Witch-Hunt Narrative’ author to discuss media and courts
in early child sexual abuse cases at fall conference

Prof Ross Chiet of Brown University is a conference keynote

Prof. Ross Chiet of Brown Uni­ver­sity, a con­fer­ence keynote, will dis­cuss his research on sev­eral child sex­ual abuse cases.

A noted Brown Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor and author of a recent book is the keynote at Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin-Madison’s 30th Annual Con­fer­ence on Child Sex­ual Abuse that will be attended by more than 600 men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als from around the Midwest.

The UW Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies con­fer­ence meets Oct. 27–29 at Madi­son Mar­riott West in Mid­dle­ton, and offers pre­sen­ta­tions by lead­ing pro­fes­sional experts and dis­cus­sions of research-based assess­ment and treat­ment strategies.

A main con­fer­ence pre­sen­ter is Prof. Ross Cheit, Brown Uni­ver­sity, whose recent book chal­lenges the view that high-profile child sex­ual abuse cases in the 1980s and 90s were hoaxes. His book, The Witch-Hunt Nar­ra­tive: Pol­i­tics, Psy­chol­ogy, and the Sex­ual Abuse of Chil­dren, has been reviewed in many pub­li­ca­tions includ­ing The New York Times.

Cheit wrote the book after 15 years of research which included exam­in­ing court records and media accounts of the child sex­ual abuse cases.

Other keynote pre­sen­ters are Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., an expert in adult attach­ment the­ory and mod­els, trauma res­o­lu­tion, and inte­gra­tive heal­ing tech­niques; and Mare Chap­man, MA, a Madison.specialist in holis­tic psy­chother­apy, guided imagery, and mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion with 27 years of expe­ri­ence using these formats.

The con­fer­ence fea­tures 50 new work­shops and insti­tutes. This year work­shop top­ics include devel­op­men­tally sen­si­tive trauma treat­ment, sex­ual behav­ior prob­lems, early inter­ven­tion with chil­dren and fam­i­lies, the impact of pornog­ra­phy on chil­dren, effec­tive brief trauma ther­apy, empow­er­ing with move­ment and song, deal­ing with grief, eval­u­a­tion of sex offend­ers, and many others.

Con­fer­ence co-director Prof. James Camp­bell, UW-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, says, “Our con­fer­ence is known for its excel­lence in pro­vid­ing cur­rent aca­d­e­mic research as well as focus­ing on treat­ment strate­gies that can be used with clients. We are proud to cel­e­brate our 30th year.”

The con­fer­ence is offered in part­ner­ship with Fam­ily Sex­ual Abuse Treat­ment (FSAT), a pro­gram of the Dane County non­profit agency, Canopy Cen­ter, serv­ing more than 200 a year. A per­cent­age of con­fer­ence fees sup­port FSAT and its ser­vice to fam­i­lies impacted by child sex­ual abuse. Par­tic­i­pants also earn pro­fes­sional up to 19 hours of con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion cred­its for participation.

For more infor­ma­tion about the con­fer­ence visit the web­site. The early reg­is­tra­tion dis­count ends Sept. 26. Online reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able here.



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800+ learn what works, what doesn’t in distance education

photo of computer keyboardThe UW Con­fer­ence on Dis­tance Teach­ing & Learn­ing will meet Aug. 12–14.                                                     Photo by DeClan Jew­ell


Three national experts are keynotes at the 30th Annual Con­fer­ence on Dis­tance Teach­ing & Learn­ing, offered by Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies Aug. 12–14 at the Monona Ter­race Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, to be attended by about 800 edu­ca­tors and train­ers from the U.S. and other countries.

More than 100 ses­sions will be led by lead­ers in the field and real world prac­ti­tion­ers from orga­ni­za­tions and insti­tu­tions includ­ing Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Ann Arbor, The Ohio State Uni­ver­sity, Penn State, Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Amherst, and Uni­ver­sity of Minnesota.

Keynote speaker, Ray Schroeder, asso­ciate vice chan­cel­lor for online learn­ing at Uni­ver­sity of Illinois-Springfield, will dis­cuss how to iden­tify online inno­va­tions and dead-ends as edu­ca­tors plan for the future.

Ray SchroederSchroeder notes, “As some­one who has worked in dis­tance edu­ca­tion for the last 30 years, I can say that more changes have occurred in the last three years than in all the other years.”

Another keynote is Michael Quinn Pat­ton, an inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed author and eval­u­a­tion expert, will describe how eval­u­a­tion can advance inno­va­tion in online learning.


MIchael Quinn PattonJane Bozarth, author and elearn­ing coör­di­na­tor of North Car­olina Office of State Per­son­nel, will explain how to lever­age social media to pro­mote stu­dent engage­ment and learning.

A spe­cial vir­tual ses­sion will fea­ture the provoca­tive and enter­tain­ing futur­ist in learn­ing and tech­nol­ogy, Elliott Masie, speak­ing about “eLearn­ing mov­ing past and for­ward.” Masie heads The MASIE Cen­ter, a New York think tank focused on how work­force edu­ca­tion within organizations.

More than 140 work­shops, pre­sen­ta­tions, and dis­cus­sions are sched­uled on top­ics such as mobile learn­ing, competency-based learn­ing, edu­ca­tional games, edu­ca­tional neu­ro­science, dis­tance course design, gen­er­a­tional learn­ing styles, and others.

