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

Celebrate the Humanities with Dane County Libraries in 2017. 

Choose from a variety of humanities topics!

  • Bard on Broadway

  • Extending the Stage: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

  • From Page to Stage with Forward Theater Company

  • Get to Know Our Neighbors: Wisconsin Tribal Nations and Communities

  • Hidden Voices:  African American Writers in Wisconsin

  • The Horse-Human Connection

  • Punishing the Poor: Criminalizing Poverty

  • Reel Reflecting: International Cinema & Conversation

  • Stories in Motion

  • Storytellers and Their Traditions

  • The Stories of Fiddler on the Roof

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Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
Meadowridge Public Library, Madison

Join three Madison-area African American writers - poet Fabu, novelist Sherry Lucille, and playwright and novelist Catrina Sparkman - as they discuss their poetry and prose in relation to the work of three African American literary giants who also lived and worked in the Madison area during the 20th century: novelist Jean Toomer, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and poet Sarah Webster Fabio.

Author Visit with Jerry Apps

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 12:30pm
Cambridge Community Library

Beloved Wisconsin writer, Jerry Apps, will be discussing his new book, Never Curse the Rain. Jerry is author of more than 35 books about rural history and country life in Wisconsin.

The free program will take place after CAP's Actively Aging Luncheon at noon.

For more information on Jerry Apps, visit his website.


The Horse-Human Connection with Karen Diegel

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 5:30pm
Oregon Public Library

This event is part of the series:  The Horse-Human Connection.  

At 5:30pm there will be a screening of the film documentary Unbranded by Ben Masters. The film highlights the beautiful relationship 4 recent college graduates develop with wild Mustangs as they ride from Mexico to Canada.

Play Club with Forward Theater: I And You

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Stoughton Public Library

Play Clubs:  I and You

Play Club is part book club, part performance experience.  This program presents the opportunity to explore a play in depth through guided discussion, performance of scenes by actors, and discussion with director and actors. Participants will gain a new perspective on what makes a play work and how it is brought to life on stage.

Participants will sign up at the library for Play Club and will receive a copy of the play, I and You by Lauren Gunderson, to read prior to Play Club.  

Enjoy a Lively Evening With the SpareTime Bluegrass Band

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Verona Public Library

Tap your feet and sway along to music by the SpareTime Bluegrass Band while learning about the rich history of traditional bluegrass music.

Band Members: Jim Robarts, Bob Batyko, Dale Ward, Lori Docken, and Lisa Case Doro.



In the last 25 years, together with donors, Madison Community Foundation has given more than $200 million to strengthen our community. Established in 1942, MCF has grown to 1,074 permanent charitable funds with approximately $220 million in assets. More than $2 million is designated exclusively for local library endowments. For more information about the impact donors are making through MCF, and how you can become involved to benefit the community and causes you love, visit www.madisongives.org.

National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the U.S. Government. It is dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities. www.neh.gov