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    • April 13, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom (Virtual)

    April Luncheon: What’s Going On? Constructing Anti-Racist Organizations and Communities in the Post George Floyd Era

    Join us on Tuesday, April 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. with Linda Greene, Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following George Floyd's death on May 25, 2020, the world erupted in protest and many organizations began to reevaluate their policies, customs, and procedures to work toward becoming anti-racist. After a review of the efforts of various organizations, Professor Greene offers benchmarks for organizations that wish to address structural racism in their own organizations and in their communities.

    About Linda Greene: Linda S. Greene is the Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the faculty as a full professor with tenure in 1989. Her teaching and academic scholarship are concentrated in the areas of Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Legislation, Civil Rights, and Sports Law. She has also held university-wide administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California at San Diego. She received her B.A. in Health Education from California State University-Long Beach, her J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and a Certificate in Public International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law. She is a member of the California Bar. The American Law Institute elected her to membership in 1991 and inducted her as a life member in 2016.

    Regular Members & WRA Gift Certificates: Regular TEMPO Madison Members who register for the virtual luncheon have the option to receive a $20 gift card from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA).  Please check if you would like to receive a gift certificate selection when completing the registration form. 

    No Cost for Retiree and Sabbatical members to attend, WRA gift cards not included with registration. 

    Guests are welcome, cost is $10 per person.

    Online registration will close at 5:00 pm on Monday, April 12. 

    • April 15, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Meetaway Software
    Join us on Thursday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m. for virtual speed networking with other TEMPO Madison Members on Meetaway! 

    Meetaway is virtual networking platform that allows you to CHOOSE who you want to meet.  You will rotate through several one-on-one conversations, based on your preferences, lasting between 6-8 minutes each. 

    • April 15, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom until further notice

    April Title: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism & Progress by Steven Pinker

    Hosted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Teri Venker for information. 

    About the Book:

    If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.

    Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

    Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defense. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature–tribalism, authoritarianism, demonization, magical thinking–which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rearguard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.

    With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.

    • April 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom until further notice

    April Title: The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs 

    Hosted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Orange Schroeder for information. 

    About the Book:

    In this thought-provoking, wise and emotionally rich novel, New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs explores the meaning of happiness, trust, and faith in oneself as she asks the question, "If you had to start over, what would you do and who would you be?"

    There is a book for everything . . .

    Somewhere in the vast Library of the Universe, as Natalie thought of it, there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about.

    In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather Andrew, her only living relative—not counting her scoundrel father.

    But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it’s best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure the care he needs. To pay for it, she plans to close the bookstore and sell the derelict but valuable building on historic Perdita Street, which is in need of constant fixing. There’s only one problem–Grandpa Andrew owns the building and refuses to sell. Natalie adores her grandfather; she’ll do whatever it takes to make his final years happy. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief.

    After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather’s request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works.

    To Natalie’s surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop’s walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.

    • April 22, 2021
    • 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual Only

    How to Elevate and Be Elevated

    A Conversation with Wisconsin C-Suite Leaders 

    Join TEMPO Madison, in partnership with the Wisconsin Evening, Executive, and Professional MBA programs on Thursday, April 22 from 7:30 am to 9:15 am for the TEMPO Madison Leadership Series, a C-suite panel discussion on How to Elevate and Be Elevated.

    Our panelists for this event will share:

    • Their experiences as both a recipient and provider of mentorship (advising) versus sponsorship (advocating); 
    • How their professional journey developed through networking, mentorship, and sponsorship; and
    • How to approach mentorship and sponsorship discussions.

    Our Esteemed Panelists: 

    Kelly Kauffman, Chief Human Capital Officer, Milwaukee Bucks

    With over 20 years of human resources experience, Ms. Kauffman joined the Bucks staff as a human resources executive with the task of creating the organization’s first human resources department from the ground up. The human resources function at the Bucks was implemented to set the foundation in building a world-class sports organization by supporting the team’s long-term strategy and goals, including the opening and operation of Fiserv Forum, the Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center and ancillary development within the Deer District that will increase the breadth of the Bucks’ reach in the community.

    Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, UW Health

    Ms. Bidar-Sielaff serves as Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer leading the overall vision, coordination and strategic leadership for the design and implementation of UW Health's initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is responsible for internal strategic initiatives as well as partnerships with community organizations to better connect and serve communities of color and LGBTQ+ communities. In addition, Ms. Bidar-Sielaff served as a City of Madison Alder from 2009 to 2021, including two terms as Council President. Ms. Bidar-Sielaff is the Co-chair of the Latino Health Council of Dane County, an executive committee member of the Latino Support Network, a Madison College Board Trustee, and a Madison Community Foundation board member.

    Rochelle Klaskin, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer, State of Wisconsin Investment Board

    As Deputy Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer, Ms. Klaskin is using her more than 20 years of experience to help lead the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), which manages the Wisconsin Retirement System, the 8th largest U.S. public pension fund with more than $120 billion in assets. Ms. Klaskin joined SWIB in 2015 as chief legal counsel, bringing with her a strong background advising organizations on board governance and legal matters, daily operations, and strategic transitions. In her current role overseeing the agency’s Administration Group, Ms. Klaskin leads the finance, legal, compliance, communications, government relations, human resources and recruiting divisions. Ms. Klaskin also serves as a member of SWIB’s Management Council, which provides agency-wide and strategic leadership, where she leverages her experience and skills to help SWIB remain an innovative, agile, and integrated investment organization. 

    Moderated by:
    Vicki Holschuh, President and CEO, Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin

    Ms. Holschuh is honored to serve in the position of President and CEO of Goodwill South Central Wisconsin, Inc. Here she leads the advancement of mission programs and services in the 14 county territory of south central Wisconsin which is based here in Madison. Prior to this, she led Goodwill Southeastern Wisconsin’s (Milwaukee, Chicago markets) retail division for over 18 years, growing that business from 9 stores to 62 and strengthening the economic engine that financially supported their mission services and programs. She joined Goodwill as the Director of Stores and advanced to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Retail Officer.  Ms. Holschuh is an active member of TEMPO Madison and Rotary Club of Madison where she is part of the Scholar Mentor Program. 

    Tickets for TEMPO members and guests are $35. 

    Program Agenda

    7:30 am Virtual networking 
    7:45 am Welcome

    7:50 am Program

    The Leadership Series is part of the ongoing partnership between TEMPO Madison and the UW Evening, Executive, and Professional MBA Programs. Your payment for participation in the sessions directly benefits the TEMPO Madison Foundation and supports TEMPO Madison scholarships. 

    We look forward to welcoming you and your guests at this year’s series.

    Thank you to our Sponsor:

    • April 24, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual
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    Summer is just around the corner…Time to brush off your skills on the perfect Galette. Join us on Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m. for a private, virtual baking class with the Baked Lab. Tickets are $15 per person. The ingredient list and Zoom link will be shared after registration. 

    • May 03, 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual

    Semi-Annual Meeting | May 3, 2021 | 4:30 pm

    The meeting for new members will start at 4:30 pm and the regular meeting will start at 5:00 pm. Each of us will have to bring her own glass of wine and snacks to the meeting! One of our newer members, Janice Knapp-Cordes is going to host it for Eve Galanter and Mary Hamre. Hopefully by our October meeting date we will be able to gather in person! 

    If you are unfamiliar with this group, we help women who need a little boost so they can move forward with their lives. In these days of Covid, there have been a lot of women needing help! The criteria for helping a woman are simple: We help only women living in Dane County who are referred to us by a knowledgeable source. In addition, our gifts cannot replicate what other organizations or government programs do. Ours is a one-time gift and we expect that gift to make a difference in the woman’s life. It's catching things that fall between the cracks - helping out someone with a one-time, average gift of $350. For us, spending $350 to repair a car is not a hardship. But, for the women we help it can be an insurmountable mountain. We don’t expect our recipients to pay us back, but we do ask if they are ever able to help another woman, we would like them to Pay It Forward.

    If you are interested in joining this group, or would just like to join the Zoom meeting to see what it is all about, please email Mary Hamre at maryhamre@gmail.com and she will send you the materials and the links so you can join.

    • May 12, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual

    It’s a rolling world premiere, and TEMPO Madison women get to be part of it!

    Join us on May 12 at 6 p.m. for “46 Plays for America’s First Ladies” – presented online by Forward Theater. Literally, we’re talking 46 plays, one for each of our nation’s 46 First Ladies. Think of it as a 100-minute journey through American history with comedy, drama, music and dance. Or think of it as everything your history teacher never taught you about the founding (and the confounding) of America.

