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Commmunity Classroom Explores Riots in France

JAN. 6, 2006--Go behind the headlines and learn about the recent riots that began in suburban Paris and escalated to urban centers throughout France, Belgium and Germany. Kristine Butler Karlson, of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls modern language department will present "What's Going On with the Riots in France?" as part of the College of Arts and Sciences Community Classroom Series on Monday, Jan. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library.  

In the wake of these riots, the tensions in disadvantaged communities are very obvious. Butler will discuss how France is coping with its legacy of immigration and discuss key differences between the way France and the United States deal with issues of ethnic and religious diversity. She will also explore the potential consequences of inadequate solutions to this problem and if France is at risk of becoming the next potential recruiting ground for Islamic fundamentalist groups.

The Community Classroom Series is sponsored by the UW-RF College of Arts and Sciences and the outreach office. All events are free, open to the public and are held from 7-8:30 p.m. at the River Falls Public Library on Division and Union streets in River Falls. No reservations are required to attend.

Upcoming presentations in the series will be "Can Single Sex Classrooms Help? Closing the Gender Gap in Math and Science" on Thursday, March 9 and "This Beer Really Tastes Good: Nationalism Consumerism and Development of the Beer Industry in Qingdao (Tsingtao), North China" on Thursday, March 30.

The UW-RF outreach office provides lifelong learners with academic and professional development programs that are practical, flexible, convenient, and affordable. A complete list of programs and registration information is available at or may be obtained by calling the outreach office at 1-800-228-5607 or 715-425-3256 or e-mail



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