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.
A world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, Parker Palmer is founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal. He has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including: Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness and Healing the Heart of Democracy.
In 2011, Palmer was named an Utne Reader Visionary, one of “twenty-five people who are changing your world.” In 1998, the Leadership Project, a national survey of 10,000 educators, named him one of the 30 “most influential senior leaders” in higher education and one of the 10 key “agenda-setters” of the past decade. Palmer holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, 11 honorary doctorates and two Distinguished Achievement Awards.
For more information about Parker Palmer and his work, please visit his website.
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.
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.
Madison City Channel records some of our events. The programs are broadcast shortly after the luncheons and are then made available for streaming on your computer on demand on their Madison Civics Club "channel". The Enrique Morones program can be viewed now. Erroll Davis, Jr.'s program will be available through this website soon.
Members may be interested in the ARTS/INDUSTRY: COLLABORATION AND REVELATION exhibition opening March 22 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
Youth Grants helped fund a Madison Public Library project for students with Simpson Street Free Press to make Book Trailers. Learn about the project and view the first trailer (for Each Kindness) here.