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Peter Brown to Open 64th Season of The Forum
at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Aug. 31, 2005

Forum logoEAU CLAIRE — The 64th season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will spotlight new discoveries in human anthropology, the heroism of individuals who fought and survived genocide, and evenings of wordplay and poetry. Established in 1942, the lecture series continues to present many of the world's greatest minds and imaginations.

The season will open with a presentation by Australian paleoanthropologist Peter Brown on Tuesday, Sept. 27. In October 2004 Brown announced the discovery of an extinct dwarf human species that lived on the Indonesian island of Flores as recently as 13,000 years ago. The discovery of a human dwarf species — dubbed "the hobbit" by dig workers — has been called "one of the most startling paleoanthropological revelations in living memory" (Scientific American).

Brown's program, titled "A Revolution in Evolution: Rewriting Evolutionary History," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The event is the first of five Forums during the 2005-06 season.

  • Paul Rusesabagina, "Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to Be Learned"; Wednesday, Nov. 2, Zorn Arena, 7:30 p.m. The manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina sheltered more than 1,200 people during the genocide of 1994, using his wits to save their lives while more than 800,000 others were massacred in just 100 days. Rusesabagina's story was told in "Hotel Rwanda," one of the best films of 2004, nominated for three Academy Awards.
  • Baxter Black, "Horseshoes, Cowsocks and Duckfeet: An Evening of Cowboy Philosophy"; Monday, Dec. 5, Zorn Arena, 7:30 p.m. This former large animal veterinarian's wacko verse has been seen and heard by millions on "The Tonight Show," PBS and National Public Radio. Everything about him is cowboy — his cartoonish mustache, his personality, and his poetry — and it is the truth in his humor that makes it funny, as he exploits the flaws and foibles of everyday cowboy life. "He could make a dead man sit up and laugh," wrote the Washington Post.
  • Loung Ung, "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers"; Wednesday, March 29, Zorn Arena, 7:30 p.m. Selected as one of the 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Ung survived the killing fields of Cambodia, one of the bloodiest genocides of the 20th century. Her 2000 memoir became a national bestseller published in 11 countries and translated into nine languages.
  • Richard Lederer, "Confessions of a Word Lover"; Monday, May 8, Schofield Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Author of more than 3,000 books and articles about language and humor, Lederer cohosts "A Way With Words" on public radio every weekend, and his syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States.

Season subscription information is available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, (715) 836-3727. A range of subscription packages is available, and this year, for the first time, patrons are invited to build their own season, combining six or more Forum and Artists Series events at a 20 percent discount.

Tickets for individual Forum events are $7 for the public, $5 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $3 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Window sales begin Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (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.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for The Forum. Paul Rusesabagina's presentation is supported by a grant from the University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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