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  • July 25, 2023 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update 

    July 25, 2023


    CURRICULUM

    CANCELLATION
    Film History: The Early Fifties, taught by Jim O’Brien, is cancelled for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26.

    FALL COURSES

    · Tuesday, August 22: The Fall Course Schedule will be announced and registration opens.

    · The Week of September 18: Fall Courses begin.

    COURSES PAGE


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    BREAKFAST GATHERING
    THIS WEEK!
     Fourth Friday Breakfast – We will meet at the Rotunda Cafe in Lake Ridge Bank from 9:30am – 11:30pm. Note that Sally Porter and Sharon Scrattish will co-host this gathering – to RSVP please email Susan Scrattish by Wednesday, July 26. Learn more and RSVP here.

    NEXT MONTH! Second Friday Breakfast – We will meet at the Memorial Union Terrace on the UW campus from 10:30am – 12:30pm on August 11Learn more and RSVP here. 

    FIELD TRIP
    Monday, September 11, 2023 – Join us in a visit to the beautiful house and grounds of Black Point Estate followed by lunch and exploration in Lake Geneva, WI. A late summer jaunt to one of Wisconsin's historic resort towns, favored by the rich and famous since the late 19th century. Learn more and register here.

    WALK
    Tuesday, September 12, 2023 – Enjoy a very special walk through Faville Grove Sanctuary near Lake Mills, WI, with limited registration due to the Madison Audubon conservators' concern for impacting this restored landscape. A wait list will be maintained for possible late openings. Learn more and register here.

    LECTURES
    Beat the heat in the cool comfort of home with archived PLATO Lectures.

    BIKE RIDES
    Explore Madison with five self-guided bicycling routes around Madison.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


    SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENT

    New PLATO Member-at-Large: Gail Bergman

    PLATO's Board has unanimously voted to install Gail Bergman as a Member-at-Large for the remaining 2 years (2023-2025) of the open seat. This opening was created when MaryJo MacSwain became Chair of the Diversity Awareness Committee. Big thanks to Kathy Michaelis for her long commitment serving as Chair of the Diversity Awareness Committee, and a big welcome to Gail!


    THE AGORA

    A juried literary magazine published by PLATO 
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought.

    COMING THIS FALL – The AgoraVolume 8! The Agora Editorial Team is pleased to announce that Volume 8 is in the final stages of production and copies will be mailed this Fall. Please note that members can choose to opt-out of receiving a print copy of The Agora, Volume 8 by visiting their PLATO member profile. If you previously opted-out, your preference will continue to be honored. Please email info@platomadison.org if you have questions about this.

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

    THE AGORA FEATURES


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

    DID YOU KNOW? for July 10 – 31, 2023   

    Cecilia Payne (May 10, 1900 ­ – December 7, 1979) was the first person to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.” And in 1950’s, Payne became the first female professor and chair of the Astronomy Department at Harvard. Payne’s work is foundational to the modern study of variable stars. She was also awarded the Henry Norris Russell Prize from the American Astronomical Society.

    Visit the Social Justice page for more about Payne 
    or past DID YOU KNOW? features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE


  • July 18, 2023 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update 

    July 18, 2023



    CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSES
    Questions about Summer Courses? Find answers on the Courses webpage.

    FALL COURSES

    · Tuesday, August 22: The Fall Course Schedule will be announced and registration opens.

    · The Week of September 18: Fall Courses begin.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    SUMMER WALK
    NEXT WEEK – only seven spaces left! Join us on Tuesday, July 25 from 9 –11:30am for a three-mile walk along Koshkonong Creek in the beautiful Camrock Park. We’ll start at Westside Park in Cambridge where we hope to see a remnant sculpture from the Midwest Fire Festival. Learn more and register here.

    BREAKFAST GATHERING
    NEXT WEEK!
     Fourth Friday Breakfast – new venue! On July 28 at 9:30am we will meet at our new location: Rotunda Cafe in Lake Ridge Bank (formerly Monona Bank) at 1965 Atwood AvenueNote that Sally Porter and Sharon Scrattish will co-host this gathering – to RSVP please email Susan Scrattish by Wednesday, July 26. View photos, learn about parking options, and RSVP here.

    LECTURES
    Archived PLATO Lectures
     offer an educational (and sometimes entertaining!) way to spend a hot summer day.