For more details and online reg­is­tra­tion see here .



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Hear Italian ‘Greatest Hits’ for 1200–1600
at Madison Early Music Festival in July

Madi­son Early Music Fes­ti­val presents Italia Mia!–a musi­cal jour­ney to Italy, cov­er­ing the years 1300 to 1600—during the week of July 12–19, with pub­lic con­certs and lec­tures on the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison cam­pus or at nearby venues.

Dancers at the Early Music Festival

The com­mu­nity is invited to attend the festival’s seven con­certs by pur­chas­ing a con­cert pass.

The Early Music Fes­ti­val is a UW-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies pro­gram, pre­sented in part­ner­ship with UW-Madison’s School of Music.  The festival’s pro­gram direc­tor is Prof. Chelcy Bowles, Con­tin­u­ing Studies.

The pub­lic seven-concert series fea­tures sacred and sec­u­lar music per­formed by four guest ensembles:

The Toronto Con­sort, Sat­ur­day, July 12, Luther Memo­r­ial Church; LIBER, Sun­day, July 13, Luther Memo­r­ial Church; Ex Umbris, Tues­day, July 15, Music Hall, and Tre­foil, Fri­day, July 18, Music Hall.

The series also includes:

  • the sec­ond annual Han­del Aria Com­pe­ti­tion, Thurs­day, July 17 in Music Hall;
  • a MEMF Par­tic­i­pant Con­cert, Fri­day, July 18, Mor­phy Recital Hall, Human­i­ties Building,
  • and the final All-Festival Con­cert, Sat­ur­day, July 19, Luther Memo­r­ial Church.

Luther Memo­r­ial Church is located at 1021 Uni­ver­sity Ave. Music Hall is on lower Bas­com Hill at 455 N. Park St. Mosse Human­i­ties Build­ing is at 455 N. Park St. or at the cor­ner of Park Street and Uni­ver­sity Avenue.

The free MEMF Par­tic­i­pant Con­cert begins at 1 p.m. Other con­certs start at 7:30 p.m., with pre-concert lec­tures at 6:30 p.m. Con­cert tick­ets are sold at the door or in advance (508–265-2787): $20 for indi­vid­ual con­certs or $75 for a pass for all con­certs, except the Han­del Aria Com­pe­ti­tion ($10/door). Credit cards can­not be accepted, but cash and checks are welcome.

Other events include: a per­for­mance by Pif­faro, The Renais­sance Band, at an Arts Coun­cil of Edger­ton Ben­e­fit Con­cert on Fri­day, July 11, 7:30 p.m. at Wart­mann Prairie, 7356 Cale­do­nia Rd., Edger­ton (tick­ets are $10.) and a Renais­sance dance party with instruc­tion, live music, and refresh­ments on Mon­day, July 14, at Memo­r­ial Union at 7 p.m. ($10 cash/door).

For more infor­ma­tion about the ensem­bles, the music, the lec­tures, and other spe­cial events, visit the fes­ti­val web­site.

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School of the Arts at Rhinelander begins its second half-century

Renowned pro­gram re-imagined for today’s aspir­ing artists and dreamers

Pas­tels are back for 2014!

Photo by Diana Randolph

Every sum­mer for the past 51 years, more than 250 peo­ple have gath­ered in the beau­ti­ful Wis­con­sin North­woods for a week of study, per­for­mance, exhibits, and other cre­ative activ­i­ties at the School of the Arts at Rhinelander (SOA).

A pro­gram by Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies, SOA offers a vari­ety of work­shops in visual arts, culi­nary arts and nutri­tion, writ­ing, mind/body/spirit, and per­form­ing arts. This year’s SOA will meet July 19–23 and promises to start the program’s next half-century in style.

What began as a several-weeks-long retreat for writ­ers and would-be writ­ers in 1964 has become a multi-disciplinary cre­ative get­away, with more than 50 classes rang­ing from one-day to five-days in length.

Of the 55 classes offered this year, 32 are new,” says Direc­tor Lynn Tarnoff. “We are pleased to add such diverse dis­ci­plines as Fan­tas­tic Color for Painters and Regional Ital­ian Cook­ing, along with return­ing favorites like Native Flute and Five Days, Ten Poems.”

Playing in the Dirt

… and so is Play­ing in the Dirt.

Photo by Tor­rey Youngstrum

Other new ses­sions include:

  • Get­ting the Most out of Your Dig­i­tal SLR
  • Art as Story: 2D and 3D Assemblage
  • Stop the Noise! Tools for Qui­et­ing Mind Chatter
  • Hand Painted Cookies
  • Writ­ing Mini-Memoirs
  • Writ­ing a 10-minute Play

In addi­tion to new offer­ings, SOA 2014 will con­tinue the prac­tice of offer­ing one, two, three and five-day work­shops. “We adopted this option in 2013 as a con­ve­nience to our atten­dees,” Tarnoff said. “And the post-SOA feed­back showed that offer­ing the options was over­whelm­ingly pop­u­lar. This makes it pos­si­ble for learn­ers to attend a spe­cific work­shop with­out com­mit­ting to an entire week, and it can help lower or elim­i­nate the added cost of lodging.”

Reg­is­tra­tion for this year’s School of the Arts at Rhinelander is now open! More infor­ma­tion, includ­ing online reg­is­tra­tion, is avail­able at www​.soaw​is​con​sin​.org.


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