“In a New Light” to be Discussed on Spectrum West

April 10, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Al Ross
715-839-3868

“In a New Light” to be Discussed on Spectrum West

“In a New Light,” a program encouraging photographic self-expression, will be featured on Spectrum West this Friday, April 12 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls. Other topics include the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s annual “Fashion without Fabric” event, the book “Powerful Ideas in Teaching: Creating Environments in which Students want to Learn,” and the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild’s production of “Urinetown.”

Host Al Ross welcomes Ben Thwaits, the Expressive Arts Coordinator for Northwest Passage, a residential mental health treatment center in Frederic. Thwaits will discuss the program, “In a New Light,” which he spearheaded to empower troubled teenagers. The program encourages teenagers to engage in photographic journeys of self-expression.

Katie Thoma, a senior at the UW-Stout, will join the show. Thoma is the director of the annual “Fashion without Fabric” fashion show. The presentation will showcase fashions designed by students from the University and made from a variety of non-traditional materials such as garbage bags, cardboard and vinyl records. The show will take place at 8 p.m. on April 13 in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.

Dr. Mickey Kolis, associate professor of education studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will discuss his latest book, “Powerful Ideas in Teaching: Creating Environments in Which Students Want to Learn” co-authored with Emily Bright Krusack. The book is meant to serve as a classroom guidebook featuring ideas and advice from teachers.

Special correspondent Jim Oliver will join the show with his segment, “What’s On-Stage in Western Wisconsin.” Oliver also welcomes Keith Lorasch, the director of the Chippewa Valley Theater Guild’s production of “Urinetown.” The musical opens on April 18 at the State Theatre in Eau Claire.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in Western Wisconsin.  The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more.  It is heard weekly on Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls.

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