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University Journalism Students and Faculty to Learn
About Native American and Hmong History 

MAILED: April 8, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  Journalism students and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Eau Claire high schools will be among those attending a two-day workshop designed to help them better understand Native American and Hmong history, culture and social issues.
         "First Nations, New Nations," hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and South Dakota State University, will be held April 12 and 13 at the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul, Minn.
         "My hope is that students will walk away from 'First Nations, New Nations' with an expanded definition of community," said Lynette Nyman, Knight Journalist-in-Residence at UW-Eau Claire. "And that they will have a greater understanding of the challenges and triumphs of those who live in both minority and majority cultures. This is especially important for future journalists because the growing diversity of this nation is an important story that will be with us for some time to come."
         Workshop sessions will address topics such as "Hmong in the Media," "Native American Independent Press" and "Tribal Sovereignty." Speakers include leaders, activists and social service professionals as well as journalists who have reported on Hmong and Native American communities. Minnesota State Sen. Mee Moua will visit during the Friday evening dinner.
         The Knight-Journalist-in-Residence Program, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will pay for the event, with UW-Eau Claire and South Dakota State University hosting it.
         "The workshop is the centerpiece of this first year of the Knight Journalist-in-Residence Program, and offers opportunities for students and faculty from UW-Eau Claire and South Dakota State University to learn from each other and from the outstanding panelists," said Dr. David Gordon, chair of UW-Eau Claire communication and journalism department. "It will provide 1 days of immersion into the Hmong and Native American communities, and we expect it to stretch the cultural horizons of our students from majority backgrounds."
         A number of UW-Eau Claire students and faculty plan to participate, as well as journalism students and teachers from Eau Claire North and Memorial high schools.
         "It's all about helping the different parts of our society become more knowledgeable about each other," Gordon said.
         Workshop sessions will begin at 2 p.m. April 12 in the Owens Science Hall's 3M Auditorium, and end at 4:30 p.m. April 13.
         For more information, contact Gordon at (715) 836-2528, or Nyman at (651) 228-0964 or

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Updated: April 8, 2002