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UW-Eau Claire Forum Series Begins
63rd Season by Examining HIV Infection


 MAILED:  Aug. 20, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — In its 63rd season, The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire addresses five important issues: HIV and its impact on the homosexual community in the U.S.; the dangers surrounding mad cow disease and chronic wasting disease; drug policy and reform; punishment and democracy as they relate to prison reform; and the state of women in Asia and the Middle East.

Filmmaker Louise Hogarth will present the first event of the 2004-05 series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, and Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Schofield Auditorium. Her Forum presentation will begin with a screening of her 2003 documentary, "The Gift," which will be followed by a discussion of the issues raised in the film. Filmed in San Francisco, this powerful and evocative documentary explores the phenomenon of "bug chasing" and "gift giving" — the deliberate infection of HIV.

"Without shame and blame, I wanted to explore the story of what went wrong with our prevention efforts and how we arrived at this place where people didn't care if they got infected," says Hogarth, a native of Wisconsin. "I wanted to delve into the isolation of HIV negative men and the guilt of AIDS survivors that leads them to want to be HIV positive. The issues are complex, and the solutions are not easy, but we cannot begin to address them until we stop denying them."

"The Gift" premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it made international headlines for its cutting-edge content and challenging message. Not recommended for children under the age of 17, the documentary explores controversial social and psychological issues and contains frank sexual discussions, some nudity, and language that may be offensive.

Hogarth's presentation is the first of five Forums this season. Details about other series events follow:

Season subscription and individual ticket information is available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. A range of subscription packages is available, offering discounts of 10 to 20 percent. Tickets for individual Forum events are $7 for the public, $5 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $3 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Park Inn and Suites Eau Claire (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for The Forum. Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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Updated: August 20, 2004