2024 Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture

The 55th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture grant recipient is Associate Professor Nan Kim (History). Her topic is “Environmental Crisis and Social Justice in the New Nuclear Age.” Details forthcoming.

2025 Fromkin Research Grant and Lecture

The UWM Libraries invite proposals for the 2025 Fromkin Research Grant and Lecture. The grant encourages and assists UWM scholars in all fields of study to conduct research on individuals, groups, movements, and ideas which have influenced the quest for social justice and human rights in the United States.

Who May Apply: All full-time UWM faculty and academic staff are encouraged to apply, individually or as a group.

Amount: $5,000 award which is intended to cover costs of research such as support for travel, research assistance, or other appropriate expenses. The award may not be used for salary.

Basis of Award: The award is based upon the importance of the topic to the history of the quest for social justice, the strength of the proposal, and the applicant’s qualifications for research on the topic. Applicants are encouraged to use the Fromkin Memorial Collection in some way toward their research.

Requirements: The grant recipient delivers the Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture during the Fall 2025 semester.

Application: The application needs to include the following elements:

  • Applicant’s name.
  • Department.
  • Title of proposed project.
  • A description of the proposed project, indicating the primary and secondary source materials to be used, and location of the sources (please limit to 4 pages).
  • A budget itemizing proposed expenses, such as supplies, travel, or other appropriate expenses.
  • Other financial support received for this project.
  • Other pending applications for financial support for this project.
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae, including a bibliography of all the applicant’s scholarship that is related to the proposed project.

Deadline: Applications must be received by email (libadmin@uwm.edu) by Friday, January 10, 2025.

Following the receipt of all applications, the Fromkin Research Grant Committee will schedule interviews at which individual applicants can make a virtual presentation further describing the project and answer questions from the Committee.

The Fromkin Research Grant Committee notifies applicants of its decision during the early part of the Spring 2025 semester.

Additional Information: Applicants may review winning Fromkin Grant proposals from previous years. For more information, or if you are unsure that your project fits within the parameters of the grant, email libspecial@uwm.edu or call (414) 229-4345.

Click here to view the list of previous lectures in this series.

2023 Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture

The 54th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture “Out of Sight: The Black Middle Class in Milwaukee” was presented by Ermitte Saint Jacques (Assistant Professor, UWM Department of African and African Diaspora Studies) and Robert Smith (Harry G. John Professor, Marquette University Department of History). The lecture was held October 19, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. in the 4th Floor Conference Center at the Golda Meir Library on UWM’s campus and virtually via Zoom.

Recent Fromkin Lectures

The 53rd Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture, “The Comforts of Heritage: Race, Tourism, and Memory in the American South” was presented by Shevaun Watson (Associate Professor, UWM Department of English) on October 27, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. in the 4th Floor Conference Center in the Golda Meir Library and virtually via Zoom.

Click here to view the list of previous lectures in this series.