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Local Women to Discuss Efforts to Promote Peace

RELEASED: Feb. 1, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Women on Wednesdays at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present "Women's Role in World Peace" from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Penthouse of Hibbard Hall.

Sarah Harder, Lois Helland, Karen Pope, Marta Krist, Sara Bachleitner and Marion Lang will discuss the efforts of local women to promote peace throughout the world. The six speakers are involved in a variety of peace organizations ranging from local campus organizations to an international one.

Sarah Harder, professor emerita of English, served 34 years at UW-Eau Claire as an administrator and faculty member. She is president and board chair of the National Peace Foundation, vice president of the International Federation of University Women, and past president of the American Association of University Women. Sarah has worked since 1991 on civil society, peace building and social partnership projects involving NGOs, their communities and their government in the Russian Federation.

Lois Helland is a lecturer in biology at UW-Eau Claire, a member of Women in Black and an active member of the AAUW.

Marion Lang is a founder of the Red Cedar Peace Initiative and has stood with Women in Black in Edinburgh, Scotland, and in Menomonie. She has organized community events that teach about social, political and economic issues from a non-violent perspective.

Sara Bachleitner, Greendale, is a junior Spanish major/TEFL and print journalism minor. She is in charge of the weekly peace rally on campus every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Marta Krist, Barneveld, is a senior majoring in English literature with a minor in Women's Studies. She has been involved in Students in Black.

Karen Pope, an assistant professor of library services at UW-Eau Claire, has been working on peace and justice issues as an educator in four states, an active citizen and a mother with a desperate desire to leave children a better world.

Event sponsors include Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Steven Tallant and the Office of Academic Affairs, Associate Vice Chancellor Kimberly Barrett and the Office of Student Development and Diversity, Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership, Women's Studies Program, UW-Eau Claire Commission on the Status of Women, Women in Higher Education, the American Association of University Women-Eau Claire Chapter, and the WAGE Center.

The discussion is free and open to the public.

For more information on Women on Wednesdays presentations, contact Lisa Theo, at (715) 836-2316 or theolj@uwec.edu.

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