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Madison in the Sixties

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

20 slides that tell the essential stories of the 1960's in Madison---the escalation of civil rights activism and sntiwar protest from pickets to firebombs; transformation of the ethnic Greenbush neighborhood into the Triangle Urban Renewal Area; the impact of university expansion, and the failed efforts to build Frank Lloyd Wright's auditorium and civic center at Monona Terrace; and som sex, drugs and rock and roll.

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Better Together Mural

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

One of Madison's latest murals, designed by Brooklyn-based artists Flavia Zimbardi and Caetano Calomino, the 40' long wall reads "Better Together" in vibrant and beveled geometric letters. It was painted last August behind the Hawthorne Library as part of the new Madison Mural Alley, a project conducted by The Bubbler art hub and sponsored by the Madison Arts Commission.

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Architecture is Hazardous

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

Architects possess a unique skill set that allows them to build community resilience, both in design and in natural disaster recovery. An Architects Withoug Boarders post-earthquake relief trip to Haiti introduced me to a role that architects play in helping communities rebuild after a natural disaster. It has been an honor to work with NGOs on Disaster recovery and rebuilding projects in El Salvador, Nepal, Florida, Colorado, and Dane County, WI.

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Improv Madness - Arbitrary Topic: Second Graders and Their Ideas

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

This is what you get when you take an improv performer, 20 images unseen by said performer, and an arbitrary topic: "Second Graders and Their Ideas."

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Livin' in Gomerica: tales from the World's Biggest Band

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

Were the Gomers the world's biggest band? They made some noise in the late 1980s with a few songs appearing on the national Dr. Demento radio show. Over time, they realized they knew over 2,000 cover songs, and a live karaoke band was born. Andy Wallman was first chair tambourine player for The Gomers; he will take you inside of what it was like to be Livin'in Gomerica.

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What Gets Me Up in the Morning

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

As a morning runner for over 30 years, Marlisa Kopenski Condon has had more than her fair share of interesting experiences when most of us are still blissfully asleep. Her presentation will highlight a few funny and poignant moments from her years on the roads.

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The Guilty Pleasures of Roadside Architecture or A Boy, a Girl and a Hot Dog Stand

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

Roadside/novelty architecture is to architects, as Twinkies are to a pastry shef: comical, cheap and not worth of comparison to the real thing. So it is with great reluctance and at the risk of ridicule by my fellow architects that I admit...not only do I like it, I am facinated and inspired by it. 

Cathy O'Hara Weiss' PechaKucha will look at what lessons might be learned from this "architecture" and suggest that the dividing line between good design and novelty architecture is less distinct than you might think.

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Lunch Money: A Short, Abridged, Very Brief History of School Meals in America

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

The National School Lunch Program is the longest running and widest reaching children's health initiative in U.S. history. Throught he program more than 30 million children receive federally subsidized meals every school day. Whether we regard children as the beneficiaries of an enlightened pubilc health initiative or the victims of industrialized mass feeding, school meals are a significant part of public discourse on everything from the composition of a proper meal to national security.

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RTFM and Other Knowledge Sharing Technologies

@ VOL 27 ON AUG 22, 2018

Sharing information can be a challenge. Making the best knowledge available to the right people in your organization takes time and effort. The pace of change, the time it takes to write and maintain good documentation and our busy schedules all present roadblocks to effectively produce and disseminate information. How can we employ new tools to keep up in an age where information and data flow and change faster every day.

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Reclaim Your Voice

@ VOL 27 ON AUG 22, 2018

As consumers, we face hundreds of brand choices each day and any of us don't realize that the money we spend ends up inadvertently supporting politicians and PACs whose values we may not agree with. Goods Unite Us is a tool for consumers to alighn their purchases with their values.

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Kicking Out the Imposter

@ VOL 27 ON AUG 22, 2018

Learn more about one of the biggest things holding back ambitious professionals and entrepreneurs; imposter syndrome. This educational and actionable presentation will have you walking away with a new understanding of what imposter syndrome is and how to move your business and career forward if you are experiencing it.

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Beginner's Mind

@ VOL 26 ON APR 12, 2018

Best known for his elaborate, colorful paper sculptures, the artist Michael Velliquette will talk about his recent monochrome series. Velliquette hand cuts paper shapes and assembles them into complex forms akin to sacred architecture and three-dimensional mandalas. The formal symmetry, balance, and order of these works are meant to evoke a sense of visual equanimity. Velliquette forgoes his prior use of vibrant color, instead employing an emotionally restrained palette of pastels and neutrals. Beginner’s Mind refers to an approach to living without preconception—a sensibility that characterizes the skillfully simple posture Velliquette brings to his new work.