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Beyond the Page

Beyond the Page is a permanent endowment held by the Madison Community Foundation that annually funds humanities programming in Dane County libraries – forever.

There are still plenty of chances to celebrate the humanities with Beyond the Page in 2017. 

Take a look at some of the upcoming programs taking place at a Madison Public Library in your neighborhood!


Get to Know Our Neighbors: Wisconsin's Tribal Nations and Communities

American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin are a big part of the state's history. More importantly, they are a part of society today. We want to explore beyond each of their heritages to what our neighbors' lives are like, how we live and work side by side without really knowing who each other is in our communities.

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Author Visit & Book Discussion

Anton Treuer will come to speak about his book, Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask. He will also talk about his work as a professor and an Ojibwe tribal member.

September 30 | 2:00pm | Central Library

Film Screening - Legend Lake: A Talking Circle

Legend Lake: a Talking Circle is a 34 minute documentary film that recounts the saga of Legend Lake, a beautiful 5,160 acre lake development, formed by joining nine smaller lakes in the Menominee Indian Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. Shore-land was subdivided and sold mostly to non-Menominee people. Legend Lake represents another chapter in the long and frequently contentious relationship between Native Americans and non-Native Americans in Wisconsin. At each film screening there will be a speaker facilitating a discussion about the documentary.

September 25 | 6:30pm | Pinney Library w/Aaron Bird Bear

Storytellers and Their Traditions: Our Shared Humanity

Storytellers from different cultures representing communities in Dane County will perform one hour programs at eight different library locations and entertain attendees by sharing their stories and traditions. Storytelling is the preservation of history and a vehicle for sharing wisdom, serving as a source of comfort while providing means of entertainment. It spans generations, exists across culture and is as old as humanity itself.

Mai Zong Vue
September 21 | 6:30pm | Pinney Library

Kasiya Phiri
September 21 | 6:30pm | Meadowridge Library

Kashmira Sheth
September 28 | 6:30pm | Alicia Ashman Library 

Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin

Join three Madison-area African American writers - poet Fabu, novelist Sherry Lucille, and playwright and novelist Catrina Sparkman - as they disuss their writing in relation to the work of three African American literary giants who also lived and worked in Madison during the 20th century. Experience poetry, prose, and drama that will shed light on what it means to be African American in Wisconsin today, yesterday, and tomorrow through a multimedia presentation about the work and lives of these literary artists and their interpretations of race in Wisconsin.

October 24 | 6pm | Meadowridge Library
November 4 | 3pm | Central Library, Local History Room

Reel Reflections: International Cinema & Conversation - Pop Up Screenings

“Pop Up!” screenings feature full length international festival films with discussions led by UW Madison & other local humanities experts who will connect themes addressed in the films with Wisconsin’s multicultural communities. Films selected will be strategically matched to build upon local, community-based initiatives. 

Film: The Salesman (Iran)
October 6 | 6:30-8pm | Pinney Library

Film: Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
October 11 | 6:30-8pm | Monroe Street Library


Check out the full list of programs and events on the Beyond the Page website.


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Beyond the Page programming is made possible by the Madison Community Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.