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Columnist and Author Star Parker
to Speak at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 28

RELEASED: Feb. 14, 2007

Star Parker
Star Parker

EAU CLAIRE — Conservative columnist and author Star Parker will speak on "Breaking the Cycle of Poverty" Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Forum presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education, a nonprofit think tank that provides a national voice on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods and public policy. A syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard News Service, Parker offers weekly op-eds to more than 400 newspapers worldwide.

Before becoming involved in social activism, Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles. After converting to Christianity, she returned to college, received a bachelor's degree in marketing and launched an urban Christian magazine. The 1992 Los Angeles riots destroyed her business, but were a springboard for her focus on faith-based and market-based alternatives to empower the lives of the poor.

As a social policy consultant, Parker testifies regularly before the United States Congress, and appears as an expert on national television and radio shows. A regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News, she has debated Jesse Jackson on BET, argued for school choice on "Larry King Live," and defended welfare reform on "Oprah."

Parker's personal transformation from welfare fraud to conservative crusader has been chronicled by ABC's "20/20," Rush Limbaugh, Readers Digest, "The 700 Club" and the Washington Times. Her articles and quotes have appeared in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and The New York Times.

Parker has written three books: her autobiography, "Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats: From Welfare Cheat to Conservative Messenger" (1997); "Uncle Sam's Plantation" (2003); and "White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay" (2006).

The Forum will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

A reception, also in Schofield Auditorium, will follow The Forum. Parker will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her books.

Tickets 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. Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and will also be sold at the door.

Patrons may 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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JS/NW

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