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UW-Eau Claire Nursing Alumna to Speak
About Experiences at Abu Ghraib

RELEASED: Nov. 19, 2007

Retired Lt. Col. Deanna Germain, U.S. Army Reserve

Lt. Col. Deanna Germain, USAR (Ret.), author of Reaching Past the Wire (contributed photo)

EAU CLAIRE — "A Nurse at Abu Ghraib" is the topic of the 2007 M.P. Coffman Lecture to be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Fanny Hill in Eau Claire.

Retired Lt. Col. Deanna Germain, U.S. Army Reserve, nurse practitioner, speaker and co-author of "Reaching Past the Wire: A Nurse at Abu Ghraib," will describe her experiences with the physical and emotional difficulties that she and other nurses endured as they cared for U.S. soldiers and Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison hospital.

Germain received a master's degree in nursing in 1997 from UW-Eau Claire's College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The lecture will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and a book signing. Complete information is available online, or contact Barbara Enright at 715-836-5645 or enrightbj@uwec.edu to arrange an interview or for more information.

Early registration is recommended as space is limited; the registration deadline is Dec. 6. To register or to request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, please call UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at 715-836-3636/toll-free 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit the Web site or send e-mail to ce@uwec.edu.

The M.P. Coffman Lecture Series was established at UW-Eau Claire in 1977 in honor of Marguerite P. Coffman, the founding dean of what was then the university's School of Nursing. Under her leadership from 1964 through 1977 the school became fully accredited and received entitlement from the UW Board of Regents to plan a master's degree program.

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