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University to host four Issues of Humanity events

February 29, 2012

Four events at University of Wisconsin-Stout will be part of the sixth annual Issues of Humanity scheduled Saturday, March 3, through Tuesday, March 6, in Menomonie.

The theme of this year’s event is Focus on Poverty. It will include a fundraiser, poverty simulation, two films and an Oxfam America event.

• On Saturday the annual Empty Bowls event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Menomonie Middle School, 920 21st St., and is co-sponsored by Menomonie Area Bread for the World. The cost is $17 for a soup and bread lunch with a bowl or $7 for the lunch without a bowl.

In addition to the bowls handcrafted by local artists, including UW-Stout students, there will be entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds go to the Menomonie-based Stepping Stones food pantry. UW-Stout students are helping coordinate the event.

• On Sunday, a poverty simulation will be held from 4-6:15 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center. Participants will learn firsthand what it takes to negotiate life without ready resources. To register for the poverty simulation, go to https://orgsync.com/15455/forms/show/45753. The simulation, co-sponsored by UW-Extension, is free and open to the public.

• After the simulation, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the documentary “Waging a Living” will be shown in the Great Hall. The film demonstrates the steps people take to get by on a wage that does not rise above the poverty standard.

• At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the documentary “The 51st State: America’s Working Poor” will be shown in the Great Hall. The documentary explains how standards of living are often measured and how welfare-to-work programs have, at times, led to more poverty.

The films, co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and Latinos Unidos, are free and open to the public. Student-led discussion will follow. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for donation to Stepping Stones.

• Issues of Humanity events wrap up Tuesday. From 2:30-4 p.m. the Oxfam Hunger Banquet will be held in room 184 of Micheels Hall at UW-Stout. Tickets are $5. Proceeds will go to the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association to help replenish its rice pantry.

The banquet will highlight poverty, hunger and social injustice in more than 90 countries. Attendees will receive a random low-, middle- or high-income card. This will determine whether they sit on the floor, on a chair or at a table and which kind of meal they will receive. Just 10 percent of attendees will be high-income, representative of society as a whole.

A total of 45 students from the International Convention and Meeting Planning class, part of the School of Hospitality Leadership, and Ally Initiatives are hosting the event.

For more information, contact Mary McManus, assistant director of the Memorial Student Center, at 715-232-2503, mcmanusm@uwstout.edu.

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