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Saperston To Lead Discussion
On Traits of Successful People
MAILED: Sept. 10, 1999|
"The Journey," an interactive lecture and town hall-style discussion led by Eric Saperston, will be presented Monday, Sept. 20, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Admission is free and open to all.
"The Journey" was ignited by an old Chinese proverb: "To know the road ahead, ask those coming back." Based on Eric Saperston's ongoing travels throughout America, the program is designed to bridge the gap between those who want to learn and those who want to teach. The mission of "The Journey" is to document conversations with the country's leaders and bring their stories, wisdom and philosophies to colleges and universities around the world.
Saperston took to the road six years ago, interviewing hundreds of young people about their dreams, struggles and aspirations and juxtaposing their concerns and ideas with those of our nation's most passionate and insightful elders.
His interviews include former President Jimmy Carter; former FBI director William Sessions; comedian Billy Crystal; Vi Hilbert, last member of the Upper-Skagit Indian tribe; astronaut Kathy Thornton; former Texas governor Ann Richards; U.S. Rep. John Lewis; author Ken Kesey; Holocaust survivor Gert Koppel; Bernie Marcus, founder and owner of Home Depot; Horste Schulze, president of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company; actor-director Henry Winkler; and the late Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead.
The purpose of these interviews is to open a dialogue with successful people and learn the common traits, motivating factors and struggles that have proven to be the cornerstones of their achievements.
Saperston is directing a feature-length documentary for Disney and writing a book, "Reflections from the Road," based on his travels and interviews. He is soon to begin work on a series for MTV.
A contributor to the best-selling book "Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul," Saperston has worked with VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and was a member of the U.S. Olympic Torch Crew. The highlight of his speaking career was being honored as keynote speaker for the White House Americorps Program at the Martin Luther King Conference on Service.
The presentation is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 10, 1999