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     International Women’s Day Celebration

    This event will consist of a panel of women from Botswana, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, and Iran. They will discuss their personal journeys as women and share reflections on the ways women have overcome barriers in their countries.

    Sponsored by the AAUW-La Crosse Branch; UW-L Office of International Education; League of Women Voters-La Crosse Area; School District of La Crosse; UW-L Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department; World Services of La Crosse; International Women's Group of La Crosse; Gundersen Global Partners; and YWCA-La Crosse.

    For more information, contact: Lois Gilbert, or 608-782-7204.

    When:  Thursday, March 5, 5:00 P.M. Appetizers, 5:30 P.M. Program

    Where:  Hall of Nations | 1300 Centennial Hall 

     Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Film Series, Screenings and Discussions


    This film follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction.  Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.

    When:  Thursday, February 26, 5:30 P.M.

    Where:  2200 Centennial Hall


    Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years, and put in touch with each other in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict.

    When:  Thursday, March 5, 5:30 P.M.

    Where:  2200 Centennial Hall

    For more information or special accommodations contact UW-L History Professor Heidi Morrison at or 608-785-8345.

    Sponsored by the Departments of History, Communication Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Psychology, Political Science and Public Administration, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Archaeology/Anthropology, Art and Modern Languages along with the Office of International Education.

    An Evening with Staceyann Chin


     Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to acting in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe and performing in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People's History of the United States, to starring in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence.

    Sponsored by the Pride Center, Rainbow Unity, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Dept.

    If you go—               

    When:  7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4

    Where:  Valhalla, Cartwright Center

    UW-L panel discussion asks, ‘What is terrorism?’

    A panel of educators will discuss terrorism during a UW-La Crosse program.

    “What is Terrorism?” begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the Ward Room in Cartwright Center. Admission is free.

    The panel puts into question the commonly accepted notion that terrorism means any act of violence by a Muslim. Panel speakers will discuss multiple forms of unpredictable and fear-inducing violence that occurs against vulnerable groups in American society. Richard Breaux of the UW-L Ethnic and Racial Studies Department will speak about attacks on African-American churches. History professor Gita Pai will discuss shootings at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Other panelists include: Gerry Iguchi, UW-L History Department; Tim Kullman, UW-L Philosophy Department; and Beth Hartung of Options Clinic in La Crosse.

    There will be time for discussion following the panel discussion. The program is sponsored by a number of UW-L offices and academic departments.

    If you go—               

    What: Panel Discussion: “What is Terrorism?”

    When: 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 4

    Where: Ward Room, UW-L Cartwright Center         

    Admission: Free

    UW-L students awarded for works in show

    The annual All-Students Juried Exhibition runs through March 7

    Seventeen pieces of artwork have received special recognition in the annual All-Students Juried Exhibition at UW-La Crosse.

    The works were announced when the show opened Friday, Feb. 13.Thirty-five pieces by 26 student artists were selected from the 112 works submitted by 53 students from across campus. Jurors were Phillip Ahnen of the Rochester (Minnesota) Art Center, and Carolyn Payne, director of the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis.

    The exhibition includes sculpture, painting, prints, photographs, metals/jewelry, ceramics, drawing, mixed media work and design. Students whose work was included in the exhibition, and awards they received, if any, include:

    • Nou Lee

    • Molly Duggan, Ruth and Dan Devitt Award for Painting and Ray Sherin Award

    • Sabrina Bruehling

    • Katy Coon, La Crosse Society of Arts and Crafts Award

    • Ian Wright

    • Elizabeth West

    • Madline Thorn, Carol Hutchins-Winthur Award and All-Students Art Exhibition Award

    • Stewart Stehly, American Association of University Women Award

    • Kaitlyn Kaufenberg, Louis Drumm Award

    • Allecia Kruser

    • Kelsey Mazza

    • Andrew Pitney, Ruth and Dan Devitt Award for Drawing

    • Jessica Zickert

    • Charleton Skinner, Milton and Margaret Kosbab Award

    • Andrea Anderson

    • Ben Kremer, Catherine Crail Award

    • Elizabeth Brown, Bill Kader Award

    • Scott Jablonski, Jamis Quillin Award

    • Larry Schmitt, Ketty Kendrick Award

    • Erin Stalker

    • Natalie Kotnik, Richard Koehler Award

    • Adam Brown, School or Arts and Communications Award

    • Karolyn Wood

    • Sarah Shultz, Bill Fiorini Award

    • Ethan Mohoney

    • Alexandra Nelson, RuthAnn Knapp Award

    The show runs in the University Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Center for the Arts. The adjacent gallery will feature charcoal prints by retired physician Bill Kader. The show is free and runs through March 7.

