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The Forum to present writer, educator Jacqueline Elena Featherston

RELEASED: Jan. 19, 2011

Jacqueline Featherston
Jacqueline Elena Featherston

EAU CLAIRE — Writer and educator Jacqueline Elena Featherston will speak Feb. 9 during The Forum lecture series at the University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her presentation, "Weaving Change: A Guide to Personal and Political Transformation," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Featherston presents interactive lectures that address challenges such as classism, racism, sexism and heterosexism. She promotes understanding and appreciation of differences and encourages alliance-building among people of different backgrounds and views.

In addition to her presentations at educational institutions, Featherston leads workshops and seminars that help organizations to deal with the strengths and difficulties inherent in multicultural environments. A founding member of Featherston & Associates, she is a co-founder of the Institute for Multiracial Justice and New Ways to Learn, collaborative groups aimed at cultivating positive relationships and increasing equity in multicultural environments. Her current project, a workbook called "Weaving Change: A Guide to Personal and Political Transformation," uses art, politics and spirituality to help individuals overcome internalized oppression.

Established in 1942, The Forum presents 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. The program will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assisted listening devices and large print programs are also available upon request.

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.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa 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 and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support for The Forum. The Forum is also funded 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.

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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