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Bill Strickland

Bill Strickland

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Zorn Arena
7:30 pm

The Art of Leadership and the Business of Social Change

Social innovator Bill Strickland transforms the lives of thousands of adults and teens through his arts and vocational training centers. A winner of the MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award, Strickland founded the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. Working with corporations, community leaders and schools, he and his staff strive to give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and build a better future. His 2007 book, Make the Impossible Possible, includes Strickland’s own story of how an inner-city kid came to lecture at Harvard University and serve on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts. In December President Obama named Bill Strickland one of the 25 inaugural members of the White House Council for Community Solutions.

Bill Strickland


$8  General Public
$6  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are half price until the day of the event

This event will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are also available upon request.


Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, The Forum is funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio, WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support.

Bill Strickland is briefly featured in the documentary Waiting for 'Superman' (2010), an exploration of the current state of public education in America. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present the film October 27–30, with screenings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.