    Pre-Show Event at 6 p.m.:
    This virtual networking event begins with another fun pre-show Zoom party featuring the director of the play, TEMPO Madison's own Jen Uphoff Gray. Jen will give us some insider background about the show and its production. Along the way we’ll slide in a few surprises, including a vote for your favorite First Lady, and maybe add in a little quiz to keep things interesting. Heck, we might even have prizes for those of you who dress like your favorite First Lady, or can lay down a great quote in 15 seconds or less!  

    Virtual Curtains Up at about 7:00 p.m.:
    Start watching the show wherever you’re comfy with a good connection to the internet. 

    After-Show Discussion at 9:00 p.m.:
    We’ll come back together via Zoom to share our favorite moments. Jen Uphoff Gray will also be with us to answer your questions about the production.

    How to Register 

    1. Register here to gain access to TEMPO Madison's exclusive pre- and post-show events. 

    2. Purchase your digital ticket to “46 Plays for America’s First Ladies" from Forward Theater here. You will be emailed a link for viewing the play. 

    Forward Theater season ticket holders and digital subscribers will automatically be sent their digital tickets to the show; no additional purchase is necessary. 

    • May 20, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom until further notice

    May Title: The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies & the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone 

    Hosted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Teri Venker for information. 

    About the Book:

    Joining the ranks of Hidden Figures and In the Garden of Beasts, the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived, an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology together and used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II

    In 1916, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the U.S. government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code-breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman.

    In The Woman Who Smashed Codes, Jason Fagone chronicles the life of Elizebeth Smith who played an integral role in our nation's history for forty years. After World War I, Smith used her talents to catch gangsters and smugglers during Prohibition, then accepted a covert mission to discover and expose Nazi spy rings that were spreading like wildfire across South America, advancing ever closer to the United States. As World War II raged, Elizebeth fought a highly classified battle of wits against Hitler's Reich, cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine used by German spies. Meanwhile, inside an Army vault in Washington, William worked furiously to break Purple, the Japanese version of Enigma--and eventually succeeded, at a terrible cost to his personal life.Fagone unveils America's code-breaking history through the prism of Smith's life, bringing into focus the unforgettable events and colorful personalities that would help shape modern intelligence.

    • June 17, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom until further notice

    June Title: Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance & Renewal by Patty Loew

    Hosted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Teri Venker for information. 

    About the Book:

    From origin stories to contemporary struggles over treaty rights and sovereignty issues, Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal explores Wisconsin’s rich Native tradition. Each chapter is a compact tribal history of one of the state’s Indian nations—Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oneida, Menominee, Mohican and Brothertown, and Ho-Chunk—and the book relies on the historical perspectives of Native people. Author Patty Loew focuses on oral tradition—stories, songs, the recorded words of Indian treaty negotiators, and interviews—as well as other untapped Native sources, such as tribal newspapers, to present a distinctly different view of history. Elders and tribal historians from each of the twelve Native communities represented in the book participated in the book’s development—making suggestions, recommending sources, and offering criticism. Indian Nations of Wisconsin is illustrated with more than seventy photographs. 

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    "GEM MEMBERS" are Members who have voluntarily contributed additional dollars to TEMPO Madison personally or through their companies. Select any GEM level to participate, knowing that your gift will help TEMPO Madison achieve an extra level of excellence through your generosity. 

    Ruby ($500)
    • Discount of up to $50 to one TEMPO Madison event per year
    • Promotion of your business on the TEMPO Madison website for 12 months
    • Promotion of your business in the annual TEMPO Madison booklet
    • Free TEMPO Madison t-shirt
    • Listed as a sponsor of one luncheon during the year with information on the power point and verbal acknowledgement at the podium.
    • Sit at the head table at one luncheon per year
    Sapphire ($250)
    • Promotion of your business on the TEMPO Madison website for 6 months
    • TEMPO Madison lapel pin
    • Discount of up to $25 to one TEMPO Madison event per year
    Pearl ($100)
    • Promotion of your business on the TEMPO Madison website for 3 months
    • One free beverage at one TEMPO Madison Happy Hour per year (once we are able to gather in-person)

    • July 15, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom until further notice

    July Title: First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas 

    Hosted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Teri Venker for information. 

