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The Forum to feature social innovator Bill Strickland

RELEASED: Oct. 17, 2011

Bill Strickland
Bill Strickland

EAU CLAIRE — The Forum will feature social innovator Bill Strickland Nov. 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His presentation, titled "The Art of Leadership and the Business of Social Change," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

President and chief executive officer of Manchester Bidwell Corp. and its subsidiaries, Strickland has spent the past 30 years transforming the lives of thousands of adults and teens through his arts and vocational training centers. He founded the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. Working with corporations, community leaders and schools, he and his staff strive to give disadvantaged children and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and build a better future.

"The Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is a testament to the power of the arts to transform children's lives," said Hillary Rodham Clinton. "Its students learn much more than how to shape clay, take pictures and appreciate jazz. They leave the Guild knowing that they have the potential and tools to become successful and productive citizens."

Strickland is the author of "Make the Impossible Possible" (2007), which includes his own journey from an inner-city childhood to lecturing at Harvard University and serving on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is briefly featured in "Waiting for 'Superman,'" a 2010 documentary about America's troubled education system that is screening Oct. 27-30 at UW-Eau Claire.

Strickland has been honored with many awards for his contributions to the arts and the community, including the coveted MacArthur Fellowship "genius" award. In December President Obama named him one of the 25 inaugural members of the White House Council for Community Solutions.

Established in 1942, The Forum maintains a tradition of being one of the longest continuous lecture series in the United States. 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. Assistive 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.

Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and will be sold at the door.

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

Wisconsin Public Radio, Community Television and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support for The Forum. The Forum is also funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin.
Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the Activities, Involvement, and Leadership office of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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