UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Wyman Series at UW-River Falls Presents Zach Wahls

Sept. 14, 2012--A speech by Zach Wahls, "What Makes a Family," is the first Wyman Series event at UW-River Falls on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center. The event is free and open to the public. 

"What makes a family?" Wahls tried to answer that very question when he testified before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in January 2011. The son of two lesbian mothers, the 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student had no idea that his heartfelt testimony would spread like viral wildfire. 

Now the author of a book, "My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family," Wahls shares a story that has never before been told, and offers a fresh, bold perspective on a recently rekindled and contentious issue:  gay marriage. Like any family's story, Wahls is one of highs and lows, laughs and tribulations. Regardless of beliefs on marriage equality in our country, this lecture will offer a unique, personal perspective.  

"My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family" will be available for purchase in the Falcon Shop of the University Center as well as at the event. 

Visit Zach Wahls' website at http://www.zachwahls.com/?page_id=273 

Other Wyman Series events include:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building, Mu Performing Arts Presents: Mu Daiko (Japanese drumming);
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., Riverview Ballroom in the University Center, Carnaval Brasileiro! (Brazilian Carnival);
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., Riverview Ballroom in the University Center, "How Do We Define American?" by Jose Vargas;
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building, Earth Week Speaker:  Julia Butterfly Hill. 

For more information on these events or accommodations, call 715-425-4444 or visit http://www.uwrf.edu/StudentLife/ActivitiesAndEvents/WymanSeries.cfm.

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