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Tip Sheet for the week of Nov. 17, 2008

RELEASED: Nov. 17, 2008

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About 130 UW-Eau Claire students will lead mathematics lessons at area elementary schools Tuesday, Nov. 18, as part of their teaching education program. All of the university students are elementary education majors. Judy Fadness, a lecturer in mathematics who is coordinating the practicum, can provide details about times and locations. You can reach her at 715-836-3173 or fadnesjl@uwec.edu. Nicole Owen in the mathematics department also can provide information. You can reach her at 715-836-3301.

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Sixteen students are enrolled this fall in the university's first Arabic language class. The four-credit course meets at 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday in Hibbard Hall. A Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant grant allowed the department of foreign languages to host this year Arabic teacher Sofiene Addala from Tunisia. With more than 400 million native speakers, Arabic is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and represents a rich culture that also greatly influenced Western art, sciences and humanities. Learning Arabic — the language of the Middle East and much of Africa — is important for those who want to better understand and connect with a region that figures prominently in today's international economic and political climate. Nationwide, there is a growing demand for Arabic language instruction as Americans have come to understand the importance of learning the language of Islam. For more information, contact Sofiene Addala at 715-836-4937 or addalas@uwec.edu.

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Artist-in-Residence Cathy "Cat" Manturuk will hold a dance master class from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the McPhee Dance Studio. The free class is open to the public. The dancer and choreographer will be at UW-Eau Claire as Artist-in-Residence in the music and theatre arts department Nov. 16-22. Manturuk will be a guest lecturer in dance appreciation, ballet and tap classes, as well as choreograph a new work for the Concert Dance Company that will be performed at the spring Danceworks concert. Manturuk is the founder and artistic director of Dance Cat-alyst, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. This season, Manturuk will teach students at UW-Eau Claire and in Nanjing, China. She also will be an assistant choreographer to New York City's Lethal Weaponz Breakdance Crew and showcase repertoire at Jazz Choreography Enterprises. For more information, contact Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen at 715-836-2183 or pollsotl@uwec.edu.

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Writer, journalist and filmmaker Tariq Ali will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Zorn Arena. His Forum lecture is called "U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan." Ali's presentation will center on Pakistan, the likely home of Osama Bin Laden and safe house for the Taliban forces fighting NATO in Afghanistan. His most recent book, "The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power," was published in September. Ali's lecture will include time for questions.

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UW-Eau Claire will host the Chippewa Valley School Press Association's annual conference on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The conference is intended for Wisconsin middle and high school students, and their school's advisers. It'll include the basics of newspaper and yearbook production, advanced journalism techniques, photography for beginners and photojournalism. Richard Wood, a photojournalist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will be the keynote speaker. Wood has extensive foreign experience covering news situations and was near the World Trade Center twin towers as they collapsed. Hands-on workshops led by university faculty and industry professionals will focus on writing and reporting, photography, developing yearbooks, newspapers, magazines and more. For details, contact Dr. Jeanie Geurink at 715-836-5608 or jgeurink@uwec.edu.

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