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Join the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association for this monthly noon-hour speaker series. Enjoy a luncheon buffet, an informative presentation and engaging discussion with UW-Eau Claire experts.

Reservations are requested for Let's Do Lunch sessions, which are open to the public. The ticket price of $13 per session includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To make reservations, call 715-836-3266 or email alumni@uwec.edu.

The Ride Rolls On: Rediscovering A Wisconsin Freedom Rider

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
Noon-1 p.m.
Eau Claire Golf & Country Club
828 Clubview Lane, Altoona

In May 1961 the Congress of Racial Equality sent 13 civil rights activists on a harrowing bus journey from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans in an effort to challenge segregation on interstate travel. The group was soon met with violence, including the first bus being firebombed in Anniston, Alabama, while the second drove riders directly into the weapon-wielding hands of a Birmingham mob.

Join author B.J. Hollars as he discusses this watershed moment in American history, focusing on the story of James Zwerg, a white male from Wisconsin (and future resident of Eau Claire), whose bloodied photo would make national headlines, propelling the young man to become a reluctant icon in a movement much larger than he.

About the presenter:

B.J. Hollars

B.J. Hollars

B.J. Hollars, assistant professor of English, joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2011. He teaches creative writing, literature and composition. Hollars is the author of "Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America" (University of Alabama Press, 2011) and "In Defense of Monsters" (Origami Zoo Press, 2012) and is the editor of "Monsters: A Collection of Literary Sightings," (Pressgang, 2012); "You Must Be This Tall To Ride: Contemporary Writers Take You Inside The Story" (Writer's Digest Books, 2009); and "Blurring the Boundaries: Explorations to the Fringes of Nonfiction" (University of Nebraska Press, 2012). His stories and essays have been published or are forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Creative Nonfiction, North American Review, Ninth Letter, The Southeast Review, among others. He holds a bachelor's degree from Knox College and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Alabama.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at alumni@uwec.edu or 715-836-3266.

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