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Lecture Series 2011–12

RichardThe Restorative Power of Nature

Sept. 13, 2011 – Richard Louv, Author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

10 a.m. Presentation to middle and high school students  
7 p.m. Presentation to the general community 
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature, and community. His newest book is The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin), which offers a new vision of the future, in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology. This future, available to all of us right now, offers better psychological, physical, and spiritual health for people of every age.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin), translated into 10 languages and published in 15 countries, has stimulated an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature. Louv is also the founding chairman of the Children and Nature Network at www.childrenandnature.org, an organization helping to build the movement to connect today's children and future generations to the natural world. Louv coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder™ which has become the defining phrase of this important issue.  For more information, visit www.RichardLouv.com.

Co-sponsored by the Myrick Hixon EcoPark, Three Rivers Waldorf School, and the La Crosse Public Library.  

Patrick“ICYIZERE: hope” a film by Patrick Mureithi

Sept. 21, 2011 
7 p.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Award winning documentary filmmaker Patrick Mureithi, a Kenyan native, traveled to Rwanda to film a gathering of 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994  genocide. ICYIZERE: hope is a documentary about the experiences of the participants, as they are taught about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and go through a series of group exercises to help build trust. The film also explores how the media was used to incite fear, hatred and, ultimately, genocide, as it is the filmmaker’s belief that just as media can and has been used to divide and destroy, so can it be used to unite and to heal.

ICYIZERE (ee-cheez-eh-reh) has been shown at the 2009 Rwanda Film Festival, Rwanda National Television, the National University in But are, and Gisenyi Central Prison (both in Rwanda), where one of the subjects of the film was imprisoned for his crimes during the genocide. It has also been shown in Kenya, Uganda, and at various churches, colleges and high schools in the U.S., where Mureithi currently resides and works as the Artist in Residence at Drury University in Springfield, Mo.

Sponsored by the Student Organization Advocating for Human Rights (SOAHR). 

GerdaCitizenship and Civility

Oct. 17, 2011 – Gerda Weissmann Klein, Holocaust Survivor and Founder of Citizenship Counts

10 a.m. Presentation to middle and high school students 
7 p.m. Presentation to the general community 
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Citizenship Counts was founded by Gerda Weissmann Klein, humanitarian, author, human rights activist, Holocaust survivor, and proud naturalized citizen. Weissmann Klein's passion for the mission of Citizenship Counts is best expressed in her own words:

“America is a unique, diverse and wondrous country, comprised both of those who know its magnificence as their birthright, and others, like me, who are privileged to call our adopted country ‘our own.’ What we all share is a desire for our families to enjoy America’s boundless opportunities while extending to all our fellow citizens justice and the blessings and freedoms upon which the nation was founded.

To perpetuate the miracle that is America we must teach our children about its rich history as a nation of immigrants who chose this country and have given meaning to its ideals.

Citizenship Counts will engage today’s students in civics education, combined with active participation in a naturalization ceremony, to help ensure that the citizens of tomorrow will continue to foster tolerance, understanding, service to one another and a greater appreciation for the privilege and responsibility of citizenship.”

For more than six decades, Weissmann Klein has captivated audiences worldwide with her powerful message of hope, inspiration, love, and humanity. In her speeches and books she draws from her wealth of life experiences—from surviving the Holocaust and meeting her future husband on the day of her liberation, to her journey to the U.S. where she raised her family and has fought to promote tolerance and combat hunger.

(From the Citizenship Counts website http://citizenshipcounts.org)

megLife in the Treetops: Conservation of the World’s Rain Forests

Nov. 10, 2011– Margaret Lowman, Ph.D., Director, Nature Research Center, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

7 p.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Meg Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For 30 years, she has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve mysteries in the world’s forests, with special expertise on the links between insect pests and ecosystem health. Lowman is affectionately called the mother of canopy research as one of the first scientists to explore this “eighth continent.” She relentlessly works to “map” the canopy for biodiversity and to champion forest conservation around the world. Her international network and passion for science have led her into leadership roles where she seeks best practices to solve environmental challenges.

