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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Ojibwe Culture Topic Of May Workshop
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MAILED: April 17, 1998

EAU CLAIRE -- A daylong workshop titled "The Ojibwe Way of Life" will be offered Saturday, May 9, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The program - designed to teach participants about Ojibwe people, culture, and beliefs -- will run from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Davies Center.
Registration will run from 9:10 to 9:45 a.m., with the opening/welcome running from 9:45 to 10 a.m.
From 10 to 10:30 a.m., Dr. Rick St. Germaine, professor of foundations and library science, will present the keynote address "The Ojibwe in the 21st Century." Germaine has authored numerous manuscripts on Ojibwe history and is a past chair of the Lac Courte Oreilles Nation.
From 10:45 a.m. to noon, two concurrent sessions will run. Denise Sweet will lead a session titled "Ojibwe Women." Sweet is an award-winning Anishinabe poet (White Earth) and a professor of humanistic studies at UW-Green Bay. She also chairs the American Indian Studies program at UW-Green Bay.
The second session, titled "Issues in Education: Implementing Act 31," will be led by Scott Johnson. Johnson, a teacher and administrator at the Lac Courte Oreilles School for seven years, now is assistant principal at South Middle School in Eau Claire.
Following lunch, three concurrent sessions will run from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Mary Ellen Baker will lead "The Talking Circle" session. Baker is the founder of the Cultural Healing Center at Lac Courte Oreilles. She also is an alcohol and drug abuse counselor.
"Spirituality as a Lifestyle in Song and Dance" will be led by John "Little Bird" Anderson, a Tribal Elder. Anderson has served as president of the Lac Courte Oreilles College, Lac Courte Oreilles tribal chair, and director and professor of American Indian Studies Program at Mt. Senario College.
"Issues in Education: Implementing Act 31" also will be offered during the 1 to 2:15 p.m. time frame.
"The Talking Circle" and "Spirituality as a Lifestyle in Song and Dance" will be offered concurrently from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The program will conclude at 3:30 p.m.
Participants can earn endorsed training hours through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction or Continuing Education Units through UW-Eau Claire.
Registration is $25, which includes instruction materials and refreshments. For full-time high school or college students, registration is $10. The deadline for registration is May 4. No refunds will be given after May 4, and a $5 processing fee will be charged for canceling before May 4.
UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education and UW-Extension will sponsor the event.
For more information, contact La Vone Sneen at the College of Arts and Sciences Continuing Education at (715) 836-2031.


UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: April 16, 1998