    BIKE RIDES
    Seize the day with five self-guided bicycling routes around Madison.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENT

    New PLATO Member-at-Large: Gail Bergman

    PLATO's Board has unanimously voted to install Gail Bergman as a Member-at-Large for the remaining 2 years (2023-2025) of the open seat. This opening was created when MaryJo MacSwain became Chair of the Diversity Awareness Committee. Big thanks to Kathy Michaelis for her long commitment serving as Chair of the Diversity Awareness Committee, and a big welcome to Gail!


    THE AGORA

    A juried literary magazine published by PLATO 
    celebrates members’ creativity and diversity of thought.

    COMING THIS FALL – The AgoraVolume 8! The Agora Editorial Team is pleased to announce that Volume 8 is in the final stages of production and copies will be mailed this Fall. Please note that members can choose to opt-out of receiving a print copy of The Agora, Volume 8 by visiting their PLATO member profile. If you previously opted-out, your preference will continue to be honored. Please email info@platomadison.org if you have questions about this.

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

    THE AGORA FEATURES 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

    DID YOU KNOW? for July 10 – 24, 2023   

    Cecilia Payne (May 10, 1900 ­ – December 7, 1979) was the first person to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.” And in 1950’s, Payne became the first female professor and chair of the Astronomy Department at Harvard. Payne’s work is foundational to the modern study of variable stars. She was also awarded the Henry Norris Russell Prize from the American Astronomical Society.

    Visit the Social Justice page for more about Payne 
    or past DID YOU KNOW? features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 


  • July 12, 2023 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PLATO Weekly Update 

    July 11, 2023

     CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSES
    Questions about Summer Courses? Find answers on the Courses webpage.

    FALL COURSES

    · Tuesday, August 22: The Fall Course Schedule will be announced and registration opens.

    · The Week of September 18: Fall Courses begin.

    COURSES PAGE 


    SPECIAL EVENTS

    BREAKFAST GATHERING
    THIS WEEK!
     Second Friday Breakfast – note new venue and time! We will meet at the Memorial Union Terrace on the UW campus from 10:30am – 12:30pm on July 14 and August 11. Learn more and RSVP here.

    SUMMER WALK
    THIS MONTH! Save the date – Tuesday, July 25 from 9 – 11:30am. Stroll along the beautiful Koshkonong Creek during a three mile walk through Camrock Park. We’ll start at Westside Park in Cambridge where we hope to see a remnant sculpture from the Midwest Fire Festival. Learn more and register here.

    LECTURES
    Check out archived 
    PLATO Lectures on many interesting subjects.

    BIKE RIDES
    Discover new things in Madison with five self-guided bicycling routes.

    SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


    THE AGORA

    A juried literary magazine published by PLATO 
    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. 

    THE AGORA FEATURES 


    SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

    DID YOU KNOW? for July 10 – 24, 2023   

    Cecilia Payne (May 10, 1900 ­ – December 7, 1979) was the first person to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.” And in 1950’s, Payne became the first female professor and chair of the Astronomy Department at Harvard. Payne’s work is foundational to the modern study of variable stars. She was also awarded the Henry Norris Russell Prize from the American Astronomical Society.

    Visit the Social Justice page for more about Payne 
    or past DID YOU KNOW? features.

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

    SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 


  • July 04, 2023 12:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PLATO Weekly Update

    July 4, 2023


    CURRICULUM

    SUMMER COURSES
    Questions about Summer Courses? Find answers on 
    the Courses webpage.

    FALL COURSES

    • Tuesday, August 22: The Fall Course Schedule will be announced and registration opens.
    • The Week of September 18: Fall Courses begin.

    HYBRID DEMO FOR COURSE COORDINATORS
    THIS FRIDAY! 
    PLATO offers three types of courses: in-person, virtual, and hybrid. Although some coordinators have told us that their courses work best only as in-person or virtual, it's possible that some courses could work well as hybrid. Come and see if your course could work as a hybrid course at an information session and demonstration on Friday, July 7 at 2:00pm at Bethany United Methodist Church. Experienced coordinators will demo equipment configurations, discuss procedural issues, and share best practices. In true hybrid fashion, join us in person or online! Learn more by clicking the Courses Page button below.

          COURSES PAGE


          SPECIAL EVENTS

          BREAKFAST GATHERING
          NEXT WEEK!
           Second Friday Breakfast – note new venue and time! We will meet at the Memorial Union Terrace on the UW campus from 10:30am – 12:30pm on July 14 and August 11. Learn more and RSVP here.

