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Tip Sheet for week of Oct. 8, 2012

October 8, 2012

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When Dr. Bob Nowlan began teaching in the English department in 1997 he was the first openly gay faculty member in the history of UW-Eau Claire. As the university prepares for this week's National Coming Out Day celebration, the Eau Queer Film Festival and other LGBTQ related activities, Nowlan is available to share his thoughts about the current campus climate and how it has evolved during his years on campus. You can reach him at ranowlan@uwec.edu. Christopher Jorgenson, Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center coordinator and a 2010 UW-Eau Claire graduate, also is available to share his observations and experiences as a student and now as a university employee. You can reach him at jorgencj@uwec.edu. LGBTQ related events on campus this week include:

  • UW-Eau Claire's "get OUT!" event — a celebration of National Coming Out Day — will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, on the second-floor terrace of Davies Center (rain site: The Cabin of Davies Center). The event will feature music, coming out stories and conversations. It will feature performances by UW-Eau Claire musical groups Fifth Element, Audacious, Impromptu and The Singing Statesmen. Established in 1988, National Coming Out Day is a civil awareness day for coming out and discussions about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. It is observed by members of the LGBTQ community, their friends and allies every year. Thursday's event is open to the public. For details, contact Christopher Jorgenson at 715-836-2693 or jorgencj@uwec.edu.
  • The Eau Queer Film Festival will run from Oct. 11-14 in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center. The student-run festival celebrates the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning communities through screening and discussing documentaries, features, comedies and shorts. Participants will embrace difference, promote equality, challenge and educate through the powerful medium of film. You can find more information about the event and films, as well as contact information for event organizers, on the Eau Queer Film Festival website.

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Several events are scheduled this week to celebrate Latin American Studies Week, including a presentation by Adrian Burgos Jr. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign titled "Integrating Latinos into Major League Baseball: Highlights of the history of Latino baseball players in the United States." Burgos is an expert on the history of Latinos and African Americans in Major League Baseball and the Negro Leagues. His talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, (TODAY) in the Dulany Inn of Davies Center. For details about other LAS events, go to Latin American Studies Week.

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The 2012-13 Forum series will begin this week with "An Evening with Tim Wise" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Schofield Auditorium. Wise's presentation is titled "They Want Their Country Back: Racial Nostalgia and White Anxiety in an Era of Change." Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Recently named one of "25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World," by Utne Reader, Wise will explore how many white Americans, anxious over social, political, economic and cultural changes, have fallen prey to a politics of resentment and backlash.

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The music and theatre arts department will present the 21st annual Clearwater Choral Festival Oct. 12-13, under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff and Dr. Alan Rieck. The festival will feature UW-Eau Claire's premier choir ensembles and the best of the area's high school student vocalists. The A Cappella Extravaganza will kick off the festival at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Schofield Auditorium. The concert will showcase students in seven popular a cappella groups at UW-Eau Claire and Memorial High School's Vocal Jazz ensemble. Events Oct. 13 will begin at 1:15 p.m. with the UW-Eau Claire Voice and Choral Area Concert in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The Concert Choir will begin the Festival Concert at 7 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall.

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