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Tip Sheet for the week of April 9, 2007

RELEASED: April 9, 2007

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UW-Eau Claire will continue its annual American Indian Awareness Month celebration with a presentation by Herb Lewis, emeritus professor of anthropology at UW-Madison, at 7 p.m. April 11 in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall. His presentation is titled "Oneida Lives: The Rediscovery of Forgotten Voices." Lewis uncovered a remarkable body of work written by members of the Oneida Nation in English and the Oneida language in a UW-Madison storage containing area. The carton he discovered contained 167 notebooks filled with descriptions of Oneida life from the 1880s to 1940. The accounts were produced by more than a dozen Wisconsin Oneida Indians who wrote them in 1940-41 as part of the Federal Writers Project, funded by the Works Progress Administration of the New Deal. Lewis believes the notebooks were forgotten when the anthropologist in charge of them died suddenly of a heart attack in 1947. Lewis and other UW-Madison representatives presented a copy of all the notebooks to the Oneida Nation in 1999, with the originals going to the State Historical Society.

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Jeremy Weyer, sophomore physics major from Eau Claire, is producing a new show at the L.E. Phillips Planetarium. "The Top Ten Celestial Objects" features an illustrated presentation of the best celestial objects in the night sky, and information on their structure, distance and place in the sky. Presenters will show the audience how to locate these celestial wonders, along with the constellations in which they can be found. The show is part of a science outreach program supported by the Gritzmacher Science Education Fund through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. It will be featured at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in April. The planetarium is in Phillips Science Hall. For details, call 715-836-5034.

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An art student and Eau Claire native won a national award from the Society of Illustrators. The Society will exhibit senior Rick Conlin's work at its gallery in New York City May 2-18. Conlin competed against students from more than 61 art schools across the nation. His work was one of the 119 entries chosen by a jury of professionals from more than 4,000 submissions. In addition to being exhibited in New York, Conlin's work will be published in a catalogue of student winners. Conlin's work is a combination of ink drawing and digital processes. Some of Conlin's work, along with the works of other senior art majors, will be displayed in the senior BFA art show that continues through April 18 in the Foster Gallery of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The Society of Illustrators is a professional organization for illustrators. The mission of the society is to promote art and appreciation of illustration and to encourage high ideals through exhibitions, lectures, education and open discussion. Conlin is the second UW-Eau Claire student to receive this honor since 2004.

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An expert will address issues related to questions of human uniqueness and the soul during an April 12 discussion titled "Minds, Brains, and Souls: Religions and Neuroscience in Conversation." The cognitive sciences pose significant challenges to and opportunities for theological reflection. Dr. Greg Peterson will discuss the ways neuroscience, artificial intelligence, animal cognition, linguistics and psychology challenge people to rethink longstanding Western assumptions about the unity of the self, the nature of consciousness, free will, inherited sin and religious experiences. The event — scheduled for 7-9 p.m. in Room 100 of Hibbard Hall — is sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Dialogue on Science and Religion. CVDSR facilitates rigorous and broad-based discussion of science and religion. The group consists of academics, clergy, medical and educational professionals who work to address the currently polarized atmosphere surrounding issues in science and faith, and to foster respectful and informal dialogue. The Society engages local faculty, students, medical professionals, educators, faith leaders and the public in discussion of biology and the soul, spirituality and modern medicine, and the meaning of nature. For more information, e-mail cvdsr@uwec.edu.

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