          SUMMER WALK
          THIS MONTH! Save the date – Tuesday, July 25 from 9 – 11:30am. Stroll along the beautiful Koshkonong Creek during a three mile walk through Camrock Park. We’ll start at Westside Park in Cambridge where we hope to see a remnant sculpture from the Midwest Fire Festival. Learn more and register here.

          LECTURES
          This collection of PLATO Lectures is a treasure trove for lifelong learners!

          BIKE RIDES
          Get out and about with five self-guided bicycling routes around Madison.

          SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


          |THE AGORA

          A juried literary magazine published by PLATO 
          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. 

          THE AGORA FEATURES


          SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

          DID YOU KNOW? for June 26 – July 10, 2023 

          Patricia Roberts Harris (May 31, 1924 – March 23, 1985)
           was the first Black woman to sit on the board of a large U.S. public company. With accolades including service as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, U.S. secretary of housing and urban development, and as U.S. secretary of health and human services, Harris made history when she was elected to the board of IBM in 1971. The organization Black Women on Boards recently shed light on Harris’s history-making directorship and this remarkable achievement is now the subject of the documentary OnBoard.

          Visit the Social Justice page for more about Harris 
          or past DID YOU KNOW? features.

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

          SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE



        • June 27, 2023 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

          PLATO Weekly Update 

          June 27, 2023

           

          CURRICULUM

          SUMMER COURSES
          Find what you need to know about Summer Courses on the Courses webpage.

          HYBRID DEMO FOR COURSE COORDINATORS
          PLATO offers three types of courses: in-person, virtual, and hybrid. Although some coordinators have told us that their courses work best only as in-person or virtual, it's possible that some courses could work well as hybrid. Come and see if your course could work as a hybrid course at an information session and demonstration on Friday, July 7 at 2:00pm at Bethany United Methodist Church. Experienced coordinators will demo equipment configurations, discuss procedural issues, and share best practices. In true hybrid fashion, join us in person or online! Learn more by clicking the Courses Page button below.

          COURSES PAGE 


          SPECIAL EVENTS

          SUMMER WALK
          NEXT MONTH!
           Save the date – Tuesday, July 25 from 9 – 11:30am. Stroll along the beautiful Koshkonong Creek during a three mile walk through Camrock Park. We’ll start at Westside Park in Cambridge where we hope to see a remnant sculpture from the Midwest Fire Festival. Learn more and register here.

          BREAKFAST GATHERING
          NEXT MONTH!
           Second Friday Breakfast – note new venue and time! We will meet at the Memorial Union Terrace on the UW campus from 10:30am – 12:30pm on July 14 and August 11Learn more and RSVP here.

          LECTURES
          Explore a range of topics and ideas from the comfort of home with these recorded 
          PLATO Lectures presented by members and their special guests.

          BIKE RIDES
          Check out five popular self-guided bicycling routes around Madison.

          SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


          THE AGORA

          A juried literary magazine published by PLATO 
          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. 

          THE AGORA FEATURES 


          SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

          DID YOU KNOW? for June 26 – July 10, 2023  

          Patricia Roberts Harris (May 31, 1924 – March 23, 1985) was the first Black woman to sit on the board of a large U.S. public company. With accolades including service as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg, U.S. secretary of housing and urban development, and as U.S. secretary of health and human services, Harris made history when she was elected to the board of IBM in 1971. The organization Black Women on Boards recently shed light on Harris’s history-making directorship and this remarkable achievement is now the subject of the documentary OnBoard.

          Visit the Social Justice page for more about Harris 
          or past DID YOU KNOW? features.

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

          SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 



        • June 20, 2023 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


          PLATO Weekly Update

           June 20, 2023

           

          CURRICULUM

          SUMMER COURSES
          Have a question about a Summer course? Find answers on the Courses webpage.  

          HYBRID DEMO FOR COURSE COORDINATORS
          Many PLATO members would like to attend in-person courses but are limited to online offerings, while others favor interacting face-to-face. Could you accommodate both by providing access for in-person and online participants? Possibly! Explore hybrid options at an information session and demonstration on Friday, July 7 at 2:00pm at Bethany United Methodist Church. Experienced coordinators will demo equipment configurations, discuss procedural issues, and share best practices. In true hybrid fashion, join us in person or online! Learn more by clicking the Courses Page button below.

          COURSES PAGE 


          SPECIAL EVENTS

          FIELD TRIP
          TOMORROW! Wednesday, June 21 is our trip to Historic Dubuque, Iowa, and the Mississippi River Museum. Registration has closed. View photos and review trip details here.  

