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Storytelling festival part of Centennial Celebration

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s College of Education and Human Sciences is hosting a Storytelling Festival at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, to help celebrate the university’s centennial. The event, to be held in the Dakota Ballroom of Davies Center, is free and open to the public.

The festival will feature 12 storytellers, including UW-Eau Claire students, alumni, and current and former faculty and staff. Their stories will be a mix of personal narratives and folklore, all presented in traditional storytelling format.

The storytellers will include UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt; UW-Eau Claire alumni Catherine Emmanuel of the Eau Claire City Council, Mike Paulus of Volume One, Psia Mou of the Eau Claire Area School District, and Khoua Vang of the Eau Claire Area School District. UW-Eau Claire faculty members Eric Torres (education studies) and Kristin Rossi (special education) will present along with emeritus faculty member August Rubrecht (English). Current students Mai Lee Kha, Kayla Patterson and Sergei Raspel will round out the team of storytellers.

Rob Reid (education studies) will emcee and share a story, and Carmen Manning, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, will welcome the crowd.

The band Pit Wagon will play before the festival and during intermission. Pit Wagon’s five-member band includes three UW-Eau Claire alumni. Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Rob Reid via email or at 715-836-5015.