Campus Events

Daring Democracy with Speaker Frances Moore Lappé

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 19 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment. Her most recent book is Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, coauthored with Adam Eichen. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Oakland-based think tank Food First and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide.​

Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Sponsored by: La Crosse United to Amend, Wisconsin United to Amend, La Crosse Area League of Women Voters, Driftless Area Voters Coalition, Organizing For Action, Peoples Food Coop.

 

Holocaust Survivor Estelle Laughlin

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Free presentation
 

Estelle Laughlin was born in Warsaw, Poland, on July 9, 1929 to Michla and Samek Wakszlak. Estelle also had an older sister, Freda, who was born in January 1928. Michla tended to the home and children while Samek ran a jewelry shop. Estelle and Freda attended the local public school.

Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. The siege on Warsaw began a week after German forces invaded Poland. On Sept. 29, shortly after Poland’s surrender, German forces entered Warsaw. Estelle and Freda were no longer able to attend the local public school. In October 1940 German forces decreed the establishment of a ghetto. The Wakszlak family and more than 400,000 Jews from the city and surrounding areas were forced to live in a 1.3 square mile area and to wear a white armband with a blue Star of David. The food allotments rationed to the ghetto by the German authorities were not sufficient to sustain life; however, Samek was able to get extra food for his family from the black market. From July to September 1942, 300,000 ghetto residents were deported to Treblinka II, an extermination camp. During this time Estelle and her family hid in a secret room to escape the deportations.

In April 1943, German forces made one last push to liquidate the remaining 55,000-60,000 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto to work or death camps. Samek, who helped to organize the resistance movement, built a bunker in which he and his family could hide during the Warsaw ghetto uprising. As SS and police units began roundups they were met with artillery fire from resistance fighters. In retaliation, the SS began razing the ghetto, block by block. The bunker where Estelle and her family were hiding, which was in the basement of a house, was exposed by a bomb. Everyone was dragged out onto the street. The Wakszlak family was marched to the umschlagplatz (concentration point), forced to board freight train cars, and transported to Lublin/Majdanek.

Upon arrival at Majdanek the women and men were separated. Estelle, Michla, and Freda were chosen for forced labor but Samek was sent to the gas chamber. The women moved turf from one place outside the camp to another. At one point Freda was badly beaten by a German guard and could not work. She hid in the barracks, but was discovered. Her name was put on what she thought was a gas chamber list. Estelle and Michla switched places with two women who were on the same list, thus believing that the remaining Wakszlak family members could die together. Michla, Estelle, and Freda were, instead, sent to the Skarzysko concentration camp to work in a munitions factory. Later, they were sent to the Czestochowa concentration camp to work in a different munitions factory.

Soviet forces liberated Czestochowa in January 1945. To escape pogroms in Poland the three women moved to Bavaria in August 1945 and lived there until 1947, when they moved to the U.S. to join Michla’s two sisters and brother in New York City. Estelle is a volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

   DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

 

 

Keynote Speaker Daniel Goleman, Psychologist and Author of "Emotional Intelligence"

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus. He is the keynote speaker for the Annual Ethics Conference, which this year is focused on Contemplation. Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. For questions contact Nicole Van Ert at 608-796-3616 or at nmvanert@viterbo.edu. This event is free and open to the public. No reservation necessary.

Courtney Goto, Keynote Address for the Humanities Symposium 2018

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

Courtney Goto, Ph.D., is an associate professor of religious education at the Boston University School of Theology and a co-director of the Center for Practical Theology.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Marilyn Bratt, Ph.D., RN, HRSA Grant Nursing Diversity Speaker

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Nursing Commitment Ceremony

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

The Postville Immigration Raid: Lessons Learned for the 21st Century Presented by Erik Camayd-Freixas

Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

Free and open to the public. Reservations not required. Erik Camayd-Freixas, Ph.D., is professor of Hispanic studies at Florida International University (FIU). A Harvard-trained communications analyst, social theorist, and expert linguist at federal and state courts, Camayd-Freixas made international headlines with his essay, “Interpreting after the Largest ICE Raid in U.S. History: A Personal Account,” and with his book, U.S. Immigration Reform and Its Global Impact, where he denounces the criminalization of workers and the socioeconomic devastation of immigration enforcement in Postville, Iowa, and beyond. He has testified before Congress, contributed as amicus curiae to the U.S. Supreme Court, and received human rights awards from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Americans for Immigrant Justice, the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Estelle Laughlin, Holocaust Survivor and Keynote Speaker, Teaching the Holocaust

Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

Estelle Laughlin was born in Warsaw, Poland, on July 9, 1929 to Michla and Samek Wakszlak. Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. The siege on Warsaw began a week after German forces invaded Poland. The Wakszlak family and more than 400,000 Jews from the city and surrounding areas were forced to live in a 1.3 square mile area and to wear a white armband with a blue Star of David. From July-September 1942, 300,000 ghetto residents were deported to Treblinka II, an extermination camp. During this time Estelle and her family hid in a secret room to escape the deportations. Later, she was sent to the Czestochowa concentration camp to work in a munitions factory. She moved to Bavaria in August 1945 and lived there until 1947, when she moved to the U.S. to join Michla’s two sisters and brother in New York City. Estelle is a volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Viterbo Concert Choir Short Performance Prior to Holocaust Speaker Eva Schloss

Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

School of Nursing White Coat Ceremony

Wednesday, Sep. 6, 2017

University Forum

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Steven Rinella - The Ethics of Hunting

Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Free presentation. No reservations required.
 

Steven Rinella is an outdoorsman, award-winning author, and host of the hit TV show MeatEater, as well as the top-rated MeatEater podcast. Rinella has spoken to a wide range of audiences about his life as a modern-day hunter-gatherer. With humor and irreverence, he discusses the hunting lifestyle, wild game, the ethics of hunting, and the spiritual need for wilderness.

   DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

 

 

Viterbo University presents Platinum Edition: Celebration 2018

Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Main Floor $20 • Lower Balcony $17 • Upper Balcony $14

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Platinum Edition’s annual variety show has something for everyone, from Broadway to pop to rock and more! Join Viterbo’s own show choir and their special guests as they celebrate 2018 with this musical extravaganza.

Photo by Theresa M. Smerud, Visual Consultant and Arts Photographer

University Forum

Monday, Jul. 3, 2017

"Writing in Stone" Presented by Terese Agnew, Ethics Lecture Series

Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2017

For more information contact Nicole Van Ert, ethics institute, at nmvanert@viterbo.edu or 608-796-3616.

Master of Arts in Education Commencement

Thursday, May. 11, 2017

Jim Witter's Piano Men: A Musical Journey through the Seventies

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Saturday, April 14
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Main Floor $39 • Lower Balcony $35 • Upper Balcony $29

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Relive the performance that started it all as Jim Witter returns with his original Piano Men show – the first Jim Witter show presented at Viterbo University nine years ago. More than just excellent music from Billy Joel and Elton John, Piano Men is a journey down memory lane. From The Brady Bunch to Big Wheels, Jim Witter’s memorable stories and multi-media presentation bring the past to life.

For more information, please visit Jim Witter's website.

 

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Dallas Children's Theater presents How I Became a Pirate

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Sunday, March 25
3 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Adult $15/$13/$11 • Child $13/$11/$9

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Book, Music, and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
Based on the book by Melinda Long, Illustrations by David Shannon

AARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard's band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can't find on any map. Based on the popular book, it's a joyful family musical that is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles.

For more information about Dallas Children's Theater, visit their website

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Reduced Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Thursday, April 12
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Main Floor $35 • Lower Balcony $31 • Upper Balcony $25

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Hang on to your codpieces! While performing in England last summer, the Reduced Shakespeare Company uncovered a manuscript that turned out to be the literary Holy Grail: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play! In this “tale told by idiots,” the Reduced Shakespeare Company weaves all of The Bard's famous characters, greatest lines, and magnificent speeches into a brand new Shakespearean smorgasbord. It is a comic misadventure that will feel strangely familiar yet excitingly new.

