Upcoming events

    • November 27, 2019
    • May 22, 2020
    • 12 sessions
    Breakfast 
    Get-Togethers
    On
    2nd and 4th Fridays
     on Campus and East Side


    NOTE:

    NEW LOCATION STARTING November 27, 2019:

    On the fourth Friday of each month we will meet at the Monona Garden Restaurant, 6501 Bridge Road in Monona.  More information follows: 


    Make new friends, meet new PLATO members and folks there for a cup of coffee. 

        2nd Friday @ The University Club

          and 

         4th Friday @ Monona Garden Restaurant


    2nd Friday at University Club: 


    Campus Breakfast at University Club on "UW's Library Mall":

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 

    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Breakfast Menu and hours
    • Place: University Club, 803 State Street, "on Library Mall" 
    • Ask for the PLATO breakfast location
    • Parking: Parking available under Helen C. White and the City's  Lake Street public ramp.
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming the Wednesday before the breakfast by email or phone (sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050)
    • Location of University Club: 
    803 State St, Madison, WI 53703
    On the Library Mall

    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.

    com or 608 280 8050

     

    Eastside location on 4th Friday @ Monona Garden Restaurant 


     Breakfast at Monona Garden Restaurant:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Monona Garden Restaurant
    • Full service, casual, upbeat, family-friendly restaurant. 
    • Parking: Parking is available in the Restaurant surface lot. 
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone, below.
    • Location of Restaurant: 
          6501 Bridge Road 

          Monona, WI   53713

           (608) 223-9707 

    Questions? 

    Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050




     



    • January 28, 2020
    • February 21, 2020

    Spring Course Enrollment Opens on Tuesday January 28, 2020.

    Each Spring PLATO offers around 40 courses.  

    Many courses continue each semester with new ideas and discussions. New courses added this Spring 2020, include: The Evolution of the Beatles Music, Drawing as a Sacred Activity, and SoulCollage.

    Be sure to enroll in courses that have participant limits soon.

    As some courses become more popular, we add another section. If you cannot get into one course section, check out the other one. As an example, there are two Current Events, one session on Wednesday morning and the other session on Wednesday afternoon. Each session has a different coordinator and may be organized in a different way. We will continue to look for additional coordinators who would be willing to offer sections for future popular courses.

    For all the courses, check to see if you need to contact the coordinator to enroll or if you can just show up for the first class.

    Enrollment for courses always begins four weeks before the courses start. Also, the beginning of the course enrollment begins on a Tuesday and is announced in the PLATO weekly email.

    Also, the beginning of the course enrollment begins on a Tuesday and is announced in the PLATO weekly email.

    Link to: Spring Course Schedule  

         
    • February 07, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Oro's Executive Dining Room, 1st Floor, Fluno Center, 601 University Avenue
    • 24


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    Beginning at 11:30 am, we'll meet at Oro's Executive Dining Room on the first floor of the Fluno Center.  Ask for the PLATO table. 

    Please call ahead to let them know the dates that you plan to dine at the PLATO table.  Oro's staff appreciate knowing roughly how many people are coming so they can set aside tables for us.  For reservations call

    Tivvi Mauer at (608) 441-7310 

    or contact the dining room directly at (608) 441-7101.

    The Oros Executive Dining Room is open to the public and offers a buffet lunch serving locally fresh and sustainable seasonal fare. "Be sure to save room for our delectable house-made dessert selections". 

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.   

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the UW Alumni Association and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association: 

    Registration

     

     


    • February 07, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Fluno Center, Howard Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715


    This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.

    Understanding and Addressing the Rise of Vaccine Hesitancy

    Registration

    Global Hotspots lectures are an offering of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and are supported, in part, by PLATO.  To signup for the lecture, click the Registration button below:

    Registration

    About the event

    Successes presented by immunizations are threatened — both domestically and internationally — by the rise in vaccine hesitancy. Gain insight on the importance of maintaining high levels of “community immunity,” the reasons behind this trend toward vaccine refusal, the public health impacts, and methods for trying to sustain worldwide progress in the battle against vaccine-preventable disease.

