Wyman Events

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Sept. 20, 1996

Kottke, Van Dan, Sears to Appear

The UW-River Falls Wyman Concert & Lecture Series is in full swing this year with three events set the first week of October. The events range from a presentation by a World War II veteran about his experiences, to a world renowned solo guitarist, to a lecture on human relations.

Frank Van Dan will lecture on "An Improbable Military Career: I Fought for Three World War Armies-Hungarian, German, and Soviet" on Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Regents Room in the Hagestad Student Center. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Leo Kottke will perform a solo guitar concert on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. in the William Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Tickets go on sale Sept. 3 at the Student Center Information Desk. The cost is $5 for students and $10 for non-students.

Dr. Jim Sears will lecture on "Sharing Separate Struggles: Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia" on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the North Hall Auditorium. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Frank Van Dan was born and raised in Hungary and served in the Royal Hungarian Army at the beginning of World War II. Because he was part Jewish he was interned into a forced labor battalion. He escaped and joined the Resistance movement against the Nazis. When Van Dan became in danger of being caught, he used false identity papers to enlist in the German Waffen SS, where he served as an interpreter. After defecting from the Nazis he rejoined the Resistance and helped Allied and American airmen shot down in battle to escape German-held territory.

In the 1944 he was caught in a dragnet, sent to a German concentration camp at Terezin, escaped and rejoined the Resistance. He fought three battles as a partisan, helping the Soviet Red Army liberate Budapest and was formally inducted into the Soviet Army in January of 1945.

After the War, Van Dan served as an administrator and diplomat for the Hungarian government until he immigrated into the United States in 1948.

Now retired, Van Dan will relate aspects of his story and talk about the war on the Eastern Front.

Leo Kottke is a world famous and self-taught solo guitarist whose music is very vivid, and much more aggressive than what is usually expected from an acoustic guitar performer.

He will entertain with his 12-string guitar and his surprising blend of humor and stage presentation.

Kottke, who is installed in the Guitar Player Magazine's Hall of Fame, has released over 21 recordings on three major record labels, and has also worked with television and movie music writers. He has recorded with Rickie Lee Jones, Lyle Lovett, the Violent Femmes and John Gorka, among others. Kottke's compositions are included in the course of guitar studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Jim Sears is an expert in promoting sensitivity, information, and critical thinking relative to issues of sexual diversity.

Sears will lecture on each of these topics and will talk with students about any other concerns they might have about them.

For more information, contact Wyman Performance Series at 715/425-4911.

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