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Black History Month events to kick off Feb. 2

RELEASED: Jan. 22, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — A number of events are scheduled at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and in the community to celebrate 2010 Black History Month in February.

UW-Eau Claire's Black Student Association will host a Black History Month reception from 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Jabali Afrika will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Schofield Auditorium. The group from Kenya will perform its blend of fusion and African rhythms. The performance will be sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

Several current and former members of the military will lead a discussion Feb. 4 titled "Blacks in the Military." The discussion will run from noon-1 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. Participants will include Army Brig. Gen. Marcia Anderson from the 85th Division; Army Lt. Cmdr. Annie Jackson, deputy commander at Fort McCoy; Army Master Sgt. Robert Hicks from UW-Stout; and Air Force TSG Jesse Dixon, who is retired from the military and now serves as director of UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs. The session will be moderated by Army Maj. Eric Beuerman and Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history.

UW-Eau Claire's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host a session titled "Teaching for Retaining Diverse Students" from noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in Room 1142 of the Old Library. Participants will include Dr. Robert Gough, professor of history, to discuss advising; Dr. David Lonzarich, professor of biology, and Dr. Marc Goulet, associate dean in the Dean of Students office, to discuss tactics in the classroom; and Dr. Jeffrey Goodman, assistant professor of psychology, to discuss unconscious racism and its impacts in the classroom. This panel will be moderated by Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of the teacher education program in the College of Education and Human Sciences, and Ducksworth-Lawton.

A discussion titled "Preventing Police-Minority Problems" will run from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. Panelists will include David Sprick, chief of University Police; UW-Eau Claire students Kiri Cooney and Joe Webb; a representative from the Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office; and a representative from the Eau Claire Police Department. The session will provide students and law enforcement representatives with an opportunity to talk with each other about law enforcement issues that relate to race, such as racial profiling initiatives. The officers will discuss goals of policing, why certain tactics are used, training, and threats to student safety on and off campus. The representative of the State Public Defenders Office will discuss the seriousness and impact of common charges, rights and responsibilities, and behaviors students see as legal that are actually illegal. The students will discuss student concerns and positive tactics to improve relations. This will be moderated by Watson and Ducksworth-Lawton.

Dr. Ryan P. Jones, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, will present "Impact of Funk" from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center.

Representatives from the Eau Claire Area Public Schools, the Wisconsin State Public Defenders Office and local experts will talk about health care, crime, education and economic issues in Wisconsin during a discussion titled "Race in Eau Claire." The discussion will run from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 18 in Schofield Auditorium. This will be moderated by Dr. Rick St. Germaine, professor of history.

The "Revival of Hip Hop" event will run from 5-10 p.m. Feb. 19 in Schofield Auditorium.

UW-Eau Claire students will participate in a panel discussion titled "Students' Expectations in the Classroom" from noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Alumni Room of Davies Center. In the session, multicultural students will discuss what they expect of instructors in their classrooms.

"Tone Poem" is slated for 6-9 p.m. March 1 in Schofield Auditorium. During the event, students will perform an oral interpretation program of poetry, prose and music around the theme of race relations in Eau Claire.

The "Wrapped in Pride Closing Event" will run from 1-4 p.m. March 7 at the Chippewa Valley Museum. The museum-sponsored event will include a number of activities, including an African American history speaker.

For more information about Black History Month events, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-828-2019 or duckswsm@uwec.edu. Information also is available on Facebook.

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