clear, but it will affect PLATO’s budget and dues in future years.

    PLATO is soliciting proposals from independent contractors to perform the administrative services that we have received from DCS in the past.  Depending on how well the recruitment goes, we hope that a new contractor will be in place sometime this summer.  We will continue to keep you updated on these developments. 


    PLATO MEMBER SURVEY DUE 
    BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31

    On March 17 members received a brief satisfaction survey regarding your experiences with PLATO, particularly during the past year when in-person programs were suspended.  Your feedback will help the PLATO board and committee volunteers prepare for future programming. 

    The survey was emailed to you from Russell Consulting -"noreply @alchemer.com"with the subject line "Invitation to Complete the PLATO Member Survey 2021". Please take a few minutes to let PLATO know how best to address your interests and preferences. The survey responses are due no later than March 31.

    Your involvement and support of PLATO is very important! If you have already completed the survey, Thank you! 


    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 Featured work is abloom with "Crazy Daisies" in a collage photo from Jo Simons.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    The next PLATO Virtual Breakfast will be Friday, April 2nd 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. 

    MORE INFO 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

    Suggested readings, films, activities, and podcasts.

    Select from a range of topics and formats for your early spring reading, viewing, or listening, curated by PLATO's Diversity Awareness Committee.  Our April highlights include several new video offerings from PBS Wisconsin.

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

  • March 23, 2021 10:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update

    March 23, 2021


    CURRICULUM

    Could you be a course coordinator? Read all about coordinating courses and see if this is a way you can share your interests with others in PLATO! 

    COURSES PAGE 


    LECTURES & THEATER

    LECTURES 

    APRIL 6: Hidden in Plain Sight: Native American Cultural Landscape Omar Poler, Indigenous Education Coordinator, UW-Madison Office of the Provost/School of Education, talks about the Native American cultural landscape that is present all around us.

    Did you serve in the Peace Corps?  If yes, and you want to help plan a fall PLATO lecture honoring the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps, please contact Tim Otis: tierneyotis@gmail.com 


    THEATER

    LOTS of new drama this week and coming up -- from George Takei's Allegiance, to Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's amazing productions of The Island and The Way She Spoke, or Lincoln Center's VANYA and SONIA and MASHA and SPIKE, and The Irish Repertory Theater's offering, The Aran Islands.  These and so much more are included on PLATO's Virtual Theater Trips page.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    PLATO ANNUAL ELECTION: 
    NOMINEES FOR 2021-2022 BOARD 

    Each year PLATO members vote on the Board of Directors officers who will serve during the next membership year plus At-Large board members who will serve new 3 year terms. This spring online voting for these 2021-2022 board positions will take place from Wednesday, April 21 through Wednesday, May 5. An email with a link to the online Ballot will be sent on April 21.

    Biographies of candidates on the Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates for the 2021-2022 officer and board positions are on the PLATO website. The Nominating Committee thanks all the individuals who agreed to be listed. 

    BOARD NOMINEES 


    PLATO MEMBER SURVEY DUE BY MARCH 31

    On March 17 members received a brief satisfaction survey regarding your experiences with PLATO, particularly during the past year when in-person programs were suspended.  Your feedback will help the PLATO board and committee volunteers prepare for future programming. 

    The survey was emailed to you from Russell Consulting -"noreply @alchemer.com"with the subject line "Invitation to Complete the PLATO Member Survey 2021". Please take a few minutes to let PLATO know how best to address your interests and preferences. The survey responses are due no later than March 31. Your involvement and support of PLATO is very important! If you have already completed the survey, Thank you


    FEATURED AGORA WORKS

    Each weekwe offer for your enjoyment, a featured piece from contributors to PLATO's Agora arts and ideas journal. Refresh your mind with this week's featured work and scroll through the Features page to appreciate past weekly highlights.

    AGORA FEATURE 


    SOCIAL GATHERINGS

    The next PLATO Virtual Breakfast will be Friday, April 2nd 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. 

    MORE INFO 


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

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE LISTINGS 

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