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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, Fanny Hill buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To make reservations, call 715-836-3266 or email alumni@uwec.edu.

From Middle Earth and Beyond: Investigating New Zealand's South Island through UW-Eau Claire's International Fellows Program

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Noon-1 p.m.

Fanny Hill Restaurant
3919 Crescent Ave., Eau Claire

Dr. Harry Jol, UW-Eau Claire professor of geography and anthropology, and Shanti Freitas, intercultural immersion coordinator, will discuss a research opportunity through the International Fellows Program that took three undergraduates to the South Island of New Zealand. The presentation will look at how deep the river deposits are around the Middle Earth community of Edoras, what happens to the coast when two continents slide past each other and how a windy environment provides a unique breeding ground for an endangered coastal gannet community. Jol and Freitas also will discuss how the IFP capitalizes on the strength and success of high-impact academic experiences at UW-Eau Claire.

Join us for a delicious lunch and fascinating discussion of several research projects from Middle Earth and beyond.

About the presenters


Dr. Harry Jol
Dr. Harry Jol
Shanti Freitas

Dr. Harry Jol joined the UW-Eau Claire geography and anthropology faculty in 1996. He is also an adjunct at the University of Toledo and associate researcher with the Bethsaida Excavations Project. During his doctoral research through the present, Jol has utilized ground-penetrating radar at more than 1,200 sites in North America, Europe, Israel, New Zealand, Antarctica and Australia. He has a broad background in many fields of the earth sciences, particularly geomorphology, sedimentology and geoarchaeology. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Simon Fraser University and a doctorate from the University of Calgary.

Shanti Freitas is the intercultural immersion coordinator who currently manages the International Fellows Program at UW-Eau Claire. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Smith College and a master's degree in international education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Freitas worked with study abroad students and volunteers for three years in Ecuador and led students on immersion programs in various Latin American countries.

For more information about the presentation, contact Dr. Harry Jol at 715-836-3472 or jolhm@uwec.edu.

Upcoming Let's Do Lunch presentations

The next Let's Do Lunch event will take place in fall 2014. Watch for more information!