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Aug. 28, 2013

Contact Rick Kyte at 608-796-3704 or rlkyte@viterbo.edu

SCREENING OF MYSTERIES OF THE DRIFTLESS ZONE DOCUMENTARY AT WEBER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS SEPT. 16

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Follow a team of explorers and scientists as they reveal the majesty and allure of the driftless area using a stunning combination of filmmaking and genuine adventure in the documentary Mysteries of the Driftless Zone at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

Viewers will gain a new appreciation for the unique diversity of the zone of land in Western Wisconsin, Eastern Minnesota, Northeastern Iowa, and Northwestern Illinois that escaped glacial scouring. The team kayaks down deeply cut tributary valleys, flies in ultra-light aircraft, and climbs rocky bluffs to reveal the science and threats of rare plants and animals, geological phenomena, and the striking remnants of a Native American pilgrimage.

The team is led by two award-winning filmmaking scientists, biologist Rob Nelson and geologist Dan Bertalan. They are joined by authors Robert Boszhardt and James Theler, Ph.D., geography professor Jim Knox, and ecologists Darcy Kind, Armund Bartz, Tim Yager, and Abbie Church.

Mysteries of the Driftless Zone was created by Untamed Science, a passionate group of scientists, educators, and filmmakers who believe that learning about science should be fun and easy.

The screening will be followed by discussion with several of the filmmakers and scientists involved in the project. It is part of the fall lecture series of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University. It is co-sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. The event is free and open to the public. For a full schedule of D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership events, visit www.viterbo.edu/ethics.

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