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Congresswoman Gwen Moore to Deliver 50th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture

November 9, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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Congresswoman Gwen Moore

U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore will deliver the 50th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the fourth floor Conference Center of the UWM Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee.

The title of her talk is “No Justice: Public Policies that Create a Low-Wage Workforce and Demonize the Poor.”

Joan Prince, UWM Vice Chancellor of Global Inclusion & Engagement, will introduce Congresswoman Moore.

The Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture showcases work on social justice and human rights in the United States. It is the longest running lecture series on campus.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information or special needs, call 414-229-6202.

About Congresswoman Gwen Moore

Throughout her almost 30 years of public service, Congresswoman Gwen Moore has been at the forefront of some of our nation’s most significant legislative achievements and has gained the reputation of a fearless advocate for women and children.

Born in Racine, Wisconsin in 1951, Congresswoman Gwen Moore was raised as the eighth of nine children in Milwaukee. Her father was a union factory worker and her mother was a public school teacher. After graduating high school, Moore attended Marquette University and earned a B.A. in Political Science as a single, expectant mother on welfare. After finishing Marquette, she received the national “VISTA Volunteer of the Decade” award for serving as an exceptional community leader and spearheading the startup of a local credit union.

Inspired by her love of community activism, Congresswoman Moore successfully ran to represent Milwaukee in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1989 to 1992 and in the State Senate from 1993 to 2004. She was elected to represent Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District in 2004, making her the first African American elected to Congress from the State of Wisconsin.

She is a member of the esteemed House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Social Security system, Medicare, the Foster Care System, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Unemployment Insurance, and all taxation, tariffs, and revenue-raising measures. She serves on the Oversight, Select Revenue Measures, and Worker and Family Support Subcommittees.

The congresswoman is also an active member on the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, LGBT Equality Caucus, the Great Lakes Caucus, the Helsinki Commission, and the Democratic Women’s Working Group.

Congresswoman Moore has been a consistent leader on issues like health care reform, women’s health, maternal and infant mortality, and domestic violence. She was a leading voice in reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and has authored critical legislation like the “Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2017.”

Congresswoman Moore lives in Milwaukee.


November 9, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Golda Meir Library, Conference Center, fourth floor
2311 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, 53211
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