Environmental historian to present 'God and Gabe'

By UW-Barron County

Kent Shifferd has been writing about war and peace, religion and the environment since he stopped teaching at Northland College, Ashland, Wis. On October 19, the former history and ethics professor will be at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County for “God and Gabe,” a one-act play he wrote that asks: Why do humans do the things they do, especially when it doesn’t make any sense? In the play, God and the angel Gabriel are sitting in what looks like a traditional English pub, enjoying a pint of God’s favorite ale, and pondering these puzzling creatures. They decide to invite some of some humans “up” for interviews, starting with a nice young lad who holds the key to the triggering mechanism in a nuclear missile silo in North Dakota.

“God and Gabe” will be presented as part of UW-Barron County’s Thursdays at the U Lecture and Performance Series, noon to 1 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234). The roles in the play will be read by UW-Barron County students.

Shifferd’s first book, From War To Peace, is used in college classes throughout the U.S., and his second book, A Global Security System, which he co-authored, is being distributed world-wide by the international organization, World Beyond War. The Washburn County resident also publishes a monthly e-newsletter and contributes articles syndicated nationally by Peace Voice. His play on World War I, "Til All Need For Witness Cease," was staged last fall at the Erika Quam Memorial Theater in Shell Lake. He currently is finishing a new book, "The Planetary Emergency."

The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call the campus at 715-234-8176.


Brian Becker