    About the Book:

    She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her class at law school in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O'Connor's story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings--doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness.

    She became the first-ever female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona State Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the Supreme Court, appointed by Reagan in 1981, she began a quarter-century tenure on the court, hearing cases that ultimately shaped American law. Diagnosed with cancer at fifty-eight, and caring for a husband with Alzheimer's, O'Connor endured every difficulty with grit and poise.

    Women and men today will be inspired by how to be first in your own life, how to know when to fight and when to walk away, through O'Connor's example. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family and believed in serving her country, who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for the women who followed her.

    • August 19, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom until further notice

    August Title: Vesper Flights by Helen McDonald 

    Hosted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Teri Venker for information. 

    About the Book:

    Animals don't exist in order to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves.

    Helen Macdonald's bestselling debut H is for Hawk brought the astonishing story of her relationship with goshawk Mabel to global critical acclaim and announced Macdonald as one of this century's most important and insightful nature writers. H is for Hawk won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction and the Costa Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, launching poet and falconer Macdonald as our preeminent nature essayist, with a semi-regular column in the New York Times Magazine.

    In Vesper Flights Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep. Meditating on notions of captivity and freedom, immigration and flight, Helen invites us into her most intimate experiences: observing songbirds from the Empire State Building as they migrate through the Tribute of Light, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk's poplar forests. She writes with heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds' nests, and the unexpected guidance and comfort we find when watching wildlife. By one of this century's most important and insightful nature writers, Vesper Flights is a captivating and foundational book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make sense of the world around us.

    • September 16, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom until further notice

    September Title: Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration by Emily Bazelon 

    Hosted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Teri Venker for information. 

    About the Book:

    A renowned journalist and legal commentator exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America’s mass incarceration crisis—and charts a way out.

    “An important, thoughtful and thorough examination of criminal justice in America that speaks directly to how we reduce mass incarceration.”—Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

    The American criminal justice system is supposed to be a contest between two equal adversaries, the prosecution and the defense, with judges ensuring a fair fight. That image does not match the reality in the courtroom, however. Much of the time, it is prosecutors more than judges who control the outcome of a case. They answer to almost no one and make most of the key decisions, from choosing the charge to setting bail to determining the plea bargain. They often decide who goes free and who goes to prison, even who lives and who dies. The system wasn’t designed for this kind of unchecked power, and in Charged, Emily Bazelon reveals how it is the underreported cause of enormous injustice—and the missing piece in the mass incarceration puzzle.

    Charged follows the story of two young people caught up in the criminal justice system: Kevin, a twenty-year-old in Brooklyn who picked up his friend’s gun as the cops burst in and was charged with a serious violent felony, and Noura, a teenage girl in Memphis indicted for the murder of her mother. Bazelon tracks both cases, exploring every phase of the criminal justice process—from arrest and charging to trial and sentencing—and, with her trademark blend of deeply reported narrative, legal analysis, and investigative journalism, illustrates just how criminal prosecutions can go wrong and, more important, why they don’t have to.

    Bazelon shows how prosecution in America is at a crossroads and details the damage overzealous prosecutors can do—and also the second chances they can extend, if they choose, to the likes of Kevin and Noura and so many others, allowing them to make things right in their own lives. She follows a wave of reform-minded D.A.s who have been elected in some of our biggest cities, as well as in rural areas in every region of the country, put in office to do nothing less than reinvent how their job is done. If they succeed, they can point the country toward a different and profoundly better future.

    In Charged, Emily Bazelon mounts a major critique of the American criminal justice system—and tells the story of the movement for change.

    • October 21, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom until further notice

    October Title: His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham

    Hosted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Teri Venker for information. 

    About the Book:

    An intimate and inspiring portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America

    John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, is a visionary and a man of faith. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis and deep research into the history of the civil rights movement, Jon Meacham writes of how this great-grandson of a slave and a son of an Alabama tenant farmer was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature." A believer in hope above all else, Lewis learned from a young age that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a minister, practiced by preaching to his family's chickens. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it--his first act, he wryly recalled, of nonviolent protest. Integral to Lewis's commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God--and an unshakable belief in the power of hope.

    Meacham calls Lewis "as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the nation-state in the eighteenth century. He did what he did--risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful--not in spite of America, but because of America, and not in spite of religion, but because of religion." In many ways Lewis made his vision a reality, and his example offers Americans today a map for social and political change.

