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NEA Big Read Events: Station Eleven: March

The NEA Big Read in Kenosha and Racine will take place from February 12 - March 10, 2018.


March 1, 2018

  • "Because Survival is Insufficient:" Art as a Theme in Station Eleven
    Gateway Technical College: Racine, Lake Building, Student Life Center Garden Room, 1001 S Main Street, Racine, WI 53402
    1:00 - 2:00 PM
    The survivors in Station Eleven have found that mere "survival is insufficient." Join us as we discuss the various art forms that weave through the novel, helping those that have survived find meaning and beauty in their new lives in a post-apocalyptic world. Coffee and desserts provided.
  • 100-Year Anniversary of the Spanish Influenza: Documentary and Discussion
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    1:30 - 3:30 PM

    Some researchers believe the story began on the morning of March 11, 1918, when a soldier at Fort Riley in Kansas went to the camp infirmary with a fever.  It has been 100 years since the Spanish Influenza circled the globe and killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide, much as the Georgia Flu did  in our NEA Big Read selection, Station Eleven.  What have we learned in the last 100 years?  Could it happen again?  Presented by Marcia Siehr.

March 2, 2018

  • Survival Skills Friday: Fiber Arts
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    NOON - 1:00 PM

    Members from the UWP Ministry of Fiber Arts will be on hand to demonstrate and teach a variety of yarn-based crafts. No experience required and supplies will be provided.
  • Art in the UWP Library Opening Reception
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    View the opening of the spring 2018 Art in the UWP Library exhibition, "Civilization & Extinction." Light refreshments provided.
  • Family Fun Night at Kenosha Creative Space
    Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140
    6:00 - 8:30 PM
    Families are welcome to play the life-sized Traveling Symphony Orchestra Game, created and designed by local community members specifically for NEA Big Read.

March 3, 2018

  • Book Discussion: "War and Disease"
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    9:15 - 10:45 AM

    Join Scott Kroes to discuss War and Disease hosted by KPL Politics and Military Actions Book Club.  In this session we may cover topics such as biological warfare and the unintentional introduction of infectious diseases into armies or societies such as smallpox and typhus.
  • Book Discussion at Garden of Eatin'--Kenosha
    Garden of Eatin', 4505 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    Come to the Garden of Eatin’ for a book discussion! Refreshments provided.
  • Star Trek: Voyager Viewing Party
    Community Library, Salem Branch, 24615 89th Street, Salem, WI 53168
    1:00 - 2:30 PM
    Calling all Star Trek Fans! As part of the NEA Big Read, join us for a screening of the episode of Star Trek: Voyager that inspired the motto of the Traveling Symphony in Emily St. John Mandel's  Station Eleven. In "Survival Instinct," season 6, episode 2 of Star Trek: Voyager, Seven of Nine speaks those words, "Survival is insufficient." We'll watch the episode together and talk about what that means. Light refreshments and Star Trek fun included!
  • NEA Big Read Trivia Bash
    tg's Restaurant & Pub, 4120 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
    6:00 - 8:30 PM
    tg’s is proud to be a longtime supporter of Kenosha’s Big Read!  The NEA Big Read Trivia Bash is a fun multi-round trivia contest for individuals or teams.  No cell phones or Google allowed!  This year’s trivia questions will be about Station Eleven, the author Emily St. John Mandel and the Great Lakes Region.  Prizes are awarded to the top three teams.

March 4, 2018

  • Survival Orienteering and Trail Run
    UW-Parkside Outdoor Track (Behind Sports & Activity Center), 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    11:00 AM
    Are you fit for survival? Join the Kenosha Running Company at Petrifying Springs Park to orienteer through a course cultivated in the spirit of cross country. Open to all ages and all fitness levels. Who will be the fittest to survive? A mini workshop precedes the start of the event to help participants learn about orienteeri
    ng. Registration for this unique event is only $17 for students and $22 for adults. Same day registration will be available at $20 for students and $25 for adults, but due to the nature of this event, advanced registration is strongly encouraged.
  • Film: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
    Kenosha Public Library, Northside Branch, 1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
    12:30 PM

    View the play the Traveling Symphony performs in Station Eleven. Max Reinhardt's legendary Hollywood Bowl production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream was brought to the screen by Warner Bros. A Shakespearean comedy, the story contains several seemingly-unrelated plotlines, all tied together by a single unifying event: the impending wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta.

