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Presentation by Amy Goodman to conclude this year's Forum series

RELEASED: April 15, 2010

Amy Goodman
Amy Goodman

EAU CLAIRE — An April 28 presentation by investigative journalist Amy Goodman will conclude the 68th season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her address, "Democracy Now!" will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Goodman's program was rescheduled from Sept. 29 due to a family emergency; tickets bearing that date will be accepted.

Amy Goodman is a columnist for King Features Syndicate and the executive producer and host of "Democracy Now!" — an award-winning, independent, international news program that airs daily on nearly 800 radio and TV stations in North America. Her latest New York Times bestseller, "Breaking the Sound Barrier," was published in October 2009.

Goodman speaks of the role of independent media in a time of war and financial crisis, about the role of social movements as the true force for change, and the need for a media that truthfully reports on these movements.

"The role of all media, not just independent media, is to hold those in power accountable, to question them about their policies, and to talk to people who live at the target end of those policies," Goodman has said. "Independent media and independent journalists ask the hard questions; they go to where the silence is."

The recipient of many awards, Goodman was the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize." In 2009 she shared the first Izzy Award presented by Ithaca College's Park Center for Independent Media.

The Forum program will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and an informal reception.

Tickets 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 ($2) until the day of the event; on the day of the event, students must pay the full student ticket price.

Tickets are available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, and will be sold at the door. Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard, Visa or Discover when ordering 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. The Forum also is funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is The Forum's exclusive accommodations partner.

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

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JS/DW

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