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Tip Sheet for the week of April 27, 2009

RELEASED: April 27, 2009

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UW-Eau Claire will host a discussion about race and racial equity from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Stella Blues in Eau Claire. "Can We Talk About It? A Campus and Community Discussion about Race and Racial Equity in Eau Claire" will focus on topics such as the role race plays in American life, how lives and communities are affected by racial bias, and how people should talk with each other about race-related issues. Presenters are: Dr. David Shih, associate professor of English and Diversity Fellow; Evan Xiong, director of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association; Mimi Vollmar, an African-American attorney and Eau Claire community member; Dr. Jesse Dixon, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Mireya Sigala de Kirby, an alumna who is an adjudicator with the Department of Workforce Development and has worked as a Spanish-English interpreter and translator. For details, call Dr. Don Christian at 715-836-2542 or Teresa O'Halloran at 715-836-2387.

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Students will display a record 277 projects at Student Research Day Monday-Wednesday, April 27-29. They will be displayed from noon-5 p.m. April 27, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 28 and 8 a.m.-noon April 29 in Zorn Arena. Students will be available to discuss their posters from noon-4 p.m. April 27. Science and math presenters also will be available from 10:15-11 a.m. April 28, when high school students visit. For details, call Dr. Karen Havholm, 715-836-3405.

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Dr. Tess Onwueme, distinguished professor of English, received the African Literature Association's Fonlon-Nichols award. It is given to an African writer whose works have demonstrated a commitment to democratic ideals, humanistic values and literary excellence in Africa. It puts Onwueme in an elite group of world-class writers. Many internationally known luminaries are past recipients, including Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka of Nigeria. Onwueme is one of the best known and most prolific women playwrights of African descent. An international conference on her work will be held in November in Nigeria. Onwueme can be reached at 715-836-4041 or onwuemto@uwec.edu.

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The Eau Claire Area School District Literacy Festival will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in the Oak and Pine pavilions at Carson Park. The Reading Partner Program, EC4T, Head Start Program, UW-Eau Claire Jumpstart, UW-Eau Claire Center for Service-Learning and First Book organizations will host the celebration. More than 200 area children, university reading partners and volunteers will celebrate the joy of reading. Storytellers and others will provide literacy-related activities. For details, call Lucianne Boardman at 715-836-5964.

Campus Experts
Three experts will share their perspectives on climate change during a presentation. "Interesting Perspectives on Climate Change: The Science, The Ethics, The Economics" will run from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in The Cabin, Davies Center. Panelists are: Dr. Jim Phillips, professor of chemistry; Dr. Sean McAleer, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies; and Dr. Eric Jamelske, associate professor of economics.

Campus Expert
An economist will discuss the current recession and implications of the recent economic downturn during a presentation at noon Wednesday, April 29, at Sweetwater's Restaurant. Dr. Wayne Carroll, professor of economics, will present "The Great Recession of 2008-09: Starting to Build the Historical Perspective." You can reach Carroll at 715 836-3388 or carrolwd@uwec.edu.

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The Center for Service-Learning will run an Eau Claire County Poverty Simulation from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Unitarian Universalist Congregation in downtown Eau Claire. Participants will take on the roles of a single parent, an ex-convict, a breadwinner with a terminal illness and a college student all living in poverty. The event will raise awareness about poverty in the Eau Claire community. For details, call 715-836-4649.

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The English department will host its English Festival — a weeklong celebration of reading, writing and the arts — April 27-May 1 in Davies Center. The festival is one of the largest student-run language arts festivals in the nation, featuring authors, faculty lectures, student panels, capstone presentations and international poetry reading. Live music will be featured from noon-1 p.m. daily on the campus mall.

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