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77 seasons strong

President W.R. Davies was the prime mover in establishing The Forum within the first year of his administration, to bring to life his vision of the college as a cultural center. He transformed Eau Claire's after-dinner speakers club into a college-community partnership that selected an average of five speakers a year. The Forum is committed to the concept of non-discrimination as related to race, creed, sexual orientation, age and physical disability.

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Meet the 2019-20 season speakers

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Forum special: Ibram X. Kendi
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. Schofield Auditorium

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Ibram X. Kendi, a bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, will appear as a special Forum speaker at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Schofield Auditorium at UW-Eau Claire.

Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. His deeply personal and empowering lecture, "How to Be an Antiracist," aims to help audiences actively trying to understand racism in new ways, with open minds and from new perspectives.

In this talk based on his 2019 book by the same title, Kendi shares his own racist ideas and the ways in which he has worked to overcome them, and he provides direction to people and institutions seeking more than reactive solutions and programs, who are instead looking for specific anitracist actions that can work to build antiracist communities. 

Kendi, a New York Times bestselling author and a professor of history and international relations, also is the author of "The Black Campus Movement," which won the Northeast Black Studies Association's W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America," which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction — making him, then 34 years of age, the youngest ever to win that prize.

Kendi has published numerous essays in academic journals and periodicals, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Time and The Washington Post, and he is a regularly contributing writer for The Atlantic magazine.

In addition to his publications, Kendi has received a multitude of research fellowships, grants and visiting appointments from a variety of universities, foundations, professional associations and libraries, including the American Historical Association, Library of Congress, National Academy of Education, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Brown University, Princeton University, UCLA and Duke University. He was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was included in The Root 100 in 2019, which listed him as the 15th most influential African American between the ages of 25 and 45, and the most influential college professor.

This special presentation of The Forum is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire and its University Centers EDI Action Team, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. 

Tickets: All seats are general admission. Tickets are available online, at the Service Center in the east lobby of UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center and at the door. Current season ticket packages include this ticket. 

Visit the Service Center in Davies Center’s east lobby.
Call 715-836-INFO [4636] or 800-949-UWEC [8932].
$8 general public
$6 UW System faculty/staff • age 62 & over
$4 UW System student • age 17 & under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the show.

Photo caption: Ibram X. Kendi will appear as a special Forum speaker at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium.

Ibram X. Kendi
Olga Custodio

She aimed high: Air Force veteran pilot

Olga Custodio, the first Latina to complete U.S. Air Force pilot training and serve as a fighter pilot and commercial pilot, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium.

Olga Custodio | Sept. 19
Bill Deresiewicz, higher education expert

Taking aim at the Ivy League

Once an Ivy League professor himself, Deresiewicz has spent the last decade writing and speaking about what he sees as the disadvantages, dysfunctions and disservice to society of an elite education in the U.S.

Bill Deresiewicz | Oct. 16
Xiuhtexcatl Martinez

19-year-old activist

At a mere 19 years of age, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, youth director of Earth Guardians, already has more experience educating and building a movement to battle climate change than many scientists or elected officials. He's been an activist since he was 6.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Dec. 10
Jackson Katz

Educating about sexual assault

Educator, author and global educator Jackson Katz will address the controversial topic he calls "toxic masculinity" and his efforts to educate about and end gender violence. His TED talk "Violence against women is a men's issue" has 4M views.

Jackson Katz | March 10

Last season's guests

Kevin Young

The Rise of Hoaxes and Fake News

Author Kevin Young has gathered a unique collection of "fake news," and has complied a book that exposes it as a long-standing tradition in the U.S., explaining how it has come to dominate the jargon of the current landscape.

Thurs. Oct 18, 2018
United States Supreme Court building

Forum Guest Barry Burden to discuss gerrymandering in WI and beyond

Election law in the U.S. is complicated, perhaps more than it should be, and the maps that decide voter districts are part of that tangled web. UW-Madison political science professor is equipped to help make sense of the rules, the history and the future.

Wed. Feb 13, 2019
Peggy Orenstein

Girls & sex: Navigating a complicated new landscape

New York Times best-selling author Peggy Orenstein discusses the current and complicated landscape for sexually active young women — a landscape of conflicting messages, imposed beliefs, and increasingly low levels of meaningful and useful communication.

Tues. March 5, 2019
Katharine Hayhoe

Forecasting Our Future: Climate change and extreme weather

Texas Tech professor Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a prolific publisher, speaker and expert in the areas of climate change and the environment. She also happens to be an Evangelical Christian, dispelling the notion that these states are mutually exclusive.

Wed. April 10, 2019


All seats are general admission

Tickets available at the Service Center and at the door

  • Visit the Service Center in Davies Center’s east lobby
  • Call 715-836-INFO [4636] or 800-949-UWEC [8932]

$8  General Public
$6  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$4  UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the show

*Programs and dates subject to change as necessary

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