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Tip Sheet for the Week of March 7

Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

RELEASED: March 7, 2005

Story Idea
A video presentation and discussion of the play "With Love from Ramallah" will run from 2-5 p.m. March 9 in Schofield Auditorium. UW-Eau Claire alumna Kathryn Haddad, who coauthored the play, will lead a question and answer session during the final hour of the presentation. Haddad will be available to talk with the media at 1:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium, prior to her presentation. The play breaks new ground in showcasing the Arab American community and the problems and joys of living in America and living in the Middle East in these times. It deals with issues of immigration, isolation and occupation and explores the strength of the human spirit. Taking place on the West bank of the Mississippi River (in Minneapolis) and the West bank of the River Jordan (in Ramallah), it shows what life is like for Arab immigrants in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and for Palestinians in Ramallah during the political crises in the Middle East. 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, she is a recipient of a Jerome Travel and Study grant, a Playwrights' Center Many Voices Resident, and the recipient of a Bush Foundation Fellowship.

Story Idea
Students from tsunami affected countries will share their insights relating to the disaster and their home countries during an International Roundtable discussion at 4 p.m. March 9 in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. Students participating in the discussion, titled "Tsunami: Understanding the Deadly Wave," are: Don Danushka Gunaratne, Sri Lanka; Indira Nugroho, Indonesia; Sandeep Bang, India; and Anjali Anand, Malaysia. Kent Syverson, associate professor of geology, will facilitate the discussion. The media is welcome to attend the session.

Story/Photo Idea
A piece of the Council Oak tree has returned to UW-Eau Claire. Art Professor Mike Christopherson used wood from the tree to craft a bench that was installed in the McIntyre Library. It's located in the southwest corner of the first floor, behind Government Publications. Visitors can sit on it and look at the spot where the tree once stood. For nearly three centuries, the tree stood on the south lawn of the lower campus between the current Nursing Building and the Little Niagara Creek. The tree first served as a shelter, marker and gathering place for generations of Native Americans. During the 20th century, generations of college students met and studied under the oak tree. In 1966, in honor of the university's 50th anniversary, art professor Kenneth Campbell used the image of the Council Oak to create the university's seal. In 1987, a wind storm blew the tree over. On the seat of Christopherson's bench is a laser-engraved image of the tree. For details, contact Christopher Cox at (715) 836-4454 or coxcn@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
Larisa Mikhaylova, a Moscow State University visiting Fulbright scholar, will give a presentation titled "Challenges Are Not Met: Women in Russia and Democracy Today," from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8 in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. She will discuss issues currently facing Russian women during the Women's History Month event.

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