Named by Sports Illustrated as “the greatest female athlete of the 20th century,” Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated the Olympic heptathlon and long jump events throughout her career, which spanned four Olympic Games. Despite improvement in technology and training used by athletes around the world, she still holds the World Heptathlon Record (7,291 points) set over 25 years ago at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
Joyner-Kersee has defined her post-athletic career as a philanthropist, public speaker and tireless advocate for children’s education, health issues (she has suffered from asthma throughout her life), racial equality, social reform and women’s rights. In 1988, she established the Jackie Joyner- Kersee Foundation to provide youth, adults and families with the resources to improve their quality of life. She is the author of A Kind of Grace (1997 autobiography) and A Woman’s Place Is Everywhere.
Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic. Also, see the links below for more information on these suggested readings.
Our theme for the Civics Club 2014-2015 season is Civil Discourse in a Changing Society.
Are we, as a civilized society, becoming increasingly polarized, to the point of abandoning respectful discourse in favor of abrasive “win at all costs” tactics? Our distinguished keynote and public affairs speakers will address this important issue. As a member, you have an opportunity to question keynote speakers. You gain a new perspective as you become acquainted with fabulous members and guests seated at your table.
We guarantee that you will learn something new at each Madison Civics Club luncheon meeting. Join us. Rejoin us. Invite at least one other to join, as well. We look forward to seeing you as we experience another inspiring Madison Civics Club year.
If you are already a member of the Madison Civics Club, all the meetings are included in your membership fee.
Please join us for the 2014-2015 year! If you are interested in joining and are not already on our membership / mailing list, please send your name and address to email@example.com. We will send you a membership brochure and program information.
Parking at the Monona Terrace Convention Center is often very tight. If possible, please consider parking at a nearby ramp, carpooling with others, walking, biking, or using public transportation. If you drive, please build time into your schedule to find a parking place. And remember that the fee for parking is $5.
Mike McCabe will be a guest on the Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio during the 8-9 am hour on Monday, August 25. Parker Palmer will be a guest on the Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio during the 8-9 am hour on Friday, September 12. Tune in, call in, or write in, or listen to an archive of the programs online.
Centro Hispano invites Madison Civics Club members to attend a Latino Art Fair on September 10 at the Madison Public Library being cosponsored by the organization. Some of the students from the Photo Voice project, which received a 2013-2014 Youth Grant from MCC, will be displaying their photographs along with other veteran artists from the area.