          BREAKFAST GATHERING
          THIS WEEK!
           Fourth Friday Breakfast – new venue! On June 23 at  9:30am we will meet in a new location: Rotunda Cafe in Lake Ridge Bank (formerly Monona Bank) at 1965 Atwood AvenueView photos, learn about parking options, and RSVP here.

          LECTURES
          TODAY ONLY – PLATO members are invited to watch Nuclear Now, an Oliver Stone film, from the convenience of home today by clicking this link to register and using this case-sensitive passcode: roco323This is the last day this film is available using this link and passcode. Email Richard Steeves if you have questions about registration or if you would like to participate in a group discussion of this important documentary via Zoom in the near future.

          Enjoy recorded PLATO Lectures on a range of fascinating subjects.

          BIKE RIDES
          Celebrate Summer in Madison with these self-guided bicycling routes.

          SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR 


          THE AGORA

          A juried literary magazine published by PLATO 
          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. 

          THE AGORA FEATURES 


          SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

          DID YOU KNOW? for June 13 – 26, 2023 

          Zitkala-ŠaLakota for Red Bird, aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (February 22, 1876 – January 26, 1938) was a political activist who found work wearing many hats – as a Yankton Dakota writer, editor, translator, musician, and educator. Zitkala-Ša recounted her struggles with cultural identity, emphasizing the friction between the majority culture in which she was educated and the Dakota culture into which she was born and initially raised. Her work helped bring traditional Native stories to a mainstream audience and influenced Congress to pass the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

          Visit the Social Justice page for more about Zitkala-Ša 
          or past DID YOU KNOW? features.

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

          SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE 


        • June 13, 2023 12:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


          PLATO Weekly Update 

          June 13, 2023


          CURRICULUM

          SUMMER COURSES
          Summer courses are in full swing! You may still be able to register for some courses by contacting the course coordinator. Find the schedule for in-person, virtual, and hybrid courses on the Courses webpage.  

          COURSES PAGE

          SPECIAL EVENTS

          TOMORROW – we look forward to seeing pre-registered members and their guests at PLATO's Annual Meeting held at The Goodman Community Center's BRASS WORKS BUILDING. Note the address on the building is 214 Waubesa St – but if you use Google Maps it will say that it is located at 206 Waubesa St. Find venue and parking details here.

          FIELD TRIP
          NEXT WEEK! Wednesday, June 21 is our trip to Historic Dubuque, Iowa, and the Mississippi River Museum. Registration has closed. View photos and review trip details here.  

          BREAKFAST GATHERING
          NEXT WEEK!
           Fourth Friday Breakfast – new venue! On June 23 at  9:30am we will meet in a new location: Monona Bank's Rotunda Café located at 1965 Atwood Ave. View photos, learn about parking options, and RSVP here.

          LECTURES
          CANCELLED – group screening of Nuclear Now, on Friday, July 14, due to copyright complications. However, PLATO members are invited to watch this Oliver Stone film from the convenience of home at any time before June 20 by clicking this link to register and using this case-sensitive passcode:
          NNR-0623Email Richard Steeves if you have questions about registration or if you would like to participate in a group discussion of this important documentary via Zoom in the near future.

          Dive into new topics of interest through recorded PLATO Lectures.

          BIKE RIDES
          Discover new Madison neighborhoods through self-guided bicycling routes.

          SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


          THE AGORA

          A juried literary magazine published by PLATO 
          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. 

          THE AGORA FEATURES


          SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

          DID YOU KNOW? for June 13 – 26, 2023 

          Zitkala-ŠaLakota for Red Bird, aka Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (February 22, 1876 – January 26, 1938) was a political activist who found work wearing many hats – as a Yankton Dakota writer, editor, translator, musician, and educator. Zitkala-Ša recounted her struggles with cultural identity, emphasizing the friction between the majority culture in which she was educated and the Dakota culture into which she was born and initially raised. Her work helped bring traditional Native stories to a mainstream audience and influenced Congress to pass the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

          Visit the Social Justice page for more about Zitkala-Ša 
          or past DID YOU KNOW? features.

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

          SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE


        • June 06, 2023 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


          PLATO Weekly Update

          June 6, 2023

          CURRICULUM

          SUMMER COURSES
          NEW! Summer courses begin this week! You may still be able to register for some courses by contacting the course coordinator. Find the schedule for in-person, virtual, and hybrid courses on the Courses webpage.  

