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Humanities Symposium

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The Viterbo University School of Letters and Sciences presents

Poverty and Children: It's About All of Us

January 30–February 1, 2005

All of the world's spiritual traditions encourage compassionate outreach to the poor, to the lowly, to the weak. No religious tradition is more concerned with the disadvantaged than the Christian faith, inspired by the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare. Who are the impoverished children of our region? What is being done for them? What can we do-what should we do-to help them? This three-day symposium will ask these questions and develop practical answers to attainable goals. This topic is central to the ideals and mission of Viterbo University. All members of the community are welcomed and encouraged to participate. It's about all of us.

Sunday, January 30
7 p.m. Concert for Hunger, Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Dr. Earl Madary, Chelsea Bassett, and Special Musical Guests – Food Donations for Admission
Monday, January 31 – Children and Poverty: Defining the Problem
9 a.m. A Perspective on Urban and Rural Poverty in our Area, Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Local politicians and social service personnel, including La Crosse Mayor John Medinger, Coulee CAP Director Grace Jones, and others
12 p.m. Free Soup Luncheon, Reinhart Center Board Room<
1 p.m. Panel Discussion with Morning Speakers, Reinhart Center Board Room
2 p.m. Video Presentation/Discussion, The World Through Children's Eyes, Reinhart Center Room 127
3 p.m. Video Presentation/Discussion, Take It from Me, Reinhart Center Room 127
7 pm Julia Dinsmore, Duluth, Minn., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
A Voice From the Underclass: An Evening of Poetry, Songs, and Stories of Struggle and Hope
Tuesday, February 1 – Children and Poverty: What Can be Done?
9 a.m. Hunger and Poverty Summit/Towne Hall Meeting, Fine Arts Center Lobby
Over 12 Agencies and Organizations in the area will present their current outreach programs and ministries. This shared information will be used in the afternoon session to develop awareness, strategies, and activism for the poor, homeless, and hungry children, women, men, and families.
12 p.m. Free Soup Luncheon, Reinhart Center Board Room
1 p.m. Strategies for Change-Open Forum
7 p.m. Dr. Johnny Baylor, Los Angeles, Calif., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Jesus Loves the Children-With Our Hands, Our Hearts, Our Lives

Feed Hungry Minds
The Viterbo University Student Social Work Club, in conjunction with the Humanities Symposium, will collect gently used and new books from 1/18-2/1 and distribute them to local families through La Crosse food banks and Birthright. For information contact Connie Fossen at 796-3729 or cmfossen@viterbo.edu.

This Humanities Symposium is funded in part by support from La Crosse area businesses and social agencies. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. If you have questions, contact William Reese at 608-796-3708 or wjreese@viterbo.edu.