As director of the Nature Research Center, Lowman oversees the new wing’s research agenda, which includes supervising senior research staff; developing, directing, implementing and fundraising for all research programs of the NRC; and assisting with the integration of existing museum programs within center operations. In addition to her role as director of the Nature Research Center, Lowman is research professor of natural sciences in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at North Carolina State University, where she will focus on initiatives involving science communication to the public.

Lowman’s first book, Life in the Treetops, received a cover review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Working tirelessly on sustainability initiatives at home and abroad, she recently received the Achievements in Canopy Ecology award from her peers at the fifth international canopy conference in Bangalore, India.  

Sgrossmantop Teaching Our Kids to Kill

Jan. 31, 2012 – Colonel David Grossman

7 p.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

The co-author of the book Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence, Grossman will argue in his presentation that youth are being desensitized to violence through various media.

Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier and speaker. He is the author of On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. On Killing deals with the fact that most soldiers are loath to kill, but armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. Grossman argues in his book that civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army’s techniques and is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young. On Killing is required reading by the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant, the FBI Academy, and numerous other academies and universities.

A former Airborne Ranger infantry officer with 23 years experience leading U.S. soldiers, West Point psychology professor, and Professor of Military Science, Grossman is the founder of the field of study he calls “killology.” In this field, he has made very significant contributions to the understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the causes of the current epidemic of violent crime in the world, and the process of healing the victims of violence.

Grossman has presented at over 100 colleges and universities and has provided training to countless educators and law enforcement professionals in all 50 states and in more than 12 nations. He has testified before the U.S. Senate, Congressional committees, and numerous state legislatures.     

karlFrac Sand Mining in the Driftless Region

March 21, 2012 – Karl Green, Community Natural Resource and Community Development Agent, La Crosse County - UW Extension

7 p.m. Reinhart Center Board Room

Frac sand mining is a new topic for the Coulee Region and the nation. This presentation gives a geologic overview of where frac sands are found in the Coulee Region, as well as the practical issues that may be faced by local government officials when a sand mine (quarry) is proposed.

Co-sponsored by the Coulee Region Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

jamesServant Leadership

March 22, 2012 – James Hunter

8 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Jim Hunter is the author of two internationally best-selling books, The Servant, subtitled A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership and The World's Most Powerful Leadership Principle: How to Become a Servant Leader.

Hunter's books are the texts used in many MBA and other higher education curriculum around the world, have been translated into two dozen languages, and have sold over 3.75 million copies.

Hunter speaks on Servant Leadership to audiences around the world and has personally coached over 2,000 executives in developing the skills of Servant Leadership.

Hunter's clients include many of the world’s most admired organizations including American Express, Best Buy, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, Microsoft, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. Hunter’s clients also include several of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for” including Baptist Health Systems, Pella Window, Synovus Financial, and T.D. Industries.

Sponsored by Dave and Barb Skogen and Festival Foods.

AlexandraPeter Feigl, Holocaust Survivor
Alexandra Zapruder, Author

March 22, 2012

7 p.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category, Salvaged Pages: Stories from Holocaust Diaries is a collection of diaries, including Feigl’s, written by young people during the Holocaust. The book contains extensive excerpts from diaries, 10 of which had never been translated or published in English. Some of the diarists survived the Holocaust, but most perished. Feigl is the only one still alive.

Feigl was 13 years old when he began keeping a diary. Born in Germany, Feigl fled with his family to Vienna, then Brussels, and finally Vichy France to escape the Nazis. The son of secular Jewish parents, Feigl was baptized a Catholic in 1937 in an effort to avoid persecution. He was still racially identified as a Jew by the Nazis. In 1942, the government of Vichy France began to round up Jews for deportation. His parents sent him to a Catholic summer camp to obscure his Jewish ancestry. His parents were arrested and sent to Auschwitz where they were killed.

Feigl would eventually be sent to Le Chambon, a French village that took in and helped thousands of Jewish refugees. On May 22, 1944, Feigl crossed the French border into Switzerland, where in his words, “Then I sleep soundly in a free country.” He would share his story in his book, One Man, Two Voices: Peter Feigl’s Diary and Testimony.

