Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it's pretty overwhelming--especially when he's also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom's family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.
Bluegrass is an American art form that grew out of the traditional music styles of the working class South, and resonated with music lovers across the world. Renowned country music historian, Bill Malone, will discuss the sociological and cultural influences which informed bluegrass’ development for audiences at four Dane County public libraries.
How does one address subjects too painful to speak of, too personal to publicize? And how does one do it in a manner that is both entertaining and informative? Come and meet author and speaker Karl Stewart and discover how he found a path through the Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD) that ravaged his family. Learn how the writing of two novels, The Seventh Cruise, and Up Harvey’s Creek provided the venue, first to explore the illness that plagued his father, and secondly how an eleven year old boy sought to cope with it.
John Kaminski, Ph.D., Director at the UW-Madison Center for the Study of the American Constitution, will discuss Hamilton's spectacular rise from obscurity in the West Indies to the heights of power directing the new nation's finances and serving as the leader of one of the two great political parties of the 1790's. Kaminski will also highlight the strengths and shortcomings of Lin-Manuel Miranda's play, Hamilton.
Dr. Kaminski's book, Alexander Hamilton: From Obscurity to Greatness, will be available for sale and signing.
Science writer Scott Spoolman takes readers with him to twenty-eight state parks and forests where evidence of the state’s striking geologic and natural history are on display. The author tells stories of events and processes that shaped Wisconsin’s landscapes, including volcanic eruptions, invasions by ancient seas, crushing glaciers, and centuries of erosion.
HAMILTON: An American Musical tells the story of the founding of the country and the Revolution, while also commenting on contemporary issues in America today. With a soundtrack and script that fuses classical musical theatre and poetry with elements of popular music and hip hop, its storytelling both builds on the past and looks to the future. Sarah Marty, Faculty Affiliate at the UW-Madison Division of the Arts, will discuss how both Hamilfans and those new to HAMILTON will enjoy learning more about this award-winning show.
Author of Darius the Great is Not Okay, Adib Khorram, will be speaking with the middle and high school students throughout the day about mental illness and the impact it has on people's lives. In the evening, adults and students can hear the author speak at 6:30 pm at the Belleville High School Library.
What is stigma? What creates stigma? Can you recognize mental health stigma? Why is mental health stigma a problem? What can we do to reduce mental health stigma? Mental illness stigma comes in many forms. Exclusion, silence, and labeling are just a few. Through self-reflection, discussion and interactive exercises, learn about how you can recognize mental health stigmas, what happens when people are stigmatized, and what you can do to help reduce the resulting problems.
A screening of the film Almost Sunrise: Hope is on the Horizon. Emmy Nominated in 2018 for Outstanding Current-Affairs Documentary, it follows veterans’ Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson on their 2,700-mile walk across America in an effort to confront their depression.
“The film captures an intimate portrait of two friends suffering from the unseen wounds of war as they discover an unlikely treatment: the restorative power of silence and meditation.”
This free program will include dancing, Nutcracker information, and a question and answer session.
If you would like to purchase a $4 noon lunch with CAP Actively Aging, please contact Jordan at 608-423-8045 or Nancy at 608-423-8142.