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UW-Eau Claire Forum Series to Open
With Return Visit from Gloria Steinem

RELEASED: Aug. 10, 2006

Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

EAU CLAIRE — The 65th season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will open with a presentation by writer, lecturer and editor Gloria Steinem Tuesday, Sept. 26.

An icon of the women's rights movement, Steinem first addressed The Forum in 1971, the year before she co-founded Ms. Magazine. She will return to reflect on her involvement in the social movements of the past four decades, discussing the politics of gender, the economic power of the female and minority consumer market, and workplace issues. Author of the bestsellers "Revolution from Within," "Moving Beyond Words, and "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions," Steinem is currently at work on "Road to the Heart: America As If Everyone Mattered," a book about her years on the road as a feminist organizer. She is also writing for other books and publications, and is part of an effort to form a women's media center and a woman-controlled radio network.

Steinem's program, titled "The Longest Revolution," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The event is the first of seven Forums scheduled for the 2006-07 season. Additional presentations will include:

  • Rabbi Bob Alper and Azhar Usman — "One Muslim, One Jew, One Stage"; 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, Schofield Auditorium. The world's only practicing clergyman doing standup comedy, Rabbi Bob Alper will present an evening of non-political laughter in concert with Azhar Usman, one of the world's few American Muslim standup comedians.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America — "Iraq War Stories from Those Who Served"; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, Zorn Arena. Comprised of men and women who have served and who have returned to civilian life, this panel has a unique and politically valuable perspective on the war. The veterans tell their own stories in their own words and give direct feedback about the war without a media filter.
  • Michael Fedo — "A Life Informed by a Lynching"; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, Schofield Auditorium. A former correspondent for The New York Times tells the story of the 1920 Duluth lynching of three young black men, and of the mob caught up in an extraordinary moment of violence and hatred.
  • "Inside The Onion"; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, Zorn Arena. A satirical newspaper distributed free in many major cities and read online by more than 1.5 million people each week, The Onion is created by a staff of about ten funny persons. Two Onion staff members will offer The Forum audience an inside glimpse of this national icon, created in 1988 by two UW-Madison students working out of their dorm.
  • Star Parker — "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty"; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, Schofield Auditorium. Conservative African American journalist and founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education, Star Parker is a regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. A former welfare mom, Parker shares her journey up from the lower rungs of the economic system and addresses the importance of extending the free market system to this neglected group of people.
  • David Orr — "The Global Predicament"; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, Zorn Arena. One of the most knowledgeable environmentalists in the country will talk about the chemistry of the atmosphere and the changes occurring at a rate he describes as "awesomely fast." Chair of the environmental studies program at Oberlin College, Orr is the author of the academic bestsellers "Earth in Mind" and "Ecological Literacy."

Established in 1942, The Forum continues its tradition of presenting many of the world's greatest minds and imaginations. A typical Forum includes a 60-minute lecture, a 30-minute question-and-answer session, and an open reception.

Season subscription information is available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, 715-836-3727. Subscription packages include the "Works" package at a 25 percent discount or a build-your-own-season package of six or more Artists Series and Forum 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 Monday, Aug. 21.

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.

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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