Note: In the spirit of Shakespeare himself, RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo. All children (and parents) are different, so we've chosen to rate our shows PG-13: Pretty Good If You're Thirteen.

For more information, please visit Reduced Shakespeare Company's website.

 

             SPONSORED BY                            MEDIA SPONSOR
             

 

Puppet Up! Uncensored

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Wednesday, Feb. 28
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Our apologies, but this performance has been cancelled. If you purchased tickets but have not yet been contacted by the Box Office, please call 608-796-3100 regarding a refund.

Puppet Up! Uncensored is an outrageous and very spontaneous show, featuring over 80 original Henson puppets - a motley group of characters brought to life by a cast of six world-class puppeteers of The Jim Henson Company in a night of off-the-cuff comedy. Each performance is a unique experience due to its improvisational nature, showcasing the wit, technique, and that trademark Henson dryness and sly anarchy.

“It is nearly impossible to spend the show’s two hours doing anything but laugh. Grade A.”  - Entertainment Weekly

Note: Language and themes appropriate for mature audiences.

For more information, please visit The Jim Henson Company's website.

    HOTEL SPONSOR               MEDIA SPONSOR
    

 

Bryan Anthony - Celebrating Sinatra: His Life in Music

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Friday, April 20
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Main Floor $35 • Lower Balcony $31 • Upper Balcony $25

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Bryan Anthony keeps the legacy of the Great Gentlemen of Song, especially Sinatra, alive and well in his immensely satisfying and sweetly nostalgic performances. A veteran vocalist of ensembles like the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Nelson Riddle Orchestras, Anthony provides a look back at the rich musical life of the great Frank Sinatra from his early career days with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, the Capital Record years, and 'Swingin' Sinatra.

For more information, please visit Bryan Anthony's website.

   MEDIA SPONSOR                  MEDIA SPONSOR
          

 

      There will be an Arts in Context discussion with Bryan Anthony at 6:30 pm in the Fine Arts Center Dance Studio.

 

 

 

Rhythm of the Dance - The National Dance Company of Ireland

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Thursday, March 8
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Main Floor $35 • Lower Balcony $31 • Upper Balcony $25

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This dance and music extravaganza is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up-to-date stage technology, the show is a thousand year-old story executed with the excitement of a modern day stage show. Featuring a live band, three tenors, and 22 dancers, Rhythm of the Dance preserves the traditions of Irish step dancing while presenting it in a fresh and entertaining modern format.

For more information, please visit their website.

 

  MEDIA SPONSOR                         MEDIA SPONSOR
          

 

      An Arts in Context discussion with members of the company will be held at 6:30 pm in the Fine Arts Center Dance Studio.

 

 

 

Jersey Boys

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017

Wednesday, February 21
Thursday, February 22
7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Main Floor $58 • Lower Balcony $52 • Upper Balcony $47

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"Too good to be true!" raves the New York Post for Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award®-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. Jersey Boys features their hit songs Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Rag Doll, Oh What a Night, and Can't Take My Eyes Off You.

Jersey Boys contains authentic "profane Jersey language" and is recommended for ages 12 and up. 

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Inauguration Installation Ceremony of President Glena Temple

Friday, Mar. 3, 2017

The Viterbo community is invited to attend. Afternoon classes are cancelled beginning at 12:20 p.m. Following the installation ceremony will be a reception in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. Faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to join the processional in academic regalia.

Practical Matters, Talking About Death, Humanities Symposium 2017

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

This Main Session includes discussions from a medical examiner, social worker, hospice/palliative care worker, funeral director, interpreter, and an advanced directive consultant. Talking About Death is the theme of the Humanities Symposium 2017. Everyone is invited to attend.

Conversation Around Dying and Loss, Humanities Symposium 2017

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Talking About Death is the theme of the Humanities Symposium 2017. Everyone is invited to attend.

BSN Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Nursing Committment Ceremony

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Ethics Lecture Series Presentation by Kay Redfield Jamison

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

Kay Redfield Jamison is a scholar, mental health advocate known for her work on mood disorders, a psychiatry professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the author of An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. This lecture is part of the Ethics and Mental Health Conference. It is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.