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Tip Sheet for the Week of April 3, 2006

RELEASED: April 3, 2006

Story Idea
Recent and anticipated advances in the sciences have put traditional religious issues in a new light,
leaving many people struggling to make sense of how science fits with their faith-based beliefs. To help people work through these issues, several science and religion faculty and community members established the "Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion." The initiative will encourage discussions, bring experts to campus, and help high school science teachers address questions that touch on religion. The core members — which include science and religion faculty, clergy and a physician — have met since fall 2005 to study issues that have social and religious significance. This spring, they'll create study groups so others can join the discussion. They will bring national experts in science and religion to campus to lead public forums, and they'll organize discussions for high school teachers to help them address student concerns when religious beliefs are challenged by scientific discoveries. For details, contact Charlene Burns, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies and director of the CVDSR initiative, at (715) 836-2930 or burnscp@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Ideas
The American Indian Awareness Month celebration begins with several events.

  • Opening Reception. The reception will kick off American Indian Awareness Month. April 3, 4-6:30 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
  • Native Roots, an intergenerational theatre troupe from Lac du Flambeau, will share stories of the past and their impressions of today, and talk about what it means to be Anishinaabe today. Native Roots has performed throughout the U.S. April 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
  • "History of Boarding School Education: A Local Perspective” will be presented by the Native American Student Association. April 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
  • "Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and Tribal Natural Resource Protection" by Jim St. Arnold. A member of the Wolf Clan from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Michigan and a Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission program director, he discusses Ojibwe culture, treaty rights and resource management. April 8, 3-4:30 p.m., Wisconsin Room, Davies Center.

Story Idea
An April 6 multimedia presentation will review the global response to the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Jeffrey Kaplan, associate professor of religion at UW-Oshkosh, will lead "The War of the Cartoons" at 8 p.m. in Room 101, Hibbard Hall. It will place the uproar over the cartoons in political and religious contexts. An author/editor of 11 scholarly books, most of which examine religious violence and/or extremist groups, Kaplan has lived in the Middle East. He's organizing a symposium in Stockholm in June. For details, contact Scott Lowe, chair of the philosophy and religious studies department, at (715) 836-2993 or lowed@uwec.edu.

Visiting Expert
Michael Knetter, a UW-Eau Claire graduate and dean of the UW-Madison School of Business, will give a talk titled "Higher Education in Wisconsin" at 3 p.m. April 7 in Davies Theatre.
He graduated in 1983 with degrees in economics and mathematics. For details, contact Linda Glenna at (715) 836-5743 or glennale@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
Colleges Against Cancer is organizing the American Cancer Relay for Life event April 7 on the McPhee track. Fifty-three teams will try to raise $43,000. The overnight event will begin at 6 p.m. For details, contact Brianna Paul at paulbm@uwec.edu.

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