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John Legend at Monona Terrace Thursday with education series

John Legend at Monona Terrace Thursday with education series

Grammy Award winner and education advocate John Legend will be part of a two-day Madison event focused on the future of education in the Madison area.

The Educate to Elevate education forum and innovation summit is organized by the Urban League of Greater Madison.

The organization said events scheduled Thursday and Friday "will provide opportunities for inspiration and action in better serving the children of our community with world-class schools."

The event starts with a VIP luncheon and education forum at the Alliant Energy Center and features John Legend and Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone.

Grammy winner collaborating with UW Wind Ensemble for free concert

Grammy winner collaborating with UW Wind Ensemble for free concert

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music will welcome a three-time Grammy award-winning composer on Nov. 30, when the university premieres two of the artist's new pieces.

The UW Wind Ensemble will perform two of Michael Daugherty’s new works: “Bells for Stowkowski” and “Motown Metal.”

The free performance begins at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall at 455 N. Park St. A pre-concert discussion with Daughterty begins at 7:15 p.m.

Daugherty is collaborating with the university in a special program that brings in accomplished contemporary composers to work directly with the musicians of the UW Wind Ensemble and student composers.

The Sun Prairie High School Wind Ensemble will join the UW group for the evening with a performance conducted by Steve Sveum.

Lincoln School, St. Mary's partner to provide 50 families with Thanksgiving meals

Lincoln School, St. Mary's partner to provide 50 families with Thanksgiving meals

St. Mary's staff members are giving back this Thanksgiving by donating baskets that will be distributed to Lincoln School families who may otherwise not be able to celebrate a traditional holiday.

A total of 50 baskets were assembled by departments across the hospital. St. Mary's staff members purchased items that combined into baskets to provide all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to the goods in the box, a gift card is included for recipients to purchase a fresh turkey.

Prep Mania: Stoughton at Monroe

Prep Mania: Stoughton at Monroe

Energy film screened at UW-Madison


A film discussing energy will be screened at the University of Wisconsin Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Switch, a film about controversial energy questions, explores fracking, nuclear energy, gasoline prices, coal and more, said a press release.  Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world to explore various energy sources and speak with leaders in government and industry.

The film will be screened by the Department of Geoscience as part of their Energy Awareness and Efficiency Program.

Switch was directed by Harry Lynch and created by Arcos Films.  It will launch at 40 universities across the United States.

The screening at UW will be free and open to the public.  For more information about the Switch Energy Project, visit the website here.

University Book Store welcomes author Kevin Maurer


The University Book Store will host a book signing Thursday.

Author Kevin Maurer will be at 711 State Street from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to sign his book, Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces.

Maurer's book examines the Green Berets, their roots and how their role has changed with the War in Iraq.

For more information about the book, visit the Amazon site here.

Odyssey Project celebrates 10 years


The Chazen Museum of Art will celebrate 10 years of the UW Odyssey Project on Thursday.

The UW Odyssey Project is a journey in the humanities for adults facing economic barriers to higher education, said a press release.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature poetry and prose readings, theatrical and musical performances, a Odyssey video and refreshments.

More than 250 economically-challenged adults have benefitted from the Odyssey Project, said a press release.  The program includes studying the humanities and arts in a free UW-Madison class.

Students from the past ten classes, instructors, friends, family and community supporters are invited to attend the event.