The Wisconsin Grassroots Festival is the premier event staged annually each spring by the Wisconsin Grassroots Network!
This year (2017), we will hold it on Saturday, March 25, at Wisconsin Heights High School, 10173 US Highway 14, Mazomanie, WI. (Close this link by clicking the x on the tab of the window that opens, not the X in the upper right of the screen!)
Registration begins at 8:00 with the actual event running from 9:00 to 4:45.
Because we offer 24 breakout sessions in three separate time blocks, AND because seating for the most popular sessions is limited, you will NEED the time to regiser individually for each breakout session. We suggest arriving early to register, to allow time to get coffee at our snack bar, and then to leisurely review the breakout session descriptions and make your selections before heading to the opening assembly!
The per person ticket price of $20 for the Festival includes a lunch with a vegetarian option (unfortunately not vegan or gluten-free). We do also offer a snack bar with coffee, juice, candy, and baked goods available for purchase. In addition, the school has vending machines scattered around for your convenience.
Click on this link to view and/or download the most current BREKOUT LIST and HERE to download the full page flyer for the Festival displayed below! Click on the X on the tab at the top of the new window that opens to get back to this page when you are ready OR on the X in the upper right of the screen to close your browser completely.
ONLINE TICKET SALES HAVE CLOSED AT THIS TIME - SORRY!
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ON SATURDAY 3/25/17 AT 8 AM!
Thank You Mary Bottari, Mike McCabe and John Nichols for your participation in the fest, and for your daily work in rebuilding our Wisconsin. Thank You George Lakoff, your generous sharing of your time and work helped make this year special. All of the Presenters, Raging Grannies, Solidarity Singers, Groups that Tabled, Volunteers and Attendees, with out you there would be no festival.
Thank You to Full Compass Sound for providing the sound system, Crossroads Coffeehouse for the coffee.
You all make it possible for the WGN Task Force to organize the festival, Thank You All
George Lakoff is the country’s leading expert on the framing of political discourse. His books on politics include the best selling "Don’t Think of an Elephant!," "The Political Mind," "Moral Politics, Thinking Points, and Whose Freedom?
Professor Lakoff helps progressive citizens’ groups, activists, and policy makers think through their values and general principles, strategically formulate their policies, and effectively frame the full gamut of issues to express their deepest beliefs more effectively. He has also advised many Democratic officeholders and candidates, and has spoken at the caucuses and retreats of both Senate and House Democrats. He has spoken widely, both here and abroad, is frequently interviewed on radio and television, and regularly blogs on topics of current interest. He spent over a decade as senior fellow at the Rockridge Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Berkeley, Calif., and is now on the International Advisory Board of Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain. One of the world’s most renowned linguists, he is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. Before that, he taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan, and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
Professor Lakoff is a founder of the fields of Cognitive Science and Cognitive Linguistics. He has published hundreds of technical articles, as well as books on Linguistics, Politics, Psychology, Poetics, Philosophy, and Mathematics. He specializes in the study of the mind and language, and has published the following books in that area: Metaphors We Live By (with Mark Johnson); Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things; More than Cool Reason (with Mark Turner); Philosophy in the Flesh (with Mark Johnson); and Where Mathematics Comes From (with Rafael Núñez).
For over two decades, he was Co-Director of the Neural Theory of Language Project at the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley. His current technical research is on the theory of how the neural circuitry of the brain gives rise to thought and language.
The Wisconsin Grassroots Network was pleased to have Professor Lakoff as the featured keynote speaker at its Sixth Annual Grassroots Festival, held March 22, 2014, at Wisconsin Heights HS, in Mazomanie, WI. In addition to his keynoter duties, Prof. Lakoff hosted two sectional sessions on messaging and addressed a dinner group of almost 70 guests at the Old Feed Mill Restaurant.
Over the next several days, Professor Lakoff held both public and private seminar meetings sponsored by the Forward Institute, the University of Wisconsin and The Havens Center. One of these sessions was titles "Organizing and Communications based on Framing." Another, more technical, academic presentation was “Neural Politics: Cognitive and Material Power,” the first public presentation of his latest research.