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UW-Eau Claire Events Will Honor Black History Month

RELEASED: Feb. 4, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — UW-Eau Claire's Black Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a Black History Month reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

The reception — which is free and open to the public — will feature famous and not-so-famous African-Americans who paved the way for America's first black president. The students' research has been guided by their faculty adviser, Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history. Samples of African-American foods will be offered during the reception.

The reception will be the first of a series of Black History Month events at UW-Eau Claire. The "Rust Street Blues" will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 in The Cabin of Davies Center. "Rust Street Blues" is led by Dr. Scott Lowe, professor of philosophy and religious studies, and Dr. Jon Loomis, assistant professor of English. The band will play Blues standards, discuss the history of the Blues and well-known composers in the context of race relations.

Children ages 3-5 from UW-Eau Claire's Children's Center will gather from 10-11 a.m. Feb. 10 in the second floor breezeway of McIntyre Library for the fifth annual campus African-American Read-In. Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, McIntyre Library and the College of Education and Human Sciences, the read-in will feature black children's authors. Each child will take home a commemorative bookmark and a book by a black author.

Ducksworth-Lawton will present "Civil Rights, Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama ... how we got here!" from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Presidents Room, Davies Center. She will trace America's Civil Rights history from the 1920s to the election of President Obama.

Dr. Ryan Jones, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, will present "Stevie Wonder & 1970s Musical Activism" from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Presidents Room, Davies Center. Jones will discuss the progression of activist thought in specific Stevie Wonder songs and how Wonder drew from his cultural background and surroundings.

A faculty forum will be presented from noon-2 p.m. Feb. 18 in Schofield Auditorium. The topic will be "We've elected a black president, where do we go from here; race relations and the Obama Effect." Featured faculty include Ducksworth-Lawton; Jones; Dr. David Shih, associate professor of English and UW-Eau Claire's Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness Fellow; Dr. Richard St. Germaine, professor of history; and Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. The forum will include audience participation.

A "Soul Food Buffet" will be offered from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in The Dulany, Davies Center. The buffet will offer a culturally unique menu with soul food and Southern soups, entrees, breads, vegetables and dessert. The cost is $8.05. Call 715-836-5261 for reservations.

UW-Eau Claire's Black Student Association will present a panel discussion titled "On Being Black at UW-Eau Claire" from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Presidents Room, Davies Center.

Unless noted, all events are free and open to the public. Events are sponsored all or in part by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Black Student Association in collaboration with the departments of history, music and theatre arts, philosophy and religious studies, and English, McIntyre Library and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

For more information contact Christine Webster in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at websteck@uwec.edu or 715-836-3015, or Ducksworth-Lawton at duckswsm@uwec.edu or 715-828-2019.

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