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UW-Eau Claire Presentation to Focus on Issues
of Privilege, Oppression and Social Inequality

RELEASED: Jan. 18, 2007

Allan Johnson

EAU CLAIRE — Issues of privilege, oppression and social inequality will be addressed during "Privilege, Power and Difference," a presentation by sociologist Allan Johnson at 3 p.m. Feb. 5 in Davies Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The free event is open to the public.

Johnson, a writer, teacher and public speaker, has worked on unraveling the knot of social injustice since receiving a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. After almost 30 years of teaching, he now devotes himself to writing and public speaking.

"We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Johnson's experience and expertise present on a topic of vital interest and importance on our campus," said Katherine Rhoades, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. "Dr. Johnson has received rave reviews on other college campuses where he has spoken, so we are delighted to welcome him to UW-Eau Claire."

Johnson has worked with more than 150 schools and organizations in 34 states. His books include The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise (1997), The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A Users Guide to Sociological Language, 2e (2000), The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy (Temple University Press, revised edition, 2005) and Privilege, Power, and Difference (McGraw-Hill, 2nd edition, 2005). His work has been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies.

Johnson's presentation is sponsored by the College of Education and Human Sciences, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Student Development and Diversity, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Honors Program and Women's Studies.

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