Nader to open 61st season of The Forum
Nader will open the 61st season of The Forum at UW-Eau Claire on
Tuesday, Sept. 24, with a lecture titled "World Trade, Globalization
and You: Bigger is Not Better."
Beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena,
Nader's formal presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer
session and a reception.
Nader has devoted his life to giving people the tools they need
to defend themselves against corporate negligence and government
indifference, saving great numbers of lives in the process. His
tireless commitment to the public interest has made him a mainstay
on the lists of the most admired and influential Americans. Nader
first spoke on The Forum in 1970 and is one of very few national
figures who have been invited to speak on the university's
lecture series three times.
his last Forum presentation, in May 1991, a member of the audience
asked Nader why he has chosen to live his life as he has. He spoke
of the example set by his Lebanese immigrant parents, who ran a
small Connecticut restaurant where public affairs were always the
subject of spirited debate, and of the special meaning that civic
responsibility had held for him since childhood.
is no greater pleasure than to tackle a community or national problem
with others — to apply intelligence to it, and to get it remedied.
No greater joy," Nader said.
standard press description gets it right about Nader's frugal
habits and bookish manner," wrote Harper's Magazine
editor Lewis Lapham, "but it misses his candor, his modesty,
and his wit.... He draws the strength of his convictions from his
knowledge of the facts, often staying up until 5 a.m. in the company
of the Congressional Record or court transcripts that would intimidate
anybody less relentless about the study of public policy."
in Winsted, Conn., in 1934, Nader graduated magna cum laude from
Princeton University in 1955 and from Harvard Law School in 1958.
He came to the public's attention in 1965 when his best-selling
book, "Unsafe at Any Speed," exposed unsafe cars such
as General Motors' dangerously defective Corvair. When GM
went to exceptional lengths to discredit him — including hiring
private detectives to tail him — Nader sued for invasion of
privacy. Forced to admit its wrongdoing and apologize when its president
was called before a U.S. Senate committee, GM settled the case.
Nader used the funds from the settlement to launch the modern consumer
from around the country began pouring into Washington, D.C., to
work with Nader. His professional associates, known as Nader's
Raiders, presented scores of studies and successfully lobbied for
legislation to protect consumers, workers, taxpayers and the environment,
combating corporate abuse and increasing citizen access to government.
spurred the passage of such landmark laws as the Clean Air Act and
the Freedom of Information Act. Working with lawmakers, he was instrumental
in creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the
Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety
has founded dozens of public interest organizations — including
Public Citizen, the Center for Auto Safety, the Center for the Study
of Responsive Law, and Citizen Works — to expose and remedy
the dangers that threaten a free and safe society. Establishing
a model for citizen action around the country — showing that
citizen action is not only important, but
fun — is probably his most enduring legacy, Nader has said.
has written, co-authored and sponsored dozens of books, and many
of his writings are collected in "The Ralph Nader Reader"
first ran for the U.S. presidency on the Green Party ticket in 1996,
capturing fewer than 700,000 votes (.71 percent) nationwide. His
more aggressive second campaign — detailed in his 2002 book,
"Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for
President" — brought Nader 2.8 million votes, or 2.74
percent of the national total. His campaign focused on public financing
of public elections, consumer-powered universal health care, establishment
of a living wage, and renegotiation of international trade agreements
to protect labor rights, environmental standards and American jobs.
Wisconsin, Nader received 1.31 percent of the presidential vote
in 1996, and 3.62 percent in 2000.
appearance on The Forum is cosponsored by the University Activities
Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
A call for student speakers for
The Commencement Committee invites all students eligible
for graduation in December 2002 to apply to deliver the Reflections
at commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 21.
Commencement Committee will select manuscripts to be given orally
before a second screening committee. The oral competition will take
place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Davies Theatre.
will be judged on: development of a central theme; relevance to
all listeners and to the commencement occasion; originality of ideas;
and appropriateness of language and style.
read at a normal speaking rate, the Reflections can be no longer
than four minutes. Manuscripts must be clearly typed and double-spaced.
Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and school should
be included on the cover page only.
the committee has made recommendations for change, Reflections will
be given at the commencement ceremony as written and presented to
the final selection committee. Judy Sims, communication and journalism,
will be available to coach speakers prior to the ceremony.
deadline for submission of manuscripts is 4 p.m. Monday,
Nov. 11. Manuscripts should be hand-delivered or mailed
to Beverly Soll, Activities and Programs Office, Davies 133.
more information, call Soll at 836-4419.
World of UW-EC open to all of us
Editorial by Don Huebscher
(Reprinted with permission from Sept. 15, 2002, issue)
on where you're from, you may or may not consider Eau Claire
a lively place. But one thing for sure is that it becomes more lively
in September when the 10,600 students return to campus and the surrounding
residential area to begin a new school year.
you've lived in Eau Claire for a while, the tendency is to
treat the hustle and bustle of the campus without much thought.
The students are back in class … so what?
fact, having a campus in our community is a very big deal, something
that becomes clear when you think about it. The economic impact
is obvious and significant. The university employs some 1,300 people
who are experts in everything from music to foreign language to
nursing to politics to history to chemistry to … well, you
get the idea. These people don't only teach class, but they
live here, and so do their families. They enrich our community tremendously.
that's just part of UW-Eau Claire's impact on our community.
There is a large support staff that maintains the buildings and
grounds, provides the food service, counsels the students, supervises
them in the dormitories and staffs the library, Davies Center and
other facilities that are busy morning and night.
economic impact hardly stops within the boundaries of campus. A
number of local businesses exist to serve students, be it many of
the shops, restaurants and bars on Water Street. Others benefit
more indirectly, but they benefit, and in return many provide jobs
for students who in turn spend their earnings in the community.
And when they graduate, many put down roots in the Chippewa Valley
and help manage companies and volunteer in the community.
those of in the area who look at the university only for its economic
benefits are really missing the boat, the cultural boat, that is.
Last month the Leader-Telegram published UW-Eau Claire's 2002-03
calendar of events, and the depth and breadth of programs and opportunities
open to all of us is mind-boggling.
do you start? Ralph Nader on Sept. 24? Seymour Hersh on Oct. 22?
The Tuesday night planetarium programs at Phillips Hall? The University
Theatre? The nine events making up the Artists Series? The International
Folk Fair on Oct. 27? The Hmong New Year in November? Cabaret XXX
in January? Black History Month events in February? The Viennese
Ball in April?
could go on and on. The Foster Gallery exhibits … student
and faculty recitals … the award-winning jazz groups …
The Innocent Men and so many other talented musicians and performers.
There are the Holiday Concerts on Dec. 8, Homecoming, the UAC Cabin,
the UAC film series, the McIntyre Library, and men's and women's
athletics ranging from basketball at Zorn Arena to hockey at Hobbs.
every event is for everybody. Besides, it would be nearly impossible
to get to all of them. The thing to remember is that the next time
you're sitting around looking for something to do on a free
night, chances are you need go no further than our local campus
to enjoy yourself and learn something all at the same time. The
same goes for those in the Menomonie and River Falls areas, where
those campuses are likewise jam-packed with things to do.
going on? Fact is, there's so much going on one hardly knows
where to begin.
a wonderful problem to have!
In Brief Calendar
of Events Faculty/Staff News
Liz Wolf Green, Editor
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
· Diane Walkoff,
Editorial Assistant ·
September 19, 2002