Odyssey Events

Tuesday Morning Booktalks, Fall 2024: A benefit for Odyssey

Join fellow booklovers and UW English professor Emily Auerbach for a lively discussion of two powerful books focused on resilience. Classes meet on Tuesdays in the South Madison Community Room at 2300 S. Park St. (free and accessible parking) from 10-11:30 AM, with coffee and snacks served starting at 9:30 AM. This program is offered free, but with hope that participants will donate to the life-changing UW Odyssey Project, a free jumpstart course in the humanities for adults facing barriers to higher education. Details for the upcoming Fall 2024 sessions are below:

Sept 10 Isabel Allende, The Wind Knows My Name: A Novel
This 2023 novel by acclaimed Chilean-American author Allende intertwines two stories of refugee children fleeing trauma and searching for home and family. In 1938, five-year-old Samuel escapes occupied Vienna on the Kindertransport train; in 2019, seven-year-old Anita escapes danger in El Salvador on a train but winds up alone in a detention camp in Arizona.

Oct 29 Rebekah Taussig, Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body (UW’s Go Big Read selection)
Paralyzed from age three and confined to a wheelchair, Taussig challenges readers to consider disability from a different perspective: “Instead of disability as the limitation, what if a lack of imagination was the actual barrier?” Described as a combination memoir, essay, and call to action, Sitting Pretty (2020) will spark discussions campus wide, including with the author when she visits Madison.


REGISTRATION LINK: If you plan to attend Tuesday Morning Booktalks this spring, please register (even though free) so we know how much food to order and how many handouts to make. Please fill out our digital interest form below.

Register here

Questions about Tuesday Morning Booktalks? Contact Professor Emily Auerbach at emily.auerbach@wisc.edu.

Why Vote?

Odyssey students holding a teddybear with a 'Vote' shirt

The UW Odyssey Project presents: A Celebration of Voting!

In an effort to encourage increased voter participation and the understanding of voting, we invite you to come register to vote, get information about where and how to vote, vote at a nearby location, hear Odyssey students read their winning “Why Vote?” essays, meet specials guests, share refreshments, and win door prizes. There will also be activities for children. We hope to see you there!

Who: You! This event is free and open to the public.

Where: Black Business Hub, Ascendium Atrium, 2352 S Park St, Madison, WI 53713

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2024

Voting Information

Annual Odyssey Holiday Bazaar

2022 Odyssey Holiday Bazaar

Our annual Odyssey Holiday Bazaar is a great way to start your holiday shopping early while supporting Odyssey artists and entrepreneurs. Mexican handbags, delectable caramel cake, handmade soap, and Ecuadorian ponchos: This is just a small sampling of the student-created gifts you can purchase at this event.

*Our next Holiday Bazaar event will be in December 2024 – stay tuned for details! 

Past Events

  • First OBW Class Completes Their Mission!

    Most of the military veterans in this year’s Odyssey Beyond Wars class never got to attend their high school commencement, so the graduation celebration of the first OBW was a particularly special occasion, marked by …

  • The Triumphant Class of 2024!

    “Thank you, Odyssey,” said Cierra, “for creating an environment where dreams are nurtured and futures are shaped,” and Lucas noted, “Odyssey helped remind me of my worth and power, and I’ll forever be grateful for …

  • A Global Celebration

    “I’m glad I could use getting old as an excuse to raise money for the UW Odyssey Project,” quipped 95-year-old Bob Auerbach, “and I plan to do it again for my 100th!” For two hours …

  • A Badger Spring – Day of the Badger 2024

    Odyssey Rocks Day of the Badger!  For the past few years, Odyssey has finished in the top ten on the leaderboard for the Day of the Badger, a spirited day of giving (and some good-natured …

  • Harmony in Black

    Harmony in Black

    On Wednesday, October 11, Black composers Bill Banfield and Patrice Rushen, along with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra CEO Joe Loehnis and other staff members, visited our Odyssey class and engaged in conversation with the Class of …

  • Odyssey students at APT

    Odyssey visits the American Players Theater!

    Thanks to American Players Theatre (APT), American Family Insurance, and other donors for sponsoring a trip for Odyssey students and their families to see “Romeo & Juliet” on Saturday, September 30th, at 2 PM. Students …

  • Odyssey Program class of 2023

    Odyssey Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony (May 3)

    Thank you so much to those of you that were able to join us either in person or via Zoom as we celebrated the incredible and resilient UW Odyssey Project Class of 2023 on May …

  • A collection of images of UW–Madison Odyssey Project students and staff.

    Celebrating 20 years of Odyssey (April 20)

    Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating Odyssey’s 20 years of life-changing impact at our Chazen anniversary event! Guests enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and music by Kinfolk (featuring Odyssey alumni) as they mingled in …

  • Odyssey crafts

    Odyssey Holiday Bazaar (December 3)

    Many Odyssey students create handmade items such as jewelry, books, notecards, cookbooks, soap, and musical instruments. Attendees were able to start their holiday shopping early, support Odyssey artists and entrepreneurs, meet staff and students, and …

  • Odyssey students holding a teddybear with a 'Vote' shirt

    20 Years of Amplifying Odyssey Voices and Celebrating Voting (October 12)

    Thanks for joining us in person or via Zoom to celebrate Odyssey’s 20 years of empowering students to find their voices and change the world. The powerful evening featured Odyssey student and alumni readings, a …

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