Welcome to ALS 500 & 600! You are in the right place if you are looking for your extensive listening opportunities. If you are not an ALS 500 or 600 student that’s ok – you can still attend these events if you would like. If you are an ALS 500 or 600 student, you need to attend one of the events from the list below. After you attend one of these events, write a brief summary and reaction – you can ask your teacher if you have any questions about this. This is the THIRD Extensive Listening Log opportunity of the session – make sure you talk to your teacher about when your ELL is due. Most ELLs are due next TUESDAY, September 30th.
1) WESLI Documentary Viewing: 1421 – The year China discovered America?
This fascinating documentary examines the mystery surrounding the sailing exploits of the legendary Admiral Zheng and his 30 year command of a gigantic Ming fleet. The Chinese court burned all records of Admiral Zheng’s daring voyages and achievements, and unwittingly created a mystery that tantalizes the world 500 years later. You’ve heard what the history books have to say about the discovery of America, but now prepare to have your entire perception of history forever altered with this remarkable release from PBS. Could it be that a fearless Chinese admiral actually discovered America nearly a century before Columbus made his historical landing at San Salvador?
Travel back to the year 1421 and follow the legendary Admiral Zheng as he and his formidable Ming fleet travel far and wide to explore little-visited outposts at the behest of Chinese emperor Zhu Di.
Based on theories put forward by noted historian and best-seller Gavin Menzies, this thought-provoking take on conventional history proposes that it was Admiral Zheng who led European explorers to the West a whole 71 years after first setting foot on American soil.
When: Monday, September 29th @ 1pm and 3pm
Location: Room 103
2) Wednesday Nite @ The Lab
Professor Hannah Carey of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Director of the Biotron will give us a travelog through the newly-renovated UW Biotron. One of the most remarkable research facilities on campus, the Biotron enables bioscience researchers to mimic environments from the poles to the tropics. Prof. Carey will also provide case examples from her work on the physiology of hibernation.
When: Wednesday, September 24th @ 7pm
Location: Room 111 Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building
3) Nature’s Transformers: Earth Partnership for Families
Free family-oriented program at the UW Arboretum. Come and discover the fascinating transformations insects make throughout their lives. Learn about insect homes and the changes that take place within them. Ongoing indoor activities in the Visitor Center; naturalist-led hike at 1:30.
When: Sunday, September 28th @ 12:30-3:30
Location: Visitor Center, UW-Madison Arboretum
4) Grady Grasslands: West Knoll Oak Savanna And Greene Prairie Arboretum Walk
Free naturalist-led hike. We will look for the five species of gentian that grow here as well as asters and goldenrods. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot located at the southeast corner of the West Beltline and Seminole Highway. No facilities at tour site; some sloping terrain.
When: Sunday, September 28th @ 1pm
Location:Grady Tract parking lot (SE corner of Seminole Hwy and Beltline frontage road), UW-Madison Arboretum
5) Eloquence and Eminence Emeritus Faculty Lecture
Douglas Hill presents “Everyone is Listening for Something: Nature Writing Set to Music”.
When: Sunday, September 28th @ 2pm
Location:Pyle Vandeberg Auditorium, Pyle Center
6) David Maraniss: My Life in Journalism & Books
Light refreshments served. David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post, and has authored several critically acclaimed and bestselling books, including biographies of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Al Gore. David is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Pulitzer for national reporting in 1993 for his newspaper coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. He has won several other notable awards for achievements in journalism.
When: Tuesday, September 30th @ 4:30pm
Location:Nafziger Conference Room, 5055 , Vilas Hall
7) An Evening with Sheryl WuDunn
Sheryl WuDunn is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, business executive, and acclaimed author whose works include New York Times bestseller, Half the Sky. Previously a vice president of investment management at Goldman, Sachs & Co., a journalist and executive at The New York Times, and a Senior Lecturer of Global Affairs at Yale, she now works in socially driven entrepreneurship. This free event will not require tickets and is open to the public.
When: Tuesday, September 30th @ 7:30pm
Location:Shannon Hall, Memorial Union