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November Luncheon and Morning Program

  • November 04, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club, One West Dayton St.
  • 84


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Each new member may partake of one "Free Lunch" during your first year of membership.

    If choosing this option, do not pay. We will take care of this administratively.

Registration Required

Deadline October 28

TO ADD YOUR GUEST: click on the "ADD GUEST" button at the bottom of the registration form and enter the guest information, as indicated.

10:00 A.M. Check-in begins

10:30 A.M. Morning Program

11:45 A.M. Luncheon and Speaker 

The Wisconsin Idea Seminar: Learning about the state we serve

What can a newcomer to UW-Madison do in 100 hours? They can visit a dairy farm, meet environmental stewards and business owners, explore lush wetlands of Lake Superior’s southern shore with tribal members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, spark ideas with UW System colleagues, hear from Milwaukee-based community leaders and Latino and African American families who are partnering around the creation of dementia-friendly communities in Wisconsin, and see the spaces and places where many of our UW students come from. In a nutshell, they learn about the state we serve by meeting and connecting with folks across Wisconsin.  

Wisconsin Idea Seminar ( is a five-day study tour of Wisconsin that offers UW-Madison faculty and staff the opportunity to learn firsthand about the social and cultural contexts that shape the lives of many of our Wisconsin students and to see what the Wisconsin Idea looks like in practice. Join Catherine Reiland, Director of the Seminar, as she leads listeners on a travelogue of recent itineraries and takes a look back at the program’s early years in the mid-1980s, to what inspired the UW-Madison to create the Seminar and why it is still relevant today.

Luncheon speaker, Joanna Estep is the critically acclaimed illustrator, designer and author of such titles as The Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics), Death Head (Dark Horse) and Fraggle Rock (Henson Studios). Using her experience as a comic book illustrator and author as a backdrop, Ms. Estep will explore the values of comics within contemporary popular culture and her experience as a woman entering an industry dominated by men, as well as the pros and cons of dealing with the comic world’s leading publishers. Comics may be considered by many as a crude art form, but that stance, she argues, is mistaken. Like films, comics have the ability to combine words and images. In the case of comics, however, the roles of writer, director, cinematographer and actor are combined in a single person, who must have a skill set far greater than just the ability to draw.



Parking at the Madison Concourse is available at a discounted rate of $3 per carload. If you are interested in purchasing parking at the hotel, please include the $3 parking fee with your lunch registration. To park, enter the Concourse parking lot on Dayton Street, take a ticket at the gate and park your car. Keep the ticket in the car as it is needed to exit. If you purchase parking, you will receive a parking pass to exit the lot at event check-in. On street or city ramp parking lots are also available at posted rates.

New Member Table:  

If you are new to UWRA or have attended one or two UWRA luncheons or events, we welcome you. There will be a special luncheon table for new attendees to meet board members who will welcome you to UWRA and answer any of your questions or concerns, Look for the table tent saying "New Member Table".


Food Pantry Contributions:   

The pantry recipient for this event will be Open Seat Food Pantry. Cash and checks payable to UW Foundation with "Open Seat Food Pantry" on the memo line will be accepted.



Seared breast of chicken with tarragon cream sauce, steamed vegetables. Chef's choice for vegetarian. Bakery fresh rolls, coffee, tea, or milk.


Advance registration is required. To register by mail with check, use the Registration Form.

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Madison, WI 53715-1218



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