    The speaker

    James Conway, professor of pediatrics, UW–Madison; director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program; director, Office of Global Health, UW–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health; associate director, Global Health Institute, UW–Madison; medical director, UW Health Immunization Program

    About the speaker

    While maintaining a busy clinical practice, Conway is responsible for coordinating global health educational programs involving health-profession students at UW–Madison, as well as oversight of international programs in the UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health. He is involved in projects that help improve immunization coverage in the U.S. and abroad, and he serves on the Wisconsin Council on Immunization Practice. He currently serves as technical adviser for a five-year collaboration between the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control, working with pediatrics professional organizations worldwide on vaccine advocacy activities. Conway is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and he received an AAP Special Achievement Award in 2009 for his global immunization projects.

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

    Public parking is available in the Fluno Center garage (Lot 83) at 314 N. Frances Street, in Lot 46 at 301 N. Lake Street, or in the State Street ramp at 415 N. Lake Street.

    This Global Hot Spots event — brought to you by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, the Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO), and the International Division — offers a great way to stay up-to-date on current issues, connect with Badger alumni, and hear from a UW–Madison expert!

    Questions? Contact Joe D’Amato ’15 at joe.damato@supportuw.org or 1-608-308-5537.


    PLATO Luncheon Prior to the Lecture

    REMINDER:  Preceding the lecture, PLATO members will gather for lunch at Oro's Executive Restaurant on the first floor of the Fluno Center.  For a list of PLATO social events including this luncheon, click on the button below:

    Social Events


    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf
    • February 19, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street

    The PLATO Spring Open House is held the third Wednesday in February.

    This year the date is February 19. It will be held at the Madison Senior Center from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

    At the Spring Open House, meet the coordinators from the 40+ courses that are offered every Spring.  Members, new members and interested individuals can speak with coordinators about their course, pick up any handouts, etc.  and get excited about the courses beginning the following week. 

    Special Events committee members are on hand to answer questions about: current and upcoming trips, Breakfast Get- Togethers, walking tours of local, county and state parks in the Dane County area, and Lectures. 

    Other committees with representatives are Diversity, membership, scholarship fund, as well as a representative of the membership published Agora magazine.

    As you enter the Senior Center stop at the Curriculum table to pick up a course schedule. Then move about the room talking with committee and coordinators members - all are volunteers, putting Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) into action.

    Volunteers keep all our activities going strong.  Please consider becoming involved.

    New members are invited to stop at the Membership and the Board table to find out more about PLATO activities and the many benefits in becoming a member.

    • February 24, 2020

    Spring Courses begin the week of February 24, 2020

    Most of the 43 Spring courses begin the week of February 24.  But check the individual course listings to see if the course you enrolled in has a different beginning week.

    Because so many different courses are offered in the Spring session, there is something for everyone.  Bob Fry and Jim O’Brien will be bringing back the International Film Festival since the renovations at Capital Lakes are finished. The five other courses that meet at Capital Lakes will be back there too. Russian History with coordinator Bruce Fischer will be back at Monona Library. Madison Senior Center will be hosting 10 returning courses including Exploring Great English Literature, Continuing Philosophy, and Life Maps. Check out the many returning courses at the various host locations this Spring.

    We also welcome the three new PLATO coordinators and their courses. Evolution of the Beatles music will be at Oakwood West; Drawing as a Sacred Activity will be at Bethany church; and Soulcollage will be held at a new host location, Tennyson Retirement Community.

    Click on Spring Courses Schedule 2020 link and you will see the variety that is offered by many volunteer coordinators.

    Link to  Spring Courses Schedule 2020

    • March 25, 2020
    • Milwaukee
    • 32
    Register


    ECLIPSED @ Milwaukee Rep
    Quadracci Powerhouse

    Wednesday, MaRCH 25, 2020

    Registration Deadline February 24

    A Gripping Portrait of War and Sisterhood

    Written by actress-playwright Danai Gurira (Black Panther, The Walking Dead) comes a stunning tale of hope and resilience set in the midst of the Liberian Civil War.

