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April 16, 2004

UW-River Falls Presents Unity in the Community

UW-River Falls will sponsor Unity in the Community Week, a week to recognize and appreciate diversity, beginning on Monday, April 26, with events happening throughout the week. Unity in the Community Day is Wednesday, April 28, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Hagestad Student Center and on the Student Center Mall.

The following is a listing of events by time and location.

April 26, 8 p.m. in the North Hall Auditorium. The event is titled "Reading Rainbow: An evening with Transgendered High School Librarian, Debra Davis." Davis of Minneapolis, Minn., had a highly-publicized transition from being a man to a woman. She retired after 32 years of teaching and now serves as the executive director for the Gender Education Center, which is a small non-profit organization of differently gendered people dedicated to support, advocacy, and education.

April 27, 8 p.m. The presentation is titled "Ethnic Man." The one-person show will address the enigma of cultural, racial and ethnic identity. Using verse, slides, humor and character studies based on his own life experiences, the presenter will challenge the questions of what it means to be American.

April 28, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Unity in the Community Day in the Student Center and on the Student Center Mall. The day will feature cultural performances including an Irish Trio and a Native American storyteller. Students, faculty, staff and the community will have the opportunity to take part in brief activities that challenge the norms and encourage greater acceptance and appreciation of difference.

April 28, 7 p.m. in the North Hall Auditorium. The event is titled "Preacher Moss is the End of Racism Comedy Tour." The presenter, Preacher Moss, has played to the hearts and minds of college students and administrators all over the country. His insight on "racial understanding vs. racial interaction" has made him popular on the college scene today.

April 29, 9:30 p.m. at Brandy's in the Student Center. Ellis, winner of the Reader's Choice award of Best Musician in the Twin Cities from Lavender Magazine, will perform her playful and humorous songs. Known for her vibrant and open-hearted nature, she is an engaging and dynamic singer, songwriter and guitarist.

For more information contact the UW-RF Leadership Center at 715/425-4911.


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