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UW-Eau Claire Graduate Returns to Present
and Discuss Her Play

RELEASED: March 1, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — A video presentation and discussion of the play "With Love from Ramallah" will be presented from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in Schofield Auditorium, Schofield Hall, on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus. UW-Eau Claire alumna Kathryn Haddad, who coauthored the play with Juliana Pegues, will lead a question and answer discussion session during the final hour of the presentation.

Directed by Pangea World Theatre director Dipankar Mukherjee, "With Love from Ramallah" breaks new ground in showcasing the Arab American community and the problems and joys of living in America and living in the Middle East during this present time in history.

The play deals with issues of immigration, isolation and occupation and explores the strength of the human spirit to survive. Taking place both on the West bank of the Mississippi River (in Minneapolis) and the West bank of the River Jordan (in Ramallah), the play shows what life has been like for Arab immigrants in the wake of the September 11th attacks and for Palestinians in Ramallah during one for the severest political crises in the Middle East to date.

Haddad is a 1988 graduate of UW-Eau Claire and executive director and cofounder of Mizna, an Arab American arts organization. A writer and community organizer whose work has appeared in several publications, Haddad is a past recipient of a Jerome Travel and Study grant, a Playwrights' Center Many Voices Resident, and the recent recipient of a Bush Foundation Fellowship to further her work with the Arab American community.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsors of this event are the theatre, political science, history, curriculum and instruction, and English departments; Women's Studies Program; Office of Affirmative Action; Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice (SFPJ); and the Center for International Education.

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