          COURSES PAGE


          SPECIAL EVENTS

          Registration required by this Friday, June 9! This free, special event offers an opportunity to socialize, catch up on PLATO business and enjoy a Keynote presentation on “The Story of the Discovery, Recovery and Preservation of the Lake Mendota Canoes”. Register and learn more here.

          BREAKFAST GATHERING
          THIS WEEK!
           Second Friday Breakfast – new venue and time! We will move outdoors this Summer to the Memorial Union Terrace on the UW campus and gather from 10:30am – 12:30pm on June 9, July 14 and August 11RSVP and learn more here.

          PLEASE NOTE – Fourth Friday Breakfasts will be moving to a new location on the east side of Madison. Details coming soon.

          FIELD TRIP
          THIS MONTH! Registration deadline extended to Monday, June 12 for our trip to Historic Dubuque, Iowa, and the Mississippi River Museum on Wednesday, June 21. One participant will bring her grandchild as a guest and suggests others might like to do the same. The downtown Dubuque funicular and the amazing Mississippi River Museum with live animal exhibits will fascinate any child, as well as you. View photos, learn more and register here.  

          LECTURES
          SAVE THE DATE! Join us for a virtual screening of Nuclear Now, on Friday, July 14 at 1pm. Written by Oliver Stone and Joshua S. Goldstein, this film makes a case that nuclear energy may be the key missing ingredient to addressing the crisis of climate change. Hailed as "the most informative film ever" by James Hansen, Columbia University's Director of Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions, Nuclear Now is an Official Selection of the 2022 Venice International Film Festival. 

          Check out recorded PLATO Lectures on a variety of timely topics.

          BIKE RIDES
          Explore Madison with these self-guided bicycling routes.

          SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


          THE AGORA

          A juried literary magazine published by PLATO 
          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. 

          THE AGORA FEATURES


          SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

          DID YOU KNOW? for May 30 – June 12, 2023  

          Alice Ball (July 24, 1892 – December 31, 1916) was a black chemist in Hawaii who at the age of 23 in 1915 discovered a way of treating leprosy before antibiotics. Unfortunately, others claimed credit for it. Scholar Paul Wermager explains, “Not only did Alice Ball overcome the racial and gender barriers of her time to become one of the very few African American women to earn a master’s degree in chemistry, [but she] also developed the first useful treatment for Hansen’s disease. Her amazing life was cut too short at the age of 24. Who knows what other marvelous work she could have accomplished had she lived.” 

          Visit the Social Justice page for more about Alice Ball
          or past DID YOU KNOW? features.

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

          SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE


        • May 30, 2023 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


          PLATO Weekly Update

          May 30, 2023

          CURRICULUM

          SUMMER COURSES
          NEXT WEEK – most Summer Courses begin! Find the schedule for in-person, virtual and hybrid options on the Courses webpage. Some courses still have room, so register today!

          COURSES PAGE


          SPECIAL EVENTS

          ANNUAL MEETING & REFRESHMENTS
          TWO WEEKS AWAY! RSVP by Friday, June 9! Members and their guests are invited to socialize, catch up on PLATO business and enjoy Keynote Speaker Amy L. Rosebrough, Interim State Archeologist, present “The Story of the Discovery, Recovery and Preservation of the Lake Mendota Canoes”. This free, special event will take place on Wednesday, June 14 from 12:30 – 3pm at The Goodman Community Center's BRASSWORKS buildingRSVP and learn more here.

          FIELD TRIP
          NEXT MONTH! Wait no longer – register by Tuesday, June 6 for our trip to Historic Dubuque, Iowa, and the Mississippi River Museum on Wednesday, June 21. One participant will bring her grandchild as a guest and suggests others might like to do the same. The downtown Dubuque funicular and the amazing Mississippi River Museum with live animal exhibits will fascinate any child, as well as you. View photos, learn more and register here.  

          BREAKFAST GATHERING
          NEXT WEEK!
           Second Friday Breakfast – new venue and time! We will move outdoors this Summer to the Memorial Union Terrace on the UW campus and gather from 10:30am – 12:30pm on June 9, July 14 and August 11Learn more and RSVP here.

          PLEASE NOTE – Fourth Friday Breakfasts will be moving to a new location on the east side of Madison. Details will follow.

          BIKE RIDES
          Check out new areas of Madison with these self-guided bicycling routes.

          LECTURES

          Expand your horizons
           with recorded PLATO Lectures offered by PLATO members and special guests who share their knowledge on many topics.

          SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


          THE AGORA

          A juried literary magazine published by PLATO 
          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.

          THE AGORA FEATURES


          SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

          DID YOU KNOW? for May 30 – June 12, 2023  

          Alice Ball (July 24, 1892 – December 31, 1916) was a black chemist in Hawaii who at the age of 23 in 1915 discovered a way of treating leprosy before antibiotics. Unfortunately, others claimed credit for it. Scholar Paul Wermager explains, “Not only did Alice Ball overcome the racial and gender barriers of her time to become one of the very few African American women to earn a master’s degree in chemistry, [but she] also developed the first useful treatment for Hansen’s disease. Her amazing life was cut too short at the age of 24. Who knows what other marvelous work she could have accomplished had she lived.” 

          Visit the Social Justice page for more about Alice Ball
          or past DID YOU KNOW? features.

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

          SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE


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          PLATO Weekly Update

           May 23, 2023

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          REGISTER FOR ANNUAL MEETING


          CURRICULUM

          SUMMER COURSES
          Registration for Summer Courses continues!
           Find the schedule on the Courses webpage. Most Summer Courses will begin the week of June 5, with in-person, virtual and hybrid options.

          PLEASE NOTE
          An additional course has been added: Short Stories & Essays
           on Tuesdays, 10am–12pm, at Covenant Presbyterian Church. To register, email Irv Klibaner.

          COURSES PAGE


          SPECIAL EVENTS

          LECTURES
          THIS WEEK! 
          Join us on Thursday, May 25 at 2:00pm for We Gotta Get Out of this Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War. This presentation by Doug Bradley and the Vets on Frets explores how and why U.S. troops in Vietnam turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the world back home. This special event will be held at Oakwood Village West Performing Arts Center. Registration is not required and there is free parking. Learn more here

          Enjoy recorded PLATO Lectures offered by PLATO members and special guests who share their expertise on a variety of subjects.

          BREAKFAST GATHERING
          THIS WEEK!
           Fourth Friday, May 26 at 9:30am, join fellow PLATO members and guests for breakfast and conversation at Marquette Hotel Café in Madison's Williamson-Marquette neighborhood. Learn more and RSVP here. Fourth Friday Breakfasts will continue to meet at the Marquette Hotel Café throughout the Summer. 

          PLEASE NOTE
          NEW VENUE AND TIME for Second Friday Breakfasts. We will move outdoors this Summer to the Memorial Union Terrace on the UW campus and gather from 10:30am -12:30pm on June 9, July 14 and August 11Learn more and RSVP here.

          FIELD TRIP
          NEXT MONTH! Register today to visit Historic Dubuque, Iowa, and the Mississippi River Museum on Wednesday, June 21. The registration deadline is Tuesday, June 6. View photos, learn more and register here.

          BIKE RIDERS
          Check out new areas of Madison with these self-guided bicycling routes.

          SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR


          PLATO FACEBOOK RELAUNCH

          VISIT & SHARE
          PLATO’s Facebook page, @platomadison, 
          is relaunched with new features and exciting information about PLATO activities! Please visit our page and share it with others who may be interested in PLATO. See the special email sent on Monday, May 15 for more details.

          PLEASE NOTE
          PLATO's Tuesday Weekly Update emails are still the best source for PLATO news. PLATO's Facebook Page is intended to supplement the Weekly Update and extend PLATO's visibility in the broader community.

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          PLATO FACEBOOK PAGE


          ELECTION RESULTS FOR PLATO 2023-24 BOARD

          The annual election is now completed. Congratulations to President Rod McKenzie, Vice President Mike Kernats, Secretary Edie Urness-Pondillo, Treasurer Jatinder Cheema and two new At-Large Directors Marian Fisher and Tobey Marsceill. 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, 2023. Learn about PLATO's structure, policies and more on the Organizational Documents webpage.


          THE AGORA

          A juried literary magazine published by PLATO 
          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. 

          THE AGORA FEATURES


          SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS & READINGS

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

          DID YOU KNOW? for May 9 – 22, 2023 

          The Indian Citizenship Act, established on June 2, 1924, was enacted by Congress to grant citizenship to all Native Americans born in the United States. However, some states barred Native Americans from voting until 1957. Learn more about the Indian Citizenship Act and the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887 which had devastating on Native American people and their culture.

          Visit the Social Justice page for more about the Indian Citizenship Act 
          or past DID YOU KNOW? features.

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

          SOCIAL JUSTICE PAGE


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