    Regular gallery hours are noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday; 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and when events are held in nearby Toland Theatre.

    University Art Gallery exhibitions are funded through the UW-L College of Liberal Studies and UW-L Student Association. All exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

    If you go—

    What: All Students Juried Exhibition

    Who: UW-L students

    Opening Reception: 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Show runs through  Saturday, March 7.

    Where: University Art Gallery, UW-L Center for the Arts

    Regular Hours: noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday; 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

    Admission: Free      

    What: Charcoal Prints

    Who: Bill Kader

    Artist talk: 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 116 Center for the Arts

    Opening Reception: 7-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. Show runs through Saturday, March 7.

    Where: Study Gallery in the University Art Gallery, UW-L Center for the Arts

    Regular Hours: noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday; 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

    Admission: Free

    Spanish film series Feb. 16-20 at UW-La Crosse

    The screening of five modern, Latin American films at UW-L will shine a spotlight on the political, social and cultural issues faced in another part of the world.

    UW-L’s second annual Spanish film festival runs Monday-Friday, Feb. 16-20. All films will show at 5 p.m. in Graff Main Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.

    “There is very little distribution of contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema throughout universities,” says Assistant Professor of Spanish Omar Granados. “One of our goals is to provide professors and students from every department access to materials rarely seen within North America.”

     Although the films are set in Latin American countries, they touch on issues that can be easily related to U.S society, and to the economic and political relation that the U.S has with these countries, says Granados. Common themes include social justice and inequality, expressed through class, gender, race and more. 

    The film series generates a cultural exchange that is key in a country where Hispanics and Latinos are the largest minority, adds Granados.  

    “Some of our students don’t have the resources to travel, but they want to learn about the many cultures addressed in class,” says Granados. “Film gives you a realistic perspective on life and images are easier to compare than text.”

    All the films are in Spanish with English subtitles and will be followed with a discussion. The movies were all made between 2012-14.

    The full schedule is online:

    Monday, Feb. 16, Graff Main Hall Auditorium, Free

    Who is Dayani Crystal?/Marc Silver/Mexico – USA/85 min/2014 

    Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who — or what — is Dayani Cristal? As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. As we travel north, this film gives us a rare insight into the human stories that are so often ignored in the immigration debate. Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, “Who Is Dayani Cristal? “ shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.

    Presentation and discussion by Nicholas Villanueva (Dept. of Ethnic and Racial Studies).

    Tuesday, Feb. 17, Graff Main Hall Auditorium, Free

    Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)/Mariana Rondón/Venezuela/93 min/2013

    A 9-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy with big brown eyes, a delicate frame and a head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to straighten those curls, to acquire a whole new look befitting his emerging fantasy image of himself as a long-haired singer. Junior’s father has died, and his mother now struggles to put a few arepas on the table for Junior and his baby brother. Junior doesn’t even know yet what it means to be gay, but the very notion prompts Marta to set out to “correct” Junior’s condition before it fully takes hold. This is a story of people doing what they feel they have to, partly out of fear, but also out of love. Winner of the top award at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2013, “Bad Hair” is the intimate story of a nine-year old child’s initiation to life and his difficult journey marked by intolerance.

    Presentation and discussion by Richard Breaux (Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies).

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, Graff Main Hall Auditorium, Free

    El facilitador (The Facilitator) Víctor Arregui/Ecuador/83 min/2014

    A political thriller about human rights, “The Facilitator” is one of the most successful films to come out of Ecuador in the last few years. Elena reconnects with her childhood friend Galo, who now promotes water access rights for the indigenous community. She is compelled by their way of life and gets involved with the political organization of the community. Elena will gradually understand that among her own family secrets, crimes, corruption, and dark perversions, commitment and beauty can emerge.

    Presentation and discussion by Adam Driscoll (Department of Sociology and Archaeology)

    Thursday, Feb. 19, Graff Main Hall Auditorium, Free

    Infancia clandestina (Clandestine Childhood)/Benjamin Ávila/Argentina/110 min / 2013 

    Benjamín Ávila’s Clandestine Childhood is an earnestly heartfelt cine-memoir based on the director/co-writer’s own tragic early life. Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, 12-year-old Juan and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan’s parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are tracked down relentlessly, and the threat of capture, and even death, is constant. However, Juan’s daily life is also full of warmth and humor, and he quickly integrates into his new environment. Juan accepts this and follows all of his parents’ rules until one day he is told that they need to move again immediately, and leave his friends behind without an explanation. This exceptional first feature not only captures the spirit and passion of the freedom fighters who gave their lives for a cause, but also gives voice to their children, caught in a battle that was not their own, yet rising heroically to the challenge. This story about militancy, undercover life, and love is the Argentine submission for the 2013 Best Foreign-Language Academy Award.