    Five extraordinary women, who have formed an unlikely sisterhood, struggle to negotiate power, protection and peace as they try to survive. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, these defiant women ask: when the fog of battle lifts, could a different destiny emerge? Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play, Eclipsed has been called “rare and powerful” by The New York Times and “a must-see production” by New York Magazine.

    “Riveting… A gut-wrenching saga told with poignancy and wit.” — Variety

    Jeremy Gerald of Deadline wrote: "Eclipsed is a major achievement - a scorching work about women and war whose humor burnishes rather than undermines its seriousness of purpose."

    Run Time: two and a quarter hours with one intermission (2:00 PM - 4:15 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the Eclipsed website.

    Eclipsed will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.

    Directions to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater:  From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead under the atrium dome. The Powerhouse Theater is located on the Mezzanine Level. Take the elevator or walk up the white marble stairway. From the Mezzanine Level elevator exit, walk around to the right into the Powerhouse Theater entrance. 

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    Rep-in-Depth:  An optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk.

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    11:15 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Please note that the cost of lunch is separate and as such is not included in your registration. If you sign up for the optional lunch, we will provide details on cost and payment.

    For this trip, the location of our Optional Group Lunch will be in The Arc Theatre at the Saint Kate Hotel, in the same building as the Rep. Lunch includes a presentation by May Adrales, who is the Director of Eclipsed as well as the Associate Artistic Director at Milwaukee Rep. Cost is $25 per person, payable by exact change in cash or credit/debit card on day of event only. Group lunch NOT INCLUDED in trip fee!

    Lunch Menu: Soup du jour, Fruit Salad, Garden Salad with Assorted Dressings, Assortment of Finger Sandwiches, Assorted Desserts, Coffee & Tea.


    Milwaukee Public Market


    There are nine unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.

    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    There are also a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leaving Madison

    8:30 AM Bus arrives for boarding at Oakwood University Woods

    8:45 AM Bus departs from Oakwood University Woods

    9:15 AM Bus departs from Capitol Lakes

    9:45 AM Bus departs from East Towne Sears for Milwaukee (sooner if everyone is aboard) 

    In Milwaukee

    11:15 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:30 AM Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for Optional Group Lunch or nearby downtown restaurants

    11:45 AM Group Lunch at Hotel Saint Kate 

    12:45 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep. (See Walking Map)

    1:15 PM Rep-in-Depth pre-talk begins

    2:00 PM Eclipsed performance begins

    4:15 PM Eclipsed performance ends

    4:30 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    4:45 PM Depart for Madison (sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    6:15 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    6:40 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    7:00 PM Bus returns to Oakwood University Woods

    Eclipsed Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Eclipsed theater trip organizers:

    Stuart Utley, stuart.utley@gmail.com 0r 608-219-8946

    Nancy McClements, nancymcclements@gmail.com or 608-358-4478              

    • May 13, 2020
    • Milwaukee


    REGISTRATION COMING SOON!  CHECK BACK LATER FOR MORE DETAILS 

    Destiny of Desire Website 

    • June 12, 2020
    • August 28, 2020
    • 6 sessions
    Breakfast Get-Togethers 
    2nd and 4th Fridays
     on UW-Madison Campus 


    Make new friends & meet other PLATO members while having a beverage and a bite of breakfast!

    2nd Friday @ The University Club  and 

    4th Friday @ Memorial Union Terrace


    2nd Friday at University Club: 


    Campus Breakfast at University Club on "UW's Library Mall"

         803 State St, Madison, WI 53703
        (Library Mall west of Univ. Book Store)


    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month.
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Breakfast Menu and hours
    • Place: University Club, 803 State Street, "on Library Mall" 
    • Ask for the PLATO breakfast location
    • Parking: Parking available under Helen C. White and the City's  Lake Street public ramp.
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming the Wednesday before the breakfast by email or phone (sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050)
    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050

     &

    4th Friday @ Memorial Union Terrace


    Memorial Union Terrace:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Meet in the area behind the Rathskellar at the Terrace
    • Hot breakfasts available or bakery and bagels, coffee, tea, ice cream, and more inside the Union!
    • Go to the Memorial Union website for Parking & other Terrace info
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone:
    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050

