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Empowering Girls and Women is the Topic of
UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Luncheon

RELEASED: April 19, 2007

Let's Do Lunch postcardEAU CLAIRE — Dr. Maureen Mack, a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's department of curriculum and instruction, will discuss the contemporary circumstances that affect the lives of girls and women and the empowering tools to transform external pressures into internal strengths at an April 25 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Mack will present "Finding Center: Strategies to Build Strong Girls and Women." from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwater's restaurant. The presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

Her presentation will consider two questions that Mack said led her to write the book "Finding Center: Strategies to Build Strong Girls and Women": What is at work or not at work that still limits girls' and women's ability to self-actualize? And what barriers are so strong and seemingly unmovable that many girls and women look inward and conclude they are inferior, unworthy and unable to live self-actualized lives?

As a UW-Eau Claire faculty member, Mack specializes in content and issues pertinent to youth at risk and challenges facing youth in today's culture. She has published books, articles and video programs and has served in leadership positions in national and state professional organizations serving the needs of teachers and youth in middle- and secondary-school settings. She has focused the last decade of her research on girls' and women's educational and life issues.

Mack has an undergraduate degree in English secondary education and a master's of education degree in special education—emotional disturbance and learning disabilities completed at UW-La Crosse. She completed a doctorate at the University of Illinois in special education—mild learning and behavior disabilities and educational administration.

The May 30 "Let's Do Lunch" speaker will be Dr. Harry Jol, UW-Eau Claire professor of geography and anthropology. His topic will be "Investigating the Sand Dunes of Antarctica." There will be no "Let's Do Lunch" sessions in June and July.

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information.

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