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UW-Eau Claire Fall Forum Series
to Open with Presentation By Journalist Amy Goodman

RELEASED: Aug. 21, 2009

Amy Goodman
Amy Goodman

EAU CLAIRE — The 68th season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will open Sept. 29 with a presentation by investigative journalist Amy Goodman.

Shedding light on how the truth is often distorted by the media due to corporate interests, Goodman's Forum program, titled "Democracy Now!," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Goodman is the host and executive producer of "Democracy Now!", an award-winning, independent, international news program that airs daily on 750 radio and TV stations in North America. Goodman was the first journalist honored with the Right Livelihood Award for "developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media." Her reporting has won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. She and her brother, journalist David Goodman, have co-authored three New York Times bestsellers, most recently "Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times" (2008).

The event is the first of five Forum events scheduled for the 2009-10 season. The rest of the season lineup follows:

Trita Parsi, "Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the U.S."; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Schofield Auditorium. This political analyst is an authority on the balance of power in the Middle East. Founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that advocates normalization of relations between the U.S. and Iran, Parsi is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern affairs on PBS, NPR, MSNBC, C-SPAN, CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera. He consulted with White House officials on a daily basis following the disputed Iranian presidential election in June.

Seth Shostak, "When Will We Find the Aliens?"; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Schofield Auditorium. Senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in California, Shostak participates in the scientific search for intelligent life in the cosmos. He will tell us how scientists are trying to find out whether the belief of alien life is just a fondness for some cosmic company or a suspicion that can be proven using the sharp and objective tools of science. Shostak is particularly keen on interesting the public in science, and he readily translates the most complex discoveries into terms accessible to everyone.

Natalie Jeremijenko, "The Climate Crisis and the Crisis of Agency: What To Do in the Face of Uncertain Threats"; 7:30 p.m. March 18, Schofield Auditorium. Jeremijenko is a conceptual artist who works at the nexus of art and science. She couples art and environmental activism — "creating interfaces that draw people into the environment and get them to reimagine collective action," as she told Salon.com. Her experimental design centers on political and social possibilities, and limitations of information and emerging technologies. MIT's Technology Review named Jeremijenko one of the country's top 100 young innovators, and International Design magazine named her one of the top 40 most influential designers.

John Elder Robison, "Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's"; 7:30 p.m. April 20, Zorn Arena. In his bestselling 2007 memoir, "Look Me in the Eye," Robison tells his story of growing up with Asperger's syndrome — a high-functioning form of autism — at a time when the diagnosis simply didn't exist. Though his story is unique, it is rich with clues to spotting autism in children and harnessing the best from those who are diagnosed. Robison will discuss how we can live according to our gifts, not our limitations.

Established in 1942, The Forum continues its tradition of presenting many of the world's greatest minds and imaginations. A typical Forum includes a 60-minute lecture, a 30-minute question-and-answer session and an open reception.

More information about each of these events and ticket information can be found in the season booklet or online. Season subscription information also is available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, 715-836-3727. Subscription options include "the works" package at a 25 percent discount or a build-your-own-season package of six or more tickets to Forum and Artists Series events at a 20 percent discount.

Tickets for individual Forum events are $8 for the public, $6 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $4 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are half-price up until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students will be required to pay the full student ticket price. Ticket sales begin Aug. 24.

Patrons also 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, WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support for The Forum. The Forum also isfunded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989), 3340 Mondovi Road, is The Forum's exclusive accommodations partner.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the University Centers Activities and Programs office.

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JS/KH

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