    • June 17, 2020
    • Chicago


    REGISTRATION COMING SOON! CHECK BACK LATER FOR MORE DETAILS 

    42nd Street Website

    • June 25, 2020
    • Cassville, Wi
    • 40


    Registration for this field trip will be open in the spring.                                             

    Join us for a tour of historic  Stonefield Village, located on the banks of the Mississippi River near Cassville, Wisconsin.  Stonefield, a Wisconsin Historical Society site, recreates a Wisconsin settlers village and a homestead from the late 19th century and includes the Governor Nelson Dewey home.  

     




    Upon arrival at Stonefield we will be met by our guides and interpreters who will take us on a tour of the village shops, craftsmen, and farmstead.  Experience the stories that cultivated Wisconsin’s scenic countryside. Retrace the history of farming from hand tools to modern machinery at the State Agricultural Museum and see the largest collection of McCormick equipment in the world. Enjoy hands-on learning and tend to live farm animals at the 1901 Progressive Farm House, then stroll through 30 shops and factories in the turn-of-the-century 1900 Farming Village.


    Wisconsin Agricultural Museum

    Explore Wisconsin’s largest collection of farm tools, models, and machinery. Learn about Wisconsin farming, large and small, featuring everything from hand held tools for wild rice harvesting and bean planting to large farming machines.


    Governor Nelson Dewey Homesite

    Following a picnic lunch we will continue the tour of Stonefield then cross the road for a guided tour of the home of our first governor, Nelson Dewey.  Discover the fascinating story of Wisconsin’s first governor, his family, and his farm. After serving as governor, Dewey, his wife Catherine, and their children, Kate and Nettie, returned to Cassville and lived in a Gothic Revival home on a 2,000 acre agricultural estate.


    Before returning to Madison and, weather permitting, our bus drives us into Nelson Dewey State Park where it climbs the bluff and provides a spectacular view of the Mississippi River Valley.


    Background Information

    Stonefield

    Nelson Dewey State Park

    Early History of Wisconsin

    Nelson Dewey

    Wisconsin's Agricultural History

    Exploring Wisconsin's Agricultural History

    Lunch is on your own

    We will have a picnic lunch outdoors on the tables scattered about the village or, if it rains, at tables inside the restored farm barn.  Please note you should bring your own picnic lunch and drink as well as snacks for the bus trip. There is not time to visit a restaurant.

    We plan to provide a cooler in which you may keep those portions of your lunch that require chilling; and you might also bring a small insulated lunch bag with ice-pack and include snacks and drinks for yourself on the bus. It is a long day and it can be warm in late June.

    Accessibility

    You must climb steps to board and exit the bus and for some shops in the village although most are fully accessible. The walk up to the Dewey house is a gentle paved uphill grade; ask the organizer in advance of the trip so arrangements could be made to facilitate this walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes as we will tour for over 2 hours. The village is partially unpaved gravel or lawn, open park and yard.

    Itinerary   

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Leave Madison

    7:15 AM     Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding

    7:30 AM     Departs East Towne Sears

    7:45 AM     Departs Capitol Lakes

    8:30 AM     Departs Oakwood West                           

    In Stonefield

    10:30 AM     Arrives Stonefield for tour

    12:15-1:15 PM  Your sack lunch at Stonefield

    1:15 PM      Continue tour of Stonefield

    2:45 PM      Departs Stonefield for State Park overlook

    3:30 PM      Departs for Madison

    Return to Madison (Estimate)

    5:30 PM        Arrives Oakwood West

    5:50 PM        Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    6:20 PM        East Towne Sears

    Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.  Non-member guests pay an additional $9.00 registration fee.

    PLATO Membership:  PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.

    Mail-In Registration Form:   Stonefield Mail-in Registration Form

    For further information contact Stonefield Trip Organizer:

    Mike Roy - michaelroy@wisc.edu - 608-443-9563


PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

For more information about PLATO, contact:

Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software