March 5, 2018

  • Packing for the End of the World
    Gateway Technical College: Kenosha, Student Life Center Garden Room, 3520 30th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
    NOON - 1:00 PM
    Join us for a discussion about culture, possessions, and memories that become important when the world as we know it ceases to exist. We will explore themes in the book surrounding personal possessions and maintaining the history and culture of a world no longer present.
  • Book Discussion: "From Comic Books to the Bible: Literature and Genre in Station Eleven"
    i ov thee dragon Tattoo  and Body Piercing Studio, 614 Sixth Street, Racine, WI 53403
    7:00 - 8:30 PM
    UWP Art History professor Doug Singsen will discuss the variety of genre-crossing cultural texts referenced in Station Eleven, from Shakespeare to graphic novels to ritual scarification.  Using these references, Mandel weaves a sophisticated tapestry of culture that demonstrates that, as different as they are, all of these genres are capable of conveying valuable insights into the human condition.

March 6, 2018

  • Book Discussion: Station Eleven: An International Perspective
    Woman's Club of Kenosha, 6028 8th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53143
    1:30 - 3:30 PM
    Discuss the award-winning novel Station Eleven from an international perspective at this book discussion co-hosted by Kenosha Literacy Council Students from around the world and the Woman's Club of Kenosha. Refreshments will be served!
  • Film: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    UW-Parkside Student Center Cinema, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    8:00 - 11:00 PM
    Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new Blade Runner, LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. Rated R. The film and parking are free and open to the public.

March 7, 2018

  • Book Discussion: "Shakespeare and Culture in Station Eleven"
    D.P. Wigley Company, 234 Wisconsin Avenue, Racine, WI 53403
    6:30 - 8:00 PM

    David Bruce, professor of history at UWP, will discuss the importance of Shakespeare's works to the revival of human culture in Station Eleven.

March 8, 2018

  • Film: Contagion (2011)
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    12:30 - 3:00 PM

    Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what seems to be the flu. Her young son dies later the same day. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic. Rated PG-13. Part of the Thursday Afternoon Movie Series.
  • Book Discussion & Game Play
    Kenosha Public Library, Southwest Branch, 7979 38th
     Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53142
    5:30 - 8:00 PM
    Join librarian Rob Nunez to discuss Station Eleven and then stay to play the Pandemic expansions On the Brink and In the Lab. Hosted by KPL's Board Game Club.
  • Book Discussion at Community Library, Salem
    Community Library, Salem Branch, 24615 89th Street, Salem, WI 53168
    6:30 - 7:30 PM
    Join us as we discuss the 2018 NEA Big Read selection Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.  Hosted by Community Library.
  • Preparing for the Unexpected: Outdoor Emergency Basics
    Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary & Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Road, Kenosha, WI 53144
    6:30 - 7:30 PM
    Can you respond positively to an accident or emergency? Can you safely spend a night-or more-outside? Knowledge is Power and Preparation is Key. Every time you step into the wilderness, be prepared to help yourself and others. After attending this program by 2 REI workshop leaders, you will be able to more confidently enter the outdoors knowing that you increased your knowledge and have better prepared yourself to face a variety of situations. Register at

March 9, 2018

  • Survival Skills Friday: Survival Gardening
    UW-Parkside Library, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    12:00 - 1:00 PM
    How would you eat if you survived an apocalyptic event? Join Heather Spencer and other library staff members to learn the basics of gardening for fun and function. All attendees will receive a packet of “Survival Seeds.”
  • End-of-the-World Extravaganza!
    PUBLIC Craft Brewing Co., 716 58th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140
    6:00 - 9:00 PM
    Come in your best post-apocalyptic attire to help us wrap up the NEA Big Read! We’ll enjoy food, drinks, music, and more as we celebrate like there’s no tomorrow.

March 14, 2018

  • Science Night: "From isolation to community: A primer on post-traumatic growth"
    UW-Parkside Student Center Cinema, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI 53141
    7:00 - 8:00 PM
    In Station Eleven, traumatic events are experienced on an individual or community level and we see how the experience of trauma isolates those left in its aftermath. This talk will describe the current understanding of PTSD symptomatology and the ways that community and connection can create opportunities for growth and development in the recovery period. Presented by UWP psychology professor Ann Friesema.

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