ALS 500 & 600 ELL #4 (Spring 1)

Welcome to ALS 500 & 600!  You are in the right place if you are looking for your extensive listening opportunities.  If you are not an ALS 500 or 600 student that’s ok – you can still attend these events if you would like.  If you are an ALS 500 or 600 student, you need to attend one of the events from the list below.  After you attend one of these events, write a brief summary and reaction – you can ask your teacher if you have any questions about this.  This is the THIRD Extensive Listening Log opportunity of the session – logs are due next Thursday (February 6th).

1) CREECA Lecture Series: The Oakhill Prison Humanities Project - Teaching World Literature Behind Bars

Since 2005, graduate students and instructional staff from UW-Madison have been leading a series of humanities courses for inmates at the Oakhill Correctional Institution. On this panel discussion, instructors will share their experiences teaching world literature and creative writing, their observations of how the students have developed as readers and as writers, and their assessment of how the Oakhill classroom has fostered their own development as teachers.

When: Thursday, January 30th @ 4pm

Location: Room 206 Ingraham Hall

2) Weeks Lecture Series: Adding a Chilean perspective to the story of South American mammal evolution

South America as a whole has an excellent fossil record of Cenozoic mammals. This has formed the basis for a good general understanding of major patterns of mammal evolution on the continent over the past 65 million years. Nevertheless, most of what is known about Paleogene and early Neogene mammals comes from a limited area in southern Argentina. As a result, a primary goal of many paleomammalogists working in South America is to broaden geographic and temporal sampling during this interval.

When: Friday, January 31st @ 3:30pm

Location: Room AB20, Weeks Hall for Geological Sciences

3) Saturday Science @ Discovery: The Science of Badger Athletics

Join Bucky Badger, UW–Madison scientists and student athletes at this free event and explore the science of sports! See how engineering, physiology, medicine, physics, nutrition and biology are hard at work while we play.

When: Saturday, February 1st @ 10am

Location: Town Center, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

4) Town Center Tour

The guided tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and covers the Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The tour is free and open to the public, and no reservation is required. Please meet at the welcome desk on the first floor.

When: Saturday, February 1st @ 11am

Location: Town Center, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

5) Rothko and Affect: How does it make us feel if a painting makes us feel?

This lecture will provide an introduction to the work of Mark Rothko and some of his Abstract Expressionist colleagues, with special attention to the ways in which art historians deal with their paintings as things that may produce emotion within the viewer. Cosponsored by the Chazen Art Museum and Forward Theater Company in conjunction with the theater’s production of Red by John Logan, a glimpse of the artist Mark Rothko at the height of his fame.
When: Saturday, February 1st @ 5pm

6) Arboretum Walk: Halfway to Spring

Join this free naturalist-led hike. Even with the increasing light, it may not seem much like spring this early in February, but we're halfway there! We will visit the prairies, woodlands or marshlands near the Visitor Center to look for natural activity. Expect trails to be snowy.
When: Sunday, February 2nd @ 1pm
Location: Visitor Center, UW-Madison Arboretum

7) Language Matters: Wisconsin and the World

Join this lecture about language and Zimbabwe's Cinematic Arts.  Katrina Daly Thompson from the Department of African Languages and Literature will lecture.
When: Monday, February 3rd @ 4pm
Location: Wisconsin Idea room, Education Building

8) Science Café @ Discovery: Who Sciences Harder?

Three UW-Madison researchers (Katrina Forest, John Hawks and Julie Mitchell) go head to head in three rounds to determine whose science is the most science. You be the judge of who "sciences" the hardest. Register early to be eligible for one-of-a-kind door prizes and a chance to ring the gong! (
When: Tuesday, February 4th @ 7pm
Where: Steenbock's on Orchard, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

9) Wisconsin Historical Society Presents "The Abolitionists"

This is the first film in a four-part documentary series, "Created Equal: America's Ciil Rights Struggle"
"The Abolitionists" vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Professor Andrew Kahrl of Marquette University will show selected segments of the film and moderate a post-screening discussion with audience members.  Check out their website for more information (
When: Wednesday, February 5th @ 7pm
Location: Auditorium, State Historical Society

10) Wednesday Nite @ the Lab: The Evolution and Ecology of Bromeliads

Tom Givnish, from the Botany department, will lecture. Come experience science as exploring the unknown every week at Wednesday Nite @ the Lab. Discover the latest from UW-Madison researchers as they share the saga of their investigations and inventions that are changing how we look at life and how we lead our lives. Join the discussion as learners of all ages explore more and share their ideas, questions and insights.

When: Wednesday, February 5th @ 7pm

Location: Room 1111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building

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