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The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) and UW-Stevens Point at Wausau Continuing Education are offering two specialized tours of the Madison and Washington, D.C., capitals. These behind-the-scenes tours will be led by longtime Madison insider and WIPPS Fellow Dave Anderson.

‘Best of Madison’ trip April 23-24 – register by March 21

Departing Wausau by motorcoach on April 23, the Madison experience begins with lunch and program overview by Stuart Levitan, a mainstay of Madison media and government since 1975. He is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and, since 1987, has been a labor mediator/arbitrator for the State of Wisconsin.

Over the next two days, Anderson will lead the up close and personal look at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Overture Center, Veterans Museum and the State Capitol. The tour itinerary includes time with a state legislator, lunch on the second day with a special guest and a tour of the award-winning Capital Brewery.

Due to the personalized experience this trip offers, space is limited. The trip includes transportation, overnight accommodations and most meals. Cost is $399, double occupancy.

Deadline to register is March 21. For trip details and to register, go to or call the UW Continuing Education office in Wausau at 715-261-6294.

Deadline April 1 for ‘Best of the Nation’s Capital’ October 27-November 1

For the “Best of the Nation’s Capital” trip on October 27-November 1, WIPPS and UW-Stevens Point at Wausau Continuing Education will partner with Road Scholar, the world’s largest and most innovative creator of experiential learning opportunities.

Some of the unique aspects of the Washington, D.C., trip include:

  • An up close and personal look at the workings of government – dine or meet with key current and former office holders and policymakers for behind-the-scenes discussions about headlines today.  Former Congressional leaders from both sides of the political aisle will discuss how Congress works – and how it has changed in recent years.
  • VIP tours of the U.S. Capitol by the offices of those who currently represent Wisconsin in Washington; and firsthand insight into how states like Wisconsin try to shape national policy to effectively meet the needs of their citizens back home.
  • Learning experiences at Washington’s vibrant cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian Museums, National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, Kennedy Center and a live theater performance.

Every step of the way, the group will be escorted by Anderson, longtime state and federal official. In the course of his 39-year career, Anderson has worked for a United States Senator, two members of the United States House of Representatives and three Governors, all from Wisconsin.

Due to the personalized nature of this tripspace is limited. To ensure a place, register by April 1 by going to or  call the UW Continuing Education office in Wausau at 715-261-6294.

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