Tickets for the 74th season of The Forum at UW-Eau Claire are now on sale. The 2015-16 season of the distinguished lecture series will open Sept. 24 with a presentation by Ndaba Mandela, Nelson Mandela's grandson; Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, Bob and Rita Marley's granddaughter; and Jasmine Rand, the family attorney for Trayvon Martin. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.
Titled "I Am the Change," this exciting program featuring an esteemed trio of human rights luminaries and legends will demonstrate how the "power of one" can transform the world.
The program is the first of five Forum events scheduled for the 2015-16 season. The following also will be presented:
Cullen Hoback — "Terms and Conditions May Apply": Nov. 17, Schofield Auditorium,
Cullen Hoback, filmmaker of the renowned documentary "Terms and Conditions May Apply," has established himself as the preeminent authority on digital privacy. He exposes what governments and corporations are taking from people every day within the confines of the law — making the future of both privacy and civil liberties uncertain. He demonstrates how people have incrementally opted in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click, and what, if anything, can be done about it.
- Eric Hipple — "Real Men Do Cry": Feb. 3, Schofield Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Eric Hipple, former National Football League quarterback, has devoted his life to building awareness about depressive illnesses ever since his 15-year-old son, Jeff's, suicide. His book "Real Men Do Cry" chronicles his own journey of healing with unflinching honesty and includes resources for families living with depression. His message of resilience has provided mental fitness awareness to professional groups, military, law enforcement, schools and communities.
- Lawrence Lessig —"Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — And a Plan to Stop
It": March 2, Schofield Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig takes a straightforward look at how our democracy has been overthrown by campaign financing and corporate lobbying and urges his audience to seek solutions without taking sides. In "Republic, Lost," Lessig sends a call to action, suggesting a new Constitutional Convention to return our republic to its intended greatness. But, it can't happen without we the people taking a stand.
- Reza Aslan —"Beyond Fundamentalism: Religion, Tolerance and the Modern World":
April 6, Schofield Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Reza Aslan, world-renowned writer and scholar on religions, is the author of No. 1 New York Times bestseller and international success "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus Nazareth." In "Beyond Fundamentalism," Aslan takes an in-depth look at the ideology behind al-Qa'ida and other militant religious groups, explores religious violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and shares his belief that the only way to win a religious war is to not fight in one.
Established in 1942, The Forum continues its tradition of presenting many of 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.
Tickets are available from the Service center in person at Davies Center, by phone at 715-836-3727 or online. Tickets for individual Forum events are $8 for the public;$6 for those age 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff;and $4 for those age 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.
The Forum is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support.