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Faculty member to share memories of Argentina for 'Thursdays @ the U’

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Michael Borstad

Michael Borstad

Michael Borstad will present "El abrazo del cardón: My family's love affair with Argentina" from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays @ the U" lecture and performance series. The event will be held in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

Borstad’s presentation will follow a roughly chronological order of his family’s experiences in Argentina — where they lived from 1992-2011 — interpreted through the lens of a growing understanding and appreciation of the country at each stage of their experience. Along the way, Borstad hopes to bring in little-known but significant facets of Argentine culture and history, which not only impacted his family personally, but will likely be interesting and illuminative to the audience.

Borstad grew up with a fascination for music — especially piano — the outdoors, and languages and culture. After graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, he worked in vocational rehabilitation with developmentally disabled adults before attending and graduating from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Borstad and his wife, Sheryl, then served with Converge International, a mission agency, from 1988-2011. After a year in Costa Rica, the couple moved to Argentina, where they raised their four children. Michael taught at a seminary, co-pastored an Argentine church and did the mission’s administrative work. 

Since returning to the U.S. in 2011, Borstad has taught Spanish at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County and has completed a diploma in European philosophy from the University of Wales.

For more information about "Thursdays @ the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-234-8176, ext. 5417.