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Media Memo: Media Opportunity
with Kathryn Haddad

TO: News/Assignment Editors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, director, UW-Eau Claire News Bureau

DATE: March 8, 2005

SUBJECT: Media Opportunity with Kathryn Haddad

UW-Eau Claire alumna Kathryn Haddad will be available to talk with the media at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in Schofield Auditorium, just prior to the video presentation and discussion of the play "With Love from Ramallah."

The video presentation and discussion of "With Love from Ramallah" is slated for 2-5 p.m. March 9 in Schofield Auditorium.

Haddad, who coauthored the play with Juliana Pegues, will lead a question and answer session during the final hour of the presentation.

"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 in these times. The play deals with issues of immigration, isolation and occupation and explores the strength of the human spirit to survive. Taking place 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 Sept. 11 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.

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