    Presentation and discussion by Maria Ghiggia (Department of Modern Languages).

    Friday, Feb. 20, Graff Main Hall Auditorium, Free

    Zona Sur (Southern District)/Bolivia/Juan Carlos Valdivia/109 min/2012

    The neighborhood Zona Sur in La Paz is Bolivia’s most exclusive enclave, home to the country’s affluent elite for generations. Here, in an adobe-tile-roofed castle, a statuesque matriarch reigns over her spoiled offspring and indigenous servants. Social change, however unwelcome, is on its way. As the mother squabbles with her self-indulgent, oversexed teenage son and clashes with her petulant daughter, her 6-year-old boy wanders the rooftops unsupervised. The scent of impending decline permeates the air, and the threat of aristocratic privileges quickly changing hands heralds a new era in a seemingly interminable class war. Bolivia’s official entry for the Academy Awards foreign-language film in 2012, this searing portrait of a patrician family in flux eloquently chronicles their final days during a time of intense social change and effectively exposes the bubble of decadence in which they exist.

    Presentation and discussion by Julia McReynolds-Perez (Department of Sociology and Archaeology).

    The festival is funded through a grant obtained by the UW-L Institute for Latin American Studies with the Pragda Film Institute in New York. The “Spanish Film Club Series” by Pragda is a travelling film festival for U.S. colleges and universities that is partly supported by the Embassy of Spain in Washington D.C., the Spain-USA Foundation and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain. The UW-L College of Liberal Studies also provided funds.

     UW-L students uncover community history that will inspire art, Pump House exhibit will feature artifacts and corresponding new artwork

    Area artists are invited to submit their work to a Pump House exhibition that blends La Crosse community history and art: [Art]ifact.

    The exhibit, originally conceived by three UW-L students, will showcase local historical artifacts from the La Crosse County Historical Society’s collection and new original artwork from area artists inspired by these objects. Along the way, UW-L students will learn to be experts at artifact analysis and research, public relations, curatorial work and educational programming to move the project forward. 

    “To do a project like this, you have to have a community that believes in its students,” says UW-L Senior Ariel Reker, one of the project leaders.

    The project is a team effort between the Pump House Regional Arts Center, the La Crosse County Historical Society and UW-L’s History Department.

    In 2015-16, UW-L students in Ariel Beaujot’s Public and Policy History classes will choose 15 artifacts that were made in La Crosse and represent the community’s diverse history. Then, a jury from the Pump House will select 15 artists from area artistic submissions received by Sept. 15, 2015. Artists will be assigned a historic object, which they will use for inspiration to create new artwork for the exhibition. Historic artifacts and corresponding new artwork will be displayed side by side at the Pump House exhibit in spring 2016.

    “[Art]ifact will show our accomplishments as a community historically and today,” says Beaujot.

    Reker is heading up the overall direction and public relations aspects of the project and Callie O’Connor, a UW-L senior, is working on the curatorial end. Their duties match their future career goals to be a museum director and curator, respectively. Beaujot serves as their mentor.

    O’Connor and Reker have already begun the search for artifacts for future UW-L history students to consider for the exhibit. La Crosse’s history has a long and varied manufacturing past representing everything from buttons to cigars to women’s undergarments. “It’s so interesting — it’s been like a scavenger hunt — contacting person after person after person to find out more details about each item,” says O’Connor. 

    Both Reker and O’Connor agree the public and policy history major at UW-L is less about spending time in class and more about getting experience out in the community — something they like.

    “I almost didn’t come to La Crosse, but there are so many moments where I realize I wouldn’t have gotten the same opportunities somewhere else,” says Reker. “I don’t think La Crosse realizes how connected the community and the university are. This project is just capitalizing on that relationship.”

    Are you an interested artist?

    The deadline for artists to submit their work is September 2015. More details related to submissions are available on the project website at Three prizes will be awarded to artists who present the best connection, best transformation and best renewal.

    UW-L Theatre Production: Globetrotting Con-Artist Takes to the Stage

     The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts presents Catch Me If You Can, a high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught.

     Catch Me If You Can follows Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. as he lies, seduces, and deceives his way into becoming a multi-occupational millionaire, using only his boyish charm, big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks. Frank jet-sets all over the world living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams all while posing as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer.  His lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty who tracks Frank’s stream of bounced checks across the country to make him pay for his crimes.

    Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can, is a delightfully entertaining show created by Tony Award-winning dream team, Terrance McNally, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.  Nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the stage version of Catch Me If You Can is a big, bright spectacle incorporating jazzy, high-energy musical numbers and a riveting story.

     Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 23.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior/non UWL students and $5 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.   

    Who:    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts

    What:  Catch Me If You Can, book by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman 
    Where: Toland Theatre, UW-L Center for the Arts located on 16th and Vine streets

    When: February 27-28 & March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 & 8 at 2:00 p.m.  

    Admission: $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $5 UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 23.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times.

    Cast:   Callie Boydston, Alex Brick, Erica Bush, Lily Cornwell, John Divney, Alexis Dreyer, Olivia Dubiel, Jessie Fanshaw, Erin Gassner, Mitchell Gray, Andrew Helman, Cara Henney, Corey Holloway, David Holmes, Makenna Johnson, Betsy Katschke, Avital Maltinski, Quinn Masterson, Aamer Mian, Jenna Moilanen, Kelsey Norton, Drew Penkala, Casey Schneider, Calahan Skogman, Seth Von Steidl, Alex Taylor, Maxwell Ward, Austin Werla, Katy Williams, Bryce Wilson, Matt Wudi, Lewis Youngren

    UW-L Theatre Department Announces 2014-2015 Theatre Season

    The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts production presents a season filled with a groundbreaking lawsuit, a Neil Simon comedy, a classic Shakespeare and a fast-paced musical.

    Opening the 2014-2015 season is 8  by Dustin Lance Black Ripped. From the headlines, 8 is a play that re-enacts events surrounding a 2010 lawsuit that overturned California's Proposition 8, a voter referendum that threw out California’s 2008 law allowing same-sex marriage. Written by Academy and Oscar Award winner Dustin Lance Black, 8 utilizes the original transcripts from the 2010 Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which ultimately led to a California federal judge’s ruling that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional and unfairly discriminated against homosexuals.

    Next up is the Neil Simon classic, Rumors, which begins at a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse; the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

    Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy new musical that was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical.  Teenager Frank W. Abagnale Jr., runs away from home in search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country. Along the way, though, both Frank and Carl forge an unlikely friendship and discover a way to ultimately work together.

    The Tempest by William Shakespeare this bewitching play is believed to be Shakespeare's final work. The story concerns Miranda, a lovely young maiden, and Prospero, her philosophical old magician father, who dwell on an enchanted island, alone except for their servants — Ariel, an invisible sprite, and Caliban, a monstrous witch’s son.  Into their idyllic, but isolated, lives comes a shipwrecked party that includes the enemies who usurped Prospero's dukedom years before, and set him and his daughter adrift on the ocean. Also among the castaways is a handsome prince, the first young man Miranda has ever seen. Comedy, romance, and reconciliation ensue, in a masterly drama that begins with a storm at sea and concludes in joyous harmony.

    The UW-L Theatre Department is also thrilled to present two Frederick Theatre productions including Peter Brook’s The Man Who and the children’s tale In One Basket.  The Man Who offers a series of fascinating doctor/patient scenarios that examine our attempts to understand the workings of the brain.  Peter Brook’s hypnotizing new theatrical work is as vast and mysterious as the human imagination and as commonplace as the image of a man trying to shave himself, but failing.  The Man Who is one of the most magically effective explorations of the mind (also possibly the soul) ever to be attempted on the stage.  The Man Who is funny, inspiring, desperate, and heroic. In One Basket by Shirley Pugh is a fascinating compilation of 12 relatively obscure folktales, told in the storytelling fashion.  Audiences will be captivated by the rare, but not forgotten tales of youthfulness, adventure, and lessons to be learned played out by a cast of silly characters including a selfish princess, an absent-minded young boy, a rich man, and a spunky young girl.  Tales include The Three Wishes, Tale of a Mouse, Crown of Dew, and The Kangaroo and the Ostrich.  (Please note:  The Man Who and In One Basket are not part of the season subscription package.)

    Please join the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts for another thrilling season!  Early bird season tickets are on sale now through July 14, 2014 and include ticket vouchers for four season productions, postcard reminders and early ticket reservation privileges. Early bird season subscriptions are $60 for general public, $50 for senior citizens and non-UWL students/high school students, and $14 for UW-L students and can be purchased by calling the UW-L Department of Theatre Arts at 608-785-6701.

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