    • November 18, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom until further notice

    November Title: Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries and a Half-Dozen Revolutions by Annik LaFarge 

    Hosted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Teri Venker for information. 

    About the Book:

    A modern take on a classical icon: this original, entertaining, well-researched book uses the story of when, where, and how Chopin composed his most famous work, uncovering many surprises along the way and showing how his innovative music still animates popular culture centuries later.

    The Frédéric Chopin Annik LaFarge presents here is not the melancholy, sickly, romantic figure so often portrayed. The artist she discovered is, instead, a purely independent spirit: an innovator who created a new musical language, an autodidact who became a spiritually generous, trailblazing teacher, a stalwart patriot during a time of revolution and exile.

    In Chasing Chopin she follows in his footsteps during the three years, 1837–1840, when he composed his iconic “Funeral March”—dum dum da dum—using its composition story to illuminate the key themes of his life: a deep attachment to his Polish homeland; his complex relationship with writer George Sand; their harrowing but consequential sojourn on Majorca; the rapidly developing technology of the piano, which enabled his unique tone and voice; social and political revolution in 1830s Paris; friendship with other artists, from the famous Eugène Delacroix to the lesser known, yet notorious in his time, Marquis de Custine. Each of these threads—musical, political, social, personal—is woven through the “Funeral March” in Chopin’s Opus 35 sonata, a melody so famous it’s known around the world even to people who know nothing about classical music. But it is not, as LaFarge discovered, the piece of music we think we know.

    As part of her research into Chopin’s world, then and now, LaFarge visited piano makers, monuments, churches, and archives; she talked to scholars, jazz musicians, video game makers, software developers, music teachers, theater directors, and of course dozens of pianists.

    The result is extraordinary: an engrossing, page-turning work of musical discovery and an artful portrayal of a man whose work and life continue to inspire artists and cultural innovators in astonishing ways.

    A companion website, WhyChopin, presents links to each piece of music mentioned in the book, organized by chapter in the order in which it appears, along with photos, resources, videos, and more.

    • December 16, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom until further notice

    December Title: The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

    Hosted virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please contact Teri Venker for information. 

    About the Book:

    One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius—a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.

    The copying and translation of this ancient book—the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age—fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.

