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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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Legend Lake- Film Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:00pm
Rosemary Garfoot Public Library, Cross Plains

Legend Lake 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 land and frequently contentious relationship between Native Americans and non-Native Americans in Wisconsin.  Why and how the lake came into being, what land issue have arisen and what might be done to manage them is the subject of this

Storytellers and Their Traditions: Our Shared Humanity

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 1:00pm
Fitchburg Senior Center

Guest storyteller: James P. Leary

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
DeForest Public Library

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

In this hands-on workshop, local filmmaker Frank G. Caruso will cover:

  • Basic techniques and equipment
  • Devices and apps
  • Storyboarding & storytelling
  • Set creation

Bring your own device if you want to easily save your work. Otherwise there will be iPads available to use during the workshop.

For ages 10-17. Registration is required. Please contact the library about registration.

Storytellers and Their Traditions: Our Shared Humanity

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:30pm
Oregon Public Library

Guest Storyteller: Mai Aong Vue

Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:30pm
E.D. Locke Public Library, McFarland

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.


Since 1942, Madison Community Foundation encourages, facilitates, and manages philanthropy, with more than 900 individual donor funds, and over $133 million in assets. More than $2 million is designated exclusively for local library endowments. www.madisoncommunityfoundation.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