Heynen Delivers Fromkin Lecture; Fromkin Volume Published
Over 230 people attended this year’s Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture, presented by Nik Heynen, on November 3 in the Golda Meir Library’s Conference Center. The title of his talk was “Starving for Revolution: The Milwaukee Black Panther Party’s Struggle to Feed the Hungry.”
Heynen, Assistant Professor in UWM’s Geography Department, is the 2005 recipient of the UWM Libraries’ distinguished Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship and his presentation was the 36th in the Fromkin lecture series.
Prior to the lecture, the Libraries announced the publication of The Quest for Social Justice III: The Morris Fromkin Memorial Lectures 1992-2002. The volume—edited by former Libraries Director Peter Watson-Boone and funded by the Fromkin family’s Strelsin Foundation—gathers together recent presentations by Fromkin Research Grant recipients.
Topics range from the experiences of African American women firefighters to FDR’s nearly forgotten information agency, from the production of a play dramatizing a bitter meat-packers strike to the life of a community recreation pioneer.
Contributors include Abba Eban, and UWM faculty and staff members Diane Amour, Michael A. Gordon, Don Green, Mordecai Lee, Genevieve G. McBride, Markos J. Mamalakis, and Lois M. Quinn.
Other contributors are Detine L. Bowers, Robert Drago, Fred Muscavitch, Jacqueline Schellinger, Fran Coffey Stanat, Rhea Steinpreis, and Janice Yoder
The latest volume in an ongoing series, Quest III contains the text of ten lectures and a DVD with supplementary materials. For information about obtaining a copy, please call (414) 229-6202.
The Libraries are accepting proposals for the 2006 Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship. To celebrate UWM's 50th anniversary in 2006, the Fromkin Research Grant Committee invites scholars to submit proposals that focus on UWM and social justice. However, all proposals that relate to the issue of social justice will be considered.
The grant recipient will deliver the Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture during the Fall 2006 semester. All full-time UWM faculty and academic staff, individually or as a group, are eligible to apply. The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2005.
The recipient of the $5,000 award will be announced at the beginning of the Spring semester. A full description of the Grant and the application process is available at http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/special/fromkin/grant.htm.
From left, Quest contributor Markos Mamalakis; David Fromkin; Peter Watson-Boone; contributors Genevieve McBride, Lois Quinn, Michael Gordon; Chancellor Carlos Santiago; and Libraries Interim Director Ewa Barczyk.
Browsing Collection Latest Addition to Libraries' Welcoming Efforts
The creation of a Browsing Collection is the Libraries' latest accomplishment in response to student needs for friendly and welcoming study areas. Last fall the Libraries opened the Gathering Place in the east wing, boasting an attractive coffee shop, and virtually the entire library was equipped with wireless access to the internet. This summer, new comfortable seating was installed in the west wing lobby, inviting students to reflect, relax, or study in groups. And now library users can browse a selection of new books in an area featuring lounge seating and table lamps.
Located in Current Periodicals, the Browsing Collection is drawn from the Libraries regular acquisitions flow, and includes recently published fiction, biography, and poetry, as well as new books on local history and culture, communities and heritage, hobbies and recreation, and more. Books circulate from the Main Circulation Desk and are integrated into the main collection as newer items arrive.
Book Your Instruction Session Now!
The UWM Libraries' Research and Instructional Support Department (RIS) invites all faculty and UWM instructors to include a course-integrated library instruction session in each of their courses this semester. Members of the RIS team will lead your students through the process of information selection, retrieval, and evaluation using the academic resources at the UWM Libraries.
Students benefit most from their library sessions when coordinated with a research assignment and when that assignment is due in close proximity to a library visit. If you would like assistance developing a library assignment or enhancing existing research activities, please let us know. To request a library session, please contact Molly Mathias at 229-6828.
New Research Tutorial
New this fall is Searchpath, an online tutorial highlighting research resources at the UWM Libraries. Searchpath also provides information literacy tips for using and evaluating information from the public Web. This tutorial complements existing library instruction and can be linked from D2L. Faculty interested in requiring this tutorial for courses should call Sue Coenen at 229-4659 to arrange for a D2L quiz component.
1929 Zionist Congress Sketch Portfolio Given to Libraries
When the World Zionist Congress met in Zurich in 1929, the noted Swiss art dealer Toni Aktuaryus hosted a reception for the delegates at his well-known art gallery. To mark the occasion, Aktuaryus commissioned artist Gregor Rabinovitch to sketch the reception's attendees. These sketches were then lithographed and assembled into a portfolio, of which 125 were printed, and subsequently numbered and signed by the artist.
The portraits include many of the most renowned names in Zionism, including physicist Albert Einstein, Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold, Revisionist Zionism founder Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Rabbi Ben Zion Usiel, who would become the first Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel, and Chaim Weizmann, who would become Israel's first president.
This rare item was given to Special Collections by Aktuaryus's daughter, Fox Point resident Yvonne Aktuaryus Dunkleman. In 1997, Dunkleman gave Special Collections a very rare set of catalogs from her father's gallery entitled Galerie und Sammler covering the years 1932-1946.
Libraries Receive Generous Bequest
The Libraries received a remarkable double bequest last year from Ernest R. Ostrem, a UWM alumnus and Marquette University librarian, who died in September 2004 at the age of 83. Ostrem donated nearly 3000 high-quality hardbound books in a wide range of subjects, as well as a significant monetary gift for the purchase of new books.
"It was an amazing donation," said UWM acquisitions librarian Diane Osborne. "The books were in fine condition and quite varied; most were solid classics in their fields. They reflected a broad and lifelong education."
According to a friend, former UWM librarian Ellen Murphy, the books spanned Ostrem's interests-including art and architecture, literature, anthropology, history, theater, and music-and that many were acquired on his travels in the U.S. and abroad. She said that Ostrem, who earned his master's degree in library science from UWM, wanted to share his books, and recognized the quality of the UWM Libraries' collection.
Upcoming Events at the Libraries
Feb. 3, 2006
UWM's Academic Adventurers Aims McGuiness, Dept. of History, "A Mystery in the Archives: Researching the History of U.S. Imperialism in Panama." 3 p.m. Held in the American Geographical Society Library, 3rd floor, east wing.
April 21, 2006
UWM's Academic Adventurers Jennifer Watson, Dept. of German, "The Changing Face of Berlin." 3 p.m. Held in the American Geographical Society Library, 3rd floor, east wing.
Thank you to the following donors who gave gifts-in-kind---books, maps, videos, and other library material, from March 1, 2004 to August 31, 2005:
UWM School of Education Administrative Leadership
Armenian Student Association
Ken Arnold and Jandy Arnold
Howard C. Austin
Woman's Club of Wisconsin College Endowment Association
Consello da Cultura Galega
Samuel M. Cushinery
Hjalmar De Greiff
UWM Dept. of French, Italian, and Comp. Lit.
UWM Dept. of Sociology
John Dulka and Sonia Dulka Estates
Robert J. Grieshaber
Eugene S. Haugse
Frank L. Hayashi
Japanese Literature Publishing Project
Lawrence and Sherry Kosinski
Library Council of Southeastern Wisconsin
Carolyn Lima and Ed Lima
Ralph H. McClure
Robert Burns Club of Milwaukee
UWM School of Business
Judith M. Wishman
If you wish to donate books or related materials, please contact Janet Padway, Collections Manager, at 414-229-6458. Please note that the Libraries reserve the right to decline donations that do not fall within our collecting scope or that duplicate