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Celebrating 50 Years of the Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture: Exhibit
November 8, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - December 31, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
In celebration of the 50th presentation of the Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture, the UWM Libraries have created a digital collection as well as an exhibit in the Golda Meir Library’s Fourth Floor Gallery, that documents the history of the series with photographs and posters.
Sponsored by the Libraries, the Fromkin Lecture showcases work on social justice and human rights in the United States and abroad, and is the longest-running lecture series on campus.
US Congresswoman Gwen Moore will present the 50th Fromkin Lecture on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the fourth floor Conference Center of the Golda Meir Library. The title of her talk is “No Justice: Public Policies that Create a Low-Wage Workforce and Demonize the Poor.”
About Morris Fromkin and the Fromkin Lecture
Morris Fromkin, who practiced law first in Milwaukee and later New York, was a lifelong friend and supporter of people and movements seeking social justice in the twentieth century. After his death in 1969, his family established the Morris Fromkin Memorial Collection, as well as a Research Grant and Lectureship, which was inaugurated in 1970.
The grant, funded by the UWM Libraries, has encouraged and assisted UWM faculty and staff members from a variety of disciplines in their research on individuals, groups, movements, and ideas which have influenced the quest for social justice and human rights.
Occasionally, important contributors to the cause of social justice from outside the university are invited to speak.
Over the series’ five decades, topics have ranged widely, from the forging of identity in Milwaukee’s Latino immigrant community, to the intellectual origins of the “Wisconsin Idea,” to YouTube-based Afro-Brazilian social justice activism.
The Fromkin Grant is the only UWM Libraries-funded grant that supports original research and scholarship by UWM faculty and staff. Those who have won the grant have come from history, art and design, economics, geography, Africology, communication, archtitecture, criminal justice, and many other departments and units at UWM.