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January 6, 2000


LA CROSSE, Wis.—National Public Radio reporter Amy Goodman will be one of the featured speakers at Viterbo’s annual Diversity Days Symposium, Monday, Jan. 31-Thursday, Feb. 3. This year’s topic is "Multiple Faces of Evil: Our Human Response."

Host of Pacifica Radio’s "Democracy Now" program, Goodman will discuss "Media Evil: Reporting on Human Rights Around the World," at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre on Monday, Jan. 31. After witnessing and surviving the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre in Indonesia, Goodman was barred from that country for exposing Indonesian occupation of East Timor and the genocide of the East Timorese. Her talk will reflect that experience as well as her experiences reporting from third world countries and her reactions to a variety of global human rights issues.

Goodman’s presentation is just one of several during the week-long symposium that focuses on the human response to evil throughout the world.

"The purpose of this year’s Diversity Days is to explore the challenges faced by the presence of evil, both globally and in everyday life, and then to sustain a sense of hope by looking at how we, as humans, can choose to respond," says Sr. Anita Beskar, Chair of Viterbo’s Global Education Department.

Other symposium highlights include:
Monday, Jan. 31
Introduction and Panel Discussion exploring evil as related to different fields of study: "Evil’s Presence Across Disciplines," 2-4 p.m., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Tuesday, Feb. 1
Panel Discussion: "Our Human Response to Systemic Evil in our Community," 5 p.m., Campus Church. Panel members include June Kjome, retired missionary nurse and local activist; Chief Edward Kondracki, La Crosse Police Department; Linda Madigan, director of New Horizons Shelter and Women’s Center.

"Sacred Vows: A Personal Exploration of Evil through Poetry and Conversation," by U. Sam Oeur, 7:15 p.m., Campus Church. Oeur is a Cambodian poet and survivor of the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.

Thursday, Feb. 3
"Seeds of Tibet," 3:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Performed by students from Oconomowoc High School, "Seeds of Tibet" is a dramatization of Tibeten refugee children’s stories. It was inspired by the work of Viterbo College Psychology Professor Pam Maykut. "Escape from Genocide: Paintings and Stories of Tibetan Children," an art exhibit featuring Tibetan students’ paintings and stories, will be on display throughout the week in the atrium of the Fine Arts Center main entrance.

Campus Speakers
Throughout the symposium, various speakers will visit Viterbo classrooms. Kathy Kelly will be on-campus Monday, Jan. 31 and Tuesday, Feb. 1. Kelly is co-director and co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, a group aimed at ending sanctions against Iraq.  Others include U Sam Oeur, Sr. Margaret Klotz, Paula Friedman, and retired Viterbo history professor James Lawrence.

"Multiple Faces of Evil: Our Human Response," is co-sponsored by the Franciscan Chair in Global Education and the Viterbo School of Letters and Sciences and is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports public programs that engage the people of Wisconsin in the exploration of human cultures, ideas, and values.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about the symposium, contact Sr. Beskar in the Global Education Office at Viterbo, 796-3171.

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