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Aurora Family Service Hosts Second Community Forum On Race Relations Oct. 7

Friday, September 19, 2008

University of Wisconsin professor, author will be speaker

MILWAUKEE, WI – Gloria Ladson-Billings, author of the book Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children will be the speaker at the second Race, Families and Milwaukee summit Tuesday, Oct. 7, hosted by Aurora Family Service.

Gloria Ladson-BillingsLadson-Billings holds the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received her PhD in curriculum and teacher education from Stanford University. She was the recipient of the George and Louise Spindler Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education in November 2004.

“I am looking forward to being part of the continued discussion about race and families at the Milwaukee summit,” Ladson-Billings said. “I applaud Aurora Family Service for bringing the community together to examine such critical issues.”

Jane Pirsig, executive director of Aurora Family Service, said: “We chose Gloria as our speaker because her focus on urban education will connect strongly with the summit's focus on families as educators on race and racism. We believe her address will help our community move forward with much-needed reflection and discussion.”

The public is invited to attend the event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago St. Cost is $35 per person, $15 for students with school ID. Scholarships to the event are available upon request. Proceeds will benefit the Aurora Family Service Fund for Advocacy.

Dave Edwards, director and general manager of WUWM-FM Milwaukee Public Radio, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

About Aurora Family Service
Since its inception in 1882, Aurora Family Service has responded to changing needs of families caused by immigration, the Depression, two World Wars, social upheaval of the 1960’s and the loss of manufacturing jobs. Serving southeast Wisconsin, it provides services ranging from in-office psychotherapy to intensive home-based mental health services, comprehensive services for the elderly and their families, parenting education and support, and financial counseling.

“Because we are such an integral part of the community, bringing people together to discuss critically important issues like race is a natural part of our work,” Pirsig said.

To attend, please register at or call 414-342-4560.

WUWM is the media partner for the event. The summit is sponsored by Aurora Health Care, The Business Journal, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, Time Warner Cable Business Class and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation.

Aurora Family Service is part of Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.


Contact: Sue Pierman (414-647-6432)

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