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The Forum to open with sustainability expert Debra Rowe

RELEASED: Aug. 15, 2011

Debra Rowe
Debra Rowe

EAU CLAIRE —The 70th season of The Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will open Sept. 26 with a presentation by Dr. Debra Rowe, president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, an organization that brings together communities and members of the business, education, government and faith sectors to initiate sustainability projects.

Rowe helps higher education institutions integrate sustainability into missions, curricula, professional development, research, student life, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships. A professor of energy management, renewable energy technology and psychology for 30 years, Rowe has created online sustainability-related courses and degrees with funds from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Her presentation — titled "Creating a Sustainable Future: Education, Actions and Resources for All" — will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The event is the first of six Forum events scheduled for the 2011-12 season. The lineup for the rest of the season is as follows:

  • Jamie Tworkowski, "Pain, Hope, Questions and Community: An Evening with To Write Love on Her Arms"; Oct. 19, Council Fire Room, Davies Center, 7:30 p.m. Jamie Tworkowski founded To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit group that helps those who suffer from depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal tendencies find hope, support and love. TWLOHA began in 2006 as a simple attempt to tell the story of a friend in need of treatment and soon became an Internet phenomenon and global movement. Supported by bands including Switchfoot, Anberlin and Paramore, the message of TWLOHA was spread from venue to venue throughout the world and the group now has the largest online audience of any nonprofit on Myspace and Facebook.

  • Bill Strickland, "The Art of Leadership and the Business of Social Change"; Nov. 1, Zorn Arena, 7:30 p.m. A winner of the MacArthur Fellowship "genius award," social innovator Bill Strickland transforms the lives of thousands of adults and teens through his arts and vocational training centers. Working with corporations, community leaders and schools, he and his staff strive to give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and build a better future. In December President Obama named Strickland one of the 25 inaugural members of the White House Council for Community Solutions.

  • Josh Rushing, "What's Wrong with American News? And Why It's Your Fault!"; Nov. 30, Zorn Arena, 7:30 p.m. A former U.S. Marine captain, Josh Rushing was a public affairs officer at Central Command in Qatar during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His efforts to communicate the American message on Al Jazeera Arabic were captured in the documentary "Control Room" and made him an accidental celebrity. Rushing resigned from the military in 2004 and went to work for Al Jazeera's new English-language international news network as a military and current affairs correspondent. He co-hosts "Fault Lines," AJE's flagship program about the Americas, which recently began its third season.

  • V.S. Ramachandran, "The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human"; Feb. 29, Schofield Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Named one of 2011's 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine, V.S. Ramachandran directs the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego. He is able to concretely and simply describe the most complicated inner workings of the brain, and his investigations have allowed him to explore — and begin to answer — the most basic philosophical questions about the nature of self and human consciousness.
  • Dave Zirin, "Not Just a Game: The Political Education of Sports"; March 28, Schofield Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. We've been told that in the arena of sports, it's all about things like achievement, athletic performance, competition, individualism and teamwork. Playing the game and playing it well is all that matters. But according to sports journalist Dave Zirin of The Nation, that notion is flat-out wrong. Zirin is host of Sirius XM Radio's popular weekly show "Edge of Sports Radio" and his blog is read by thousands of people each week.

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.

Ticket sales begin Aug. 28. Season subscription information 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, $2, until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student ticket price.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa when they purchase online or 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 online and telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support for The Forum, which is also funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin.

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

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JS/DW

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