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Potpourri II Fall

Each week, discover a different speaker and enjoy a different topic.


Chris Cox

Christopher Cox, campaign manager of The Human Thread, promotes solidarity between consumers of clothing and the people who produce them in order to create a more just economy and sustainable communities.

Christine Flasch

Conductor Christine Flasch produced and directed 13 years of opera, operetta and musical theater productions at Music by the Lake, a summer festival she spearheaded at George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay, Wis., that currently draws more than 10,000 ... read more

Lisa Nelson

After losing her job in the IT Industry, Lisa Nelson opted to blaze her own trail as an entrepreneur by starting a chocolate business. She is the fourth-generation owner of her family farm. Rather than grow GMO crops, she opts to ... read more

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

3 Mon., Oct. 10-24


Location: UWM Hefter Conference Center

Chris Cox
Christine Flasch
Lisa Nelson

Fee: $20

Enrollment Limit: 90

Program Number: FALL:049

Note: Week 1: “Who Made My Clothes?” (Chris Cox) – On April 24, 2013, 1133 people were killed when the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Most workers made less than $60 a month. Many of the objects we take for granted—chocolate, clothing, coffee–are frequently made under conditions that can only be described as slavery.

Week 2: The Southwestern Suburban Symphony (Christine Flasch) – The Southwestern Suburban Symphony was launched with “Glorious Gershwin”, a spectacular debut concert at The Saber Center in Franklin in August of 2015, resulting in a full house of enthusiastic concert goers. John Jahn of the Shepherd Express described the concert in glowing terms: “Flasch led a well-rehearsed, tight, crisp-sounding group in a fine primer on George Gershwin. The works selected (were) performed with exuberance and flair…the colors blazed brightly”. “Amahl and the Night Visitors” a fully staged one act children’s opera drew nearly 1000 patrons to two performances in January, 2016 and The Southwestern Suburban Symphony Big Band brought an enthusiastic crowd to the Reiman Auditorium in Greendale for “Simply Sinatra” in April, 2016.

Week 3: From Bean to Barn: Farming Fine Chocolate (Lisa Nelson) – What happens when you combine farming and chocolate? Roots Chocolates! This Chocolatier grows many of the fruits, herbs and vegetables used in her award-winning confections on her family farm. This includes honey from the farm bee hives. Learn how Ms. Nelson combines her love of farming with a passion for creating mouth-watering chocolates.

Registration Deadline: Sun., Oct. 9

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