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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Black History Month Events
Scheduled at UW-Eau Claire
phone (715) 836-4741
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MAILED: Feb. 3, 2000

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will celebrate Black History Month in February with a series of events.
Unless otherwise noted, the following events are free and will take place in Davies Center:
  • "Hate Groups in Eau Claire" — 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, Menominee Room. Officer Bruce VanValkenburg, Eau Claire Police Department, will discuss which hate groups exist in the Eau Claire area and how to deal with them.

  • "Race and Women's Health in Eau Claire" — 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, Alumni Room. Three health care professionals, including adult health nursing department chair Dr. Sheila Smith, will discuss race's impact and unintended consequences on health care, in particular that of black, Hispanic, American Indian and Southeast Asian women.

  • "From the Inner City to the Ivy League" — 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, Schofield Auditorium, Schofield Hall. As part of the Forum lecture series, 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind will talk about the story of Cedric Jennings, a young man who made the transition from inner-city high school achiever to culture-shocked survivor at an Ivy League university. Tickets may be purchased at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.

  • "Race and Religious Outreach in the National and Local Environment" — 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, Menominee Room. Seven Eau Claire clergy will discuss religion's role in promoting racial harmony and equality in the Civil Rights movement and today.

  • "Paul Robeson" and "Dr. King's Dream" — 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, Riverside Theatre, Haas Fine Arts Center. The two plays will be performed by Mixed Blood Theater of Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Poetry Slam — 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 29, The Cabin. Students will recite poetry in three categories (original with black or racial themes, historical black and modern), and prize money will be awarded. The first-place recipient will receive $100, second-place $50 and third-place $25.

    Three related events will be held on campus following Black History Month:

  • "Can I Speak for You, Brother?" — 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 30, Schofield Auditorium, Schofield Hall. Artist-in-residence Phillip Walker, director of the African American Drama Company, will perform a one-man play examining the history, personalities and contributions of various black leaders. The show includes poetry, storytelling, dance and drama. Tickets may be purchased at the University Service Center in early March.

  • "Sisters, Can We Speak for You?" — 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, Schofield Auditorium, Schofield Hall. During the week following Phillip Walker's "Brother" performance, he will train and coach seven UW-Eau Claire students to perform this play examining the history of black female leaders.

  • "Tone Poem 2000: Divided Sisters" — As part of Women's History Month in March, students will perform an oral interpretation program of poetry, prose and music on the theme of bringing together black women and white women.

Black History Month is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., the American Ethnic Coordinating Office, history department, Black Student Association, University Activities Commission, and the Activities and Programs office.
For more information, contact Selika Ducksworth Lawton, (715) 836-4886, or the American Ethnic Coordinating Office, (715) 836-3367.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

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

Updated: Feb. 3, 2000