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June 19, 2002


LA CROSSE, Wis.—Nationally renowned speaker John Powers will be at Viterbo University Friday, July 12, to present a program directed to teachers, parents, members of schools boards, and community groups interested in the topic of education.

Powers’ 8:30 a.m. talk, "Learning is for the Birds…The Ones Who Want to Fly," will be free and open to the public based on available seating. The author, comedian, educator will also present to 300-plus teachers who are attending classes this summer as part of Viterbo’s graduate program in education.

Powers, who has received two Emmy awards for his work in television, wrote and co-produced the Broadway musical Do Black Leather Shoes Really Reflect Upward?  He has been a guest on hundreds of radio and television shows including Oprah and Today. Powers has also taught on the elementary and junior high levels. He was a professor at Northeastern Illinois University and holds a Ph.D. in communications from Northwestern University. In addition, he has worked extensively in public television and has written four books and a Broadway musical about the experience of going to school.

Powers uses humor—beginning with his less than stellar performance in elementary school—to share a serious message about the importance of good teachers and other adults who made a difference in his life.

To reserve a seat, call the Viterbo Office of Graduate Education at 796-3380. Powers’ talk will be held in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

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