Past events

March 24, 2021 Private Directors Association Informational Session
March 18, 2021 March NFL Book Club
March 16, 2021 March Book Bags Book Club
March 09, 2021 March Luncheon: The Changing Landscape of Senior Living
March 09, 2021 New Member Orientation
February 18, 2021 Joint Meeting of the Book Bags and NFL Book Clubs
February 12, 2021 Project Reach Workshops: Write Your Corporate/Business Board Bio
February 09, 2021 February Luncheon: State of the News Media
January 28, 2021 TEMPO Madison Night at the (Virtual) Theater
January 21, 2021 January NFL Book Club
January 19, 2021 January Book Bags Book Club
January 12, 2021 January Luncheon: How COVID is Changing the Arts and Culture in Madison
January 10, 2021 TEMPO Madison Snowshoe Outing
December 17, 2020 December NFL Book Club
December 15, 2020 Book Bags December Meeting
December 09, 2020 Holi-Yay Virtual Shopping Event with Madison's Central BID
December 08, 2020 December 2020 Virtual Luncheon: Women’s Leadership in 2020 with Andrea Schneider
November 29, 2020 CANCELLED: Post Turkey Day Hike
November 19, 2020 November NFL Book Club
November 18, 2020 The Role of Race in the Workplace Session 3: Making Sense of the Past and Present to Move to the Future
November 17, 2020 November Book Bags Meeting
November 10, 2020 November Luncheon: 2020 Election Analysis with Charles Franklin
November 05, 2020 Informational Session with Private Directors Association-Wisconsin Chapter
November 05, 2020 The Role of Race in the Workplace Session 2: First Encounters
October 31, 2020 Halloween Hike
October 29, 2020 2020 Virtual TEMPOShares
October 26, 2020 No Strings Attached Semi-Annual Meeting
October 20, 2020 October Book Bags Meeting
October 20, 2020 2020-21 Leadership Series: Get Onboard: Pathways to Corporate Board Leadership
October 15, 2020 October NFL Book Club
October 13, 2020 October 2020 Virtual Luncheon: TEMPO Madison Connects
October 06, 2020 The Role of Race in the Workplace Series
September 24, 2020 Happy Hour on the Lake
September 23, 2020 Networking Committee Meeting
September 17, 2020 September NFL Book Club
September 15, 2020 September Book Bags Meeting
September 08, 2020 September 2020 Virtual Luncheon: Outspoken: Why Women’s Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free
September 08, 2020 TEMPO Madison New Member Orientation
August 27, 2020 TEMPO Madison Happy Hour in the Park
August 24, 2020 TEMPO Madison Spa on the Patio 2020
August 20, 2020 August NFL Book Club
August 11, 2020 August Luncheon: Implicit Bias with Deborah Biddle
August 04, 2020 Chocolate and Wine Tasting with Driftless Chocolates
July 21, 2020 July Book Bags Meeting
July 16, 2020 July NFL Book Club
July 16, 2020 TEMPO Quarterly Birthday Party
July 14, 2020 July Virtual Luncheon: Emergency Preparedness with Ric Ransom
July 09, 2020 Networking Event: Virtual Happy Hour
June 30, 2020 Networking Event: Rhubarb and Rose Cooking Class and Wine Tasting with the Madison Club
June 24, 2020 Networking Event: Spa-at-Home with KOSA Spa
June 18, 2020 June NFL Book Club
June 16, 2020 June Book Bags Meeting
June 09, 2020 Annual Meeting and Luncheon with WCO's Andrew Sewell and Joe Loehnis
June 04, 2020 TEMPO Madison Virtual Happy Hour
May 21, 2020 May NFL Book Club via Zoom
May 21, 2020 TEMPO Quarterly Birthday Party
May 19, 2020 May Book Bags Meeting via Zoom
May 12, 2020 May 2020 Virtual Luncheon with Richard Davidson
May 07, 2020 Virtual Happy Hour
April 26, 2020 CANCELLED: Enjoy a Sunday Afternoon at KOSA Spa
April 16, 2020 April NFL Book Club
March 19, 2020 Cancelled: March NFL Book Club
March 18, 2020 Member Supported Event: WIC Tour of Lodgic Building
March 10, 2020 March 2020 Luncheon
March 10, 2020 TEMPO PROJECT REACH: Business Board Search and Selection
March 05, 2020 Tour of Summit Credit Union Headquarters
February 20, 2020 February NFL Book Club
February 16, 2020 Networking Event: UW Women’s Hockey v. Ohio State
February 11, 2020 February 2020 Luncheon
February 11, 2020 TEMPO PROJECT REACH: Different Types of Boards and Corresponding Liabilities
January 16, 2020 TEMPO Quarterly Birthday Party
January 14, 2020 January TEMPO Luncheon
January 14, 2020 TEMPO PROJECT REACH: Skill Sets
December 10, 2019 December 2019 TEMPO Luncheon
December 05, 2019 Tour of Promega Corporation
November 23, 2019 TEMPO Networking: Lunch & Play at the Overture Center
November 12, 2019 November 2019 TEMPO Luncheon
October 22, 2019 Session 1: 2019-20 Leadership Series - October 22, 2019
October 17, 2019 NFL Book Club October Meeting
October 17, 2019 TEMPO Quarterly Birthday Party
October 16, 2019 Tour of Electronic Theatre Controls
October 15, 2019 Book Bags - October Meeting
October 08, 2019 2019 TEMPO Shares
September 28, 2019 Badger Backyard Tailgate Party
September 19, 2019 NFL Book Club September Meeting
September 17, 2019 Book Bags - September Meeting
September 10, 2019 September 2019 TEMPO Luncheon
September 10, 2019 TEMPO New Member Orientation
August 15, 2019 NFL Book Club August Meeting
August 13, 2019 August 2019 TEMPO Luncheon
July 18, 2019 NFL Book Club July Meeting
July 16, 2019 Book Bags - July Meeting
July 13, 2019 TEMPO Breakfast Club - July
July 09, 2019 TEMPO Luncheon
July 02, 2019 TEMPO WOW Spokeswomen
July 01, 2019 TEMPO Traveler Group
June 19, 2019 Mansion Hill Architectural, Historic Walking Tour and Reception
May 14, 2019 May 2019 Luncheon
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