Tuesday October 3, 2006

Immigration, Peace, Ideas

Variety of speakers come to campus with ideas about today's pertinent subjects.

BIKER OF MORE THAN 100,000 MILES ON SIX CONTINENTS TO SPEAK AT UD — Frosty Wooldridge, who has biked more than 100,000 miles on six continents will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Kennedy Union ballroom on UD's campus. Wooldridge's talk, part of UD's Distinguished Speakers Series, is free and open to the public. He is working on three books — Incursion into America: How Immigration Adversely Affects American Citizens; Zero Visibility: A Blind Man's Quest for the Summit of Everest, a nonfiction account by Pasquale Scaturro, the man who organized and led blind climber Eric Weihenmayer to the top of Mt. Everest; and "When Your Father Left Too Soon," a nonfiction account of young men who have lost their fathers to an early death.

FEDERAL JUDGE WILL SPEAK AT SCHOOL OF LAW DINNER — Arthur Gajarsa will be the keynote speaker at the UD School of Law's Intellectual Property Law Society dinner at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in Keller Hall. Gajarsa, a U.S. federal circuit appeals court judge, began his career as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. He also worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Defense specializing in defense systems analysis and intellectual property rights. The speech is free and open to the public. The cost for anyone who would like to attend the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. and receive continuing legal education credit is $25. Call 937-229-3793 for information and registration.

UD 5K RACE TO BENEFIT THE OTHER PLACE — The Frericks 5K starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, which is during UD's Parents Weekend, in front of UD's Frericks Center. The race, which is run though UD's campus, costs $15 when registering before Oct. 20 and $20 if registering after Oct. 20. Early registrants will receive a race T-shirt. Runners can apply at http://www.keysports.net. It is open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to donate a pair sneakers for The Other Place, a local homeless shelter. Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers in the following divisions: 10 and younger, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 and older. Food and drinks will be provided after the race. For more information, contact Andrew Zeller at 513-379-6737.

UD PRODUCTION WILL EXPLORE "THE TRAGIC GAP" — UD's 2006 fall Opera Workshop will perform "The Tragic Gap" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, in UD's Boll Theatre in the Kennedy Union. It is free and open to the public. The opera is based on a concept from A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life written by Parker J. Palmer. "Our intention is that our production will awaken everyone to the roots of conflict within ourselves that are reflected and projected as conflict in the world — not fighting 'against' war or 'for' peace," said Lee Hoffman, UD Opera Workshop co-director. An excerpt from Palmer's book reads, "To be in the world nonviolently means learning to hold the tension of opposites, trusting that the tension itself will pull our hearts and minds open to a third way of thinking and acting. The insight at the heart of nonviolence is that we live in a tragic gap — a gap between the way things are and the way we know they might be. It is a gap that never has been and never will be closed. If we want to live nonviolent lives, we must learn to stand in the tragic gap, faithfully holding the tension between reality and possibility."

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.