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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
June Jordan to Give Forum
Lecture at UW-Eau Claire
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: Oct. 14, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — Poet, novelist, essayist and activist June Jordan will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Friday, Oct. 30. Her Forum presentation, titled "Changing Up the Future of Women," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception in the Dulany Inn of Davies Center.
Jordan is professor of African American studies at the University of California-Berkeley, where she also directs the Poetry for the People program that reaches out to local high schools, congregations and correctional facilities. Jordan expresses conscious optimism on a wide range of subjects calling for the unity of justice, equality and tenderness. She comes to The Forum through a collaborative project with the 23rd Annual UW System Women's Studies Conference, which takes place at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 29-31.
The most-published African American writer in history, Jordan has written more than two dozen books — including the essay collections "Affirmative Acts" (1998), "Technical Difficulties" (1992) and "Civil Wars" (1980). She wrote the libretto and lyrics for John Adams' opera "I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky" (1995), to be released on CD this fall by Warner/Nonesuch.
Jordan's poetry is found in virtually every major anthology of contemporary poetry. Adrienne Rich has called her "one of the most musically and lyrically gifted poets of the late 20th century."
"Skeptical, angry, and sick of unexamined beliefs and hypocrisy, Jordan writes warrior poems: muscled, coiled, and unerringly accurate," wrote a Booklist magazine review of Jordan's most recent poetry volume, "Kissing God Goodbye" (1997). Love poems are interspersed with poems about Bosnia, Africa, urban America, Clarence Thomas, affirmative action, her mother's suicide and her own bout with breast cancer.
A regular columnist for The Progressive magazine, Jordan writes essays, poems, reviews and articles for publications ranging from The New York Times to Essence to Ms. magazine. In 1984 she received the National Association of Black Journalists Achievement Award for International Reporting on the Black Condition. In 1995 and 1998 she received Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Writers Awards.
A committed political activist, Jordan received the Nora Astorga Award of Madre, the U.S.-Latin American women's advocacy organization. She serves on the board of directors for the Center for Constitutional Rights.
"She is among the bravest of us, the most outraged," writer Alice Walker has said. "She feels for all. She is the universal poet."
Admission is $7 for the public; $5 for those age 62 and over and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $3 for those age 17 and under and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and at the door.
Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call the Service Center, (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.
The Forum is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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

Updated: Oct. 15, 1998