Zapruder began her career as a member of the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She is also the author of Nazi Ideology and The Holocaust, which was used by educators across the country. Her documentary film for young audiences, I’m Still Here, based on her book Salvaged Pages: Stories from Holocaust Diaries, was broadcast on MTV in 2005. 

peter"Teaching the Holocaust"  A Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers

March 22–23, 2012

This workshop is designed for middle and high school teachers who want to learn more about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust in their school. Participants are eligible to receive one graduate credit upon completion of course requirements. Includes a presentation by Alexandra Zapruder and Holocaust survivor Peter Feigl on March 22.

amySecond Chances, Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

March 29, 2012 – Amy Dickinson, Nationally syndicated advice columnist Ask Amy

7 p.m. Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Amy Dickinson pens the Ask Amy column for the Chicago Tribune, which is now syndicated in over 200 newspapers nationwide, including the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Seattle Times, the Boston Herald, the Baltimore Sun, the Charlotte Observer, the Orlando Sun Times, and the Philadelphia Enquirer. She joined the Tribune in July 2003 as the newspaper's signature general advice columnist, succeeding the legendary Ann Landers. She is a regular panelist on the popular radio current events quiz show, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, heard on 400 NPR stations. Dickinson is also an occasional guest on such programs as The Today Show, The Rachel Ray Show, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and CNN’s American Morning.

Dickinson hails from the Finger Lakes region of New York and is a distant relative of poet Emily Dickinson. Her large family has lived in and around her hometown (pop. 450) continuously since the Revolutionary War. She often jokes, “Life in my hometown was like growing up in Lake Wobegon, only with worse weather and high unemployment.”

"My extended family is a collection of married and divorced parents, single mothers, step-relatives, adoptees, devoted siblings, cousins, aunties, uncles, and grandparents. I grew up hearing stories about my ancestors’ exploits. My great-grandfather was warden of Sing Sing Prison and my great-uncle ran off to Europe and joined the circus when he was 40.” Dickinson fondly describes her family as "hilarious, short-waisted Methodists."

Her New York Times bestselling memoir, The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, A Daughter and the People Who Raised Them, was released in February 2009.

Dickinson continues to teach Sunday school and has proven you can go home again. She currently lives in Upstate New York with her family.

Co-sponsored by the La Crosse Tribune.  

The Virtue of Hope

March 29–31, 2012

Conference on the Cardinal Virtues

Where Do the Children Play?

April 10, 2012
7 p.m. School of Nursing Building Collins Auditorium

Where Do the Children Play? is a one-hour documentary for public television that examines how restrictive patterns of sprawl, congestion, and endless suburban development across America are impacting children's mental and physical health and development.

Using the adage that children represent 20 percent of the world's population but 100 percent of its future, the film opens by examining differences between growing up today, with all its inherent obstacles and temptations, and childhood as it was lived 50 years ago.

To understand today’s children more acutely, the film team first visited Beaver Island where there are no McDonald’s, Burger Kings, Targets or Wal-Marts. There, children congregate by bike in the downtown area to play. All 85 students in grades one to 12 attend the only school on the island. Most use the computer as a tool for homework, but not for communication. And while they miss a lot of what their counterparts have on the mainland, Beaver Island children are keenly aware of nature and its importance to their lives and their well-being.

Second, the film looked at suburbs today, which have the greatest problems. Explosive growth patterns, massive highways, distant malls, create an isolated environment lacking in sidewalks or places to ride bikes, walk or play. Children tend to be driven indoors to computers and television for recreation, and then driven to a mall or a friend’s house by parents. Suburban kids, those ironically with the most opportunity in some areas, suffer the greatest health and psychological problems.

Third, the film team visited the city, which produced the greatest surprises as a place for children: for those not raised in crushing poverty, it still works. And surprisingly well. Despite obstacles and the media stereotypes, old neighborhoods function better than many suburbs, with parks and schools and a sense of community in which parents of different backgrounds often watch out for the safety of children, as they did generations ago when these places were built.

Finally, the film examines the impact of the media and stranger-danger television stories. But it also looks at the role of parents themselves, specifically to the over-programmed child of professionals who run their child’s life as if it were a business.

Co-sponsored by Three Rivers Waldorf School, Children's Museum of La Crosse, and the Myrick Hixon EcoPark.

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