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‘One Read Eau Claire’ continues March 7 with book on Hmong experience

Jane Hamilton-Merritt's "Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992" will be discussed March 7 in Eau Claire.

Uniting Bridges, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the city of Eau Claire are sponsoring monthly book discussions based around helping the community become more inclusive of difference.

The discussion series, "One Read Eau Claire," will feature 12 books, one-to-two per month, for 12 months, on 15 different topics of importance in Eau Claire, as nominated by citizens at the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Eau Claire. The Visit Eau Claire Experience Center in Pablo Center at the Confluence, the Chippewa Valley Museum and the L.E. Phillips Public Library will host the discussion groups, which are free and open to the public.

On March 7, "One Read Eau Claire" will host three separate discussions on Jane Hamilton-Merritt's "Tragic Mountains: The Hmong, the Americans and the Secret Wars for Laos, 1942-1992."

Following are details on each discussion group:

  • 1-3 p.m., Visit Eau Claire Experience Center: Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, professor of history at UW-Eau Claire; and Dr. Ka Vang, associate director of the McNair Program at UW-Eau Claire, will facilitate a discussion with emphasis on the Secret War and Vietnam War.
  • 1-3 p.m., Chippewa Valley Museum: Dang Yang, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at UW-Eau Claire, will facilitate a discussion with emphasis on culture and refugee experiences.
  • 1-3 p.m., L.E. Phillips Public Library: Khong Meng Her, assistant director of the Blugold Beginnings program at UW-Eau Claire, will facilitate a discussion with emphasis on culture and refugee experiences.

Participants may join any discussion group, and registration is not required.

For more information, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, UW-Eau Claire professor of history, at duckswsm@uwec.edu, or visit the "One Read Eau Claire" Facebook page.