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March 7, 2012

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Nationally syndicated advice columnist Amy Dickinson will present “Second Chances, Fresh Starts, and New Beginnings: Embracing the Fine Art of the Do-Over” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Dickinson writes the popular column “Ask Amy” for the Chicago Tribune, which is syndicated in over 150 newspapers, including the La Crosse Tribune, and is read by an estimated 22 million people each day. She joined the Chicago Tribune in 2003 as the paper’s signature advice columnist, succeeding the legendary Ann Landers.

The presentation will include stories and insights learned from her life and her advice column. Dickinson is a regular panelist on National Public Radio’s comedy quiz show, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, which is broadcast on 400 radio stations nationwide. She is also the author of the best selling memoir The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Story of Surprising Second Chances, a chronicle of her experiences and misadventures as a single mother to her daughter Emily. She has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and CNN’s American Morning.

A popular and prominent speaker, Dickinson shares inspiring and comedic stories of her adventures and misadventures to groups across the country. She was born and raised on a dairy farm in Freeville, N.Y., population 454, on land where her family has lived since the Revolutionary War. A graduate of Georgetown University, Dickinson lived in New York, London, Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving back to her hometown where she married a local contractor she has known since childhood. She is the mother to five daughters.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and the doors will open at 6:15 p.m. The event is part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute of Ethics in Leadership’s Spring Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the La Crosse Tribune. For a complete schedule, visit


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