UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts, with license from the American
Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce a
play chronicling the historic trial challenging California’s Proposition 8.
8 (the play) by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and
AFER Founding Board Member, Dustin Lance Black, will show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
October 17 & Saturday, October 18and Thursday, October 23 through Saturday,
October 25 and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 19 & 26.
8 is an unprecedented account of the
Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Hollingsworth
v. Perry), the case filed by AFER that successfully overturned Proposition
8 and restored the freedom to marry for same sex couples in California.
Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of
California’s Prop. 8 and first-hand interviews with the plaintiffs and their
families, 8 demonstrates both sides of the debate in
this moving 90-minute play, performed in a staged-reading style.
AFER and Broadway
Impact have teamed up to coordinate readings of 8 at
theaters, universities, and community centers across the country in order to
raise awareness and spur dialogue about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans.
Immediately following the performances on October 18, 19, 23 and 24,
the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts will host talk back sessions
featuring the cast and director, members of the GLBT community, area clergy
and/or political representatives. These sessions are to spark an open
dialogue regarding the topics presented in the play and to encourage
understanding about both sides of the case for marriage equality.
Tickets go on sale at 1:00
p.m. Monday, October 13. 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 $16 for adults, $14 for senior/non UWL students
and $5 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.
If you go—
Who: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department
of Theatre Arts
What: 8 (the play) by
Dustin Lance Black
Where: Toland Theatre, UW-La Crosse Center for
the Arts at 16th and Vine streets
When: October 17-18 & 23-25, 2014 at 7:30
p.m. and October 19 & 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $16 for adults, $14 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,
October 13. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,
10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times.
A UW-La Crosse history
student’s class project proposal will take people on a scavenger hunt-like game
through downtown La Crosse.
Last spring, senior Julia Roden
proposed setting up a research project to get college-age students to the
historic downtown area and into the local archives at the La Crosse Public Main
Library. It included a competitive, trivia game with some of the answers leading
those playing through the archives and up to historical sites downtown.
“I had to make a mock event for the class,”
explains Roden. “When the assignment was over, I decided I actually wanted to
do a scavenger hunt.”
The Port Washington, Wisconsin,
student turned the idea into a senior research project, working with Downtown
Main Street and the La Crosse Public Library. The hunt will be held during
Historical Downtown Day, Saturday Oct. 11.
Along with college-age students,
Roden expects families to join the hunt. She will survey participants at the
end of the hunt to get clues of ways to get young adults more interested in the
Roden came up with the idea during an
“Introduction to Public and Policy History” class, which is part of the new
public and policy history major and minor in the History Department.
While researching for
the game, Roden discovered many interesting historical facts about downtown. “I
was impressed with the numerous celebrities who visited the Stoddard Hotel,”
Roden hopes to attract
up to 100 participants. Along with encouraging UW-L students to participate,
she will promote the event at Western Technical College and Viterbo University
Downtown History Hunt
1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11
• Begins at Third and Main streets,
• Teams of two to six people can
• Two hours to complete as many clues
and questions as possible.
• Only walking allowed; teams caught
on wheels will be disqualified.
• Top three teams getting the most
correct answers earn cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50.
• Participants will receive a fee
T-shirt to wear during the event.
• The hunt is free, but
teams must register. Registration open through Sept. 27 at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-annual-history-hunt-tickets-12694655055?aff=efbevent
UW-La Crosse associate professor
James Longhurst is looking for volunteers to help make UW-L’s campus a
friendlier place for all commuters and modes of transportation.
With renewed local and national
interest in sustainable transportation and walkable cities, Longhurst says now
is the time to assess the mix of transportation on campus and develop a plan
for the future.
“We need to plan for a future that
improves the safe combination of biking, walking, driving and public transit,”
he says. "This generation seems to want alternative transportation as well
as cars, so we need education and engineering that provides for all to safely
use the road together."
With a grant from the UW-L
Foundation, Longhurst is launching the “UW-L ON THE GO” project, which will
conduct opinion surveys, focus groups, interviews and counts of bikers and
pedestrians. Data gathered will help shape a safe and sustainable
bicycle/pedestrian plan for campus and a first-time application for national
recognition as a “Bicycle Friendly University.”
Longhurst will kick off the project
with a bike count starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Volunteers are
invited to help count bikes and pedestrians at strategic points on campus.
Anyone is welcome to sign up to participate.
The City of La Crosse is already one of
13 Wisconsin communities with bicycle-friendly status. The city has also shown
a commitment to being bicycle-friendly with a renewed 2012 Bicycle and
Pedestrian Master plan, which calls for more steps to make biking and walking
safer for residents. La Crosse and Onalaska also recently both passed a new
“Complete Streets” ordinance.Want to help?
Sign up to count bikes and pedestrians at http://www.uwlax.edu/bikeped, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org;
pick up and return materials at the table near Hoeschler Tower beginning 8 a.m. Sept. 24.
Shifts last as little as one hour. Oct. 21 is an alternate day in case of rain Wednesday, Sept. 24
or if there are issues with the first count.
Great stone structures created about
5,000 years ago in northwest Kenya have intrigued archaeologists for decades.
Today the mystery behind these
“pillar sites” is being unraveled. Katherine Grillo, UW-L assistant professor
of sociology/archaeology, will give a free public lecture about what
researchers are uncovering in eastern Africa at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Port O’ Call, Cartwright
The first group of cattle herders in
eastern Africa moved into the Turkana Basin of northwestern Kenya and built
large megalithic "pillar sites" at several places surrounding Lake
Turkana about 5,000 years ago. New excavations reveal that many of these sites
were large communal cemeteries. Grillo will discuss what’s been found and
conclude with a discussion about the enduring legacy of the pillar-site
artists from Minnesota will show their work in the first exhibition of the
academic year at the UW-La Crosse Art Gallery.
“Lovesickness with Trees,” courtesy of
the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, will feature the works of Sophia
Heymans and Garrett Perry. The two will participate in an artist lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12,
in 116 Center for the Arts. The exhibit opens following the talk with a
reception from 4-6
p.m. in the University Art Gallery, on first floor of the Center
for the Arts. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 4.
Heymans lives and works in St.
Joseph, Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s of fine arts in painting from the
Rhode Island School of Design. Perry, who lives in Minneapolis, holds a
bachelor’s of fine arts from the College of Visuals Arts in St. Paul. He
currently works out of his studio in Minnesota’s capital.
Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m.
Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, or when events are
held in Toland Theatre or by appointment. Exhibits are free and open to the
The exhibition is funded by the UW-L Student
Association, the UW-L College of Liberal Studies and the Soo Visual Arts
Center. For additional information, visit www.uwlax.edu/art or contact the gallery at 608.785.8230.
The news came in a letter to UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow from
the U.S. Army Cadet Command, dated July 30.
“This is an incredibly good letter to receive — especially
after what we went through last year,” says Lt. Col. James Hill, ROTC
Eagle Battalion commander.
In October 2013, the U.S. Army notified UW-L that the
university’s ROTC program was being considered for closure because of a
reduction in Army resources. However, the Army rescinded its decision a month
later and put the battalion on probation while it created a set of metrics to
evaluate ROTC programs across the country.
Under the new metrics, UW-L’s program has successfully met
the Army’s criteria for 2013-14. UW-L’s ROTC program has a three-year average
of commissioning 15.3 ROTC officers into the U.S. Army a year. These program
graduates become members of the U.S. Army National Guard, the Army Reserve or active
duty officers. That exceeds the minimum commission average of 15 officers a
Also, the letter notes that 22.9 percent of UW-L’s ROTC
program graduates have degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
fields. This percentage far exceeds the ROTC national average of 16.1 percent
and helps the Army work toward its overall goal of having more officers in STEM
“We are delighted the Army has reconsidered its decision and we’re
proud of how quickly the Eagle Battalion has been able to satisfy the new
standards,” says UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow. “It’s particularly gratifying to see
how significantly UW-L is meeting, and even exceeding, the need for STEM Army
UW-L’s ROTC graduation rate in STEM field is the real
strength of the battalion, says Hill.
“That’s what will keep it here for a long time to come,” he
says. “This is very good news for our cadets and for the university.”
The UW-La Crosse 'Politics and Film' class
will host public screenings and discussion on four films at the La Crosse
Public Library during the month of September.
UW-L Assistant Professor Tim Dale teaches the class
“Politics in Film.” The collection of films will be shown, followed by a guided
short discussion, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, at the Main,
The films reflect four different eras in political
filmmaking, as well as a variety of styles including drama and comedy. The
films are intended to generate discussion about their political meaning and
context, and help people understand the role of popular culture in larger
The screening is part of a theme-based film series at the
library called “Film Freaks. ” The screenings and discussions offer value added
content such as information about the film’s actors and director, other
recommended films, related library resources, basic film study analysis and a
discussion at each screening.
The four films in the Politics in
Film series include:
Dale, an assistant professor of Political Science and Public
Administration, teaches a class on Politics and Film. The class examines
the use of film as a form of political communication, and encourages
students to consider how films reflect and communicate things about 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
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
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
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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