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Terrace Talks


Terrace Talks is a new series which provides thought-provoking presentation and discussion relating to forward thinkers in design, education, business and technology who break new boundaries. Dynamic speakers, many former TED Talk presenters, share relevant, current topics relating to our everyday lives. The series is geared towards the general public, professionals and learning enthusiasts alike.  Terrace Talks is entertaining, inspiring and educational for the entire community.

Stay tuned for the Fall 2014 schedule!




The Wright Design Series

The Wright Design Series


7pm • Lecture Hall

The design series is sponsored by Southwest Chapter AIA Wisconsin, Monona Terrace, and Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin.

The Wright Design Series was inspired by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright who, although known for his architectural designs, also created designs in furniture, clothing, textiles and tableware. The free lectures and discussions highlight a wide array of design topics including architecture.

Here's what some past participants had to say:
We salute your broader scope and found the presentations all excellent!”
- Greg B., Madison

“Loved the whole experience! Wonderful people!” -
Betsy H., Monona

Tuesday, May 6 
“Beyond Buildings: How to Be at Home in the Modern World"
Presented by Aaron Betsky, Director, Cincinnati Art Museum
Explore how architecture can, if it moves beyond its fixation on solitary buildings, become a way in which we can be at home in and make sense of our modern world.

Wednesday, March 7
"Workplace of the Future"
Presented by Jon Pickard, FAIA
Join architect Jon Pickard of Connecticut-based Pickard Chilton as he explains how daylight, fresh air, nature and other significant factors impact the design of high-performance workplaces, and how subtle calibrations of design elements can increase collaboration and innovation activity in the workplace.

Tuesday, May 20
"Olgivanna Lloyd Wright: Partner to Genius; Author, Composer, and CEO"
Presented by Indira Berndtson, The Frank Lloyd Wright Archives
Discover the uncataloged correspondence of Olgivanna Lloyd Wright along with unpublished photos from the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives.  This presentation will provide new insight into Mr. and Mrs. Wright's thoughts, life and work.




PechaKucha Night


What is PechaKucha? The concept is simple: Each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece. It’s an event that is never the same twice, so leave your expectations at the door. Monona Terrace is proud to serve as the official Madison site for PechaKucha International. Cash bar on site.

Thursday, August 28
‘Biotech as a “metaphor” for Life! x PechaKucha’
Presented by High Tech Happy Hour (HTHH)
Madison is a hotbed for Biotechnology firms  doing cool things like building medical diagnostic testing kits, supporting groundbreaking research and  developing new products that will shape the way we look farming in the future.  Come join us for the evening and listen as some interesting folks tell us about some of the thrilling, peculiar and sometimes just plain crazy insights they have gained about life through working in the field of Biotechnology.


Sponsored  by Monona Terrace
& High Tech Happy Hour
Devised and shared by
KleinDytham Architecture



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