ALS 500 & 600 ELL #6 (Summer 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 SIXTH Extensive Listening Log opportunity of the session – make sure you talk to your teacher about when your ELL is due. Most ELLs are due next Thursday.

1) TED X Madison: Independently Organized TED event

Nine Madisonians with "ideas worth spreading" will speak Saturday at TEDxMadison 2014.

TED is a national nonprofit known for its talks and global conferences featuring thought leaders in science and culture, and has become popular as free videos of the talks have been passed around the internet and on social media. TEDx indicates an independently organized event sanctioned by TED.

The lineup features Dave Cieslewicz, executive director of the Wisconsin Bike Fed and former mayor of Madison; political journalist and author David Maraniss; YWCA Madison executive director Rachel Krinsky; Heather Kirkorian, a family development researcher at the University of Wisconsin; Willie Ney, executive director of UW-Madison’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and its First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community; Elizabeth Katt-Reinders, director of policy and communications for the Clean Lakes Alliance; jazz musician Ben Sidran; UW mathematician and author Jordan Ellenberg; and Becky Splitt, CEO of StudyBlue.

In addition to the Madison speakers, two TED talk videos will also be shown throughout the day.

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When: Saturday, June 7th - All Day

Location: Bartell Theater

2) Saturday Science at Discovery: Farms and Fields of Wisconsin

Explore Wisconsin agriculture and innovation! Enjoy free Babcock ice cream; ride the free shuttle to Cows on the Concourse (ends at 1 p.m.); learn about Wisconsin’s soil and water resources, cheese, silos, crops, cows, farmers and fields; explore hands-on agricultural activities; and more!

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When: Saturday, June 7th @ 10am

Location: Wisconsin Discovery Institute

3) Mad City Vegan Fest

Mad City Vegan Fest is an annual celebration of veganism filled with great food, inspiring speakers, awesome raffle prizes, and a host of vegan-minded exhibitors. The event is free and open to the public. Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or omnivore, Vegan Fest has delicious food samples and helpful information on how you can protect animals, the environment, and your health through vegan choices.

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When: Saturday, June 7th from 10am - 5pm

Location: Goodman Community Center

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.

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When: Saturday, June 7th @ 11am

Location: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

5) Arboretum Walk: Curtis Prairie

Join this free naturalist-led hike. Explore Curtis Prairie -- the first restored prairie in the world -- and adjacent areas.

When: Sunday, June 8th @ 1pm

Location: Visitor Center, UW-Madison Arboretum

6) University Boards and the New Normal

Changes among students, in technology, and in the financing of higher education in the U.S. are putting great pressure on institutional governance. In this conversation with Jane Wellman, executive director of the National Commission on College and University Board Governance, we will explore the nature of the governance challenge facing higher education in both public and private nonprofit institutions and ways that the traditions of shared governance are being challenged in all sectors.

When: Wednesday, June 11th @ 4pm

Location: Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

7) Woodland, Savanna and Prairie Gardens Tour

Celebrate the beginning of summer by visiting our woodland, savanna and prairie gardens. Tour ends at nightfall.
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When: Wednesday, June 11th @ 7pm

Location: Visitor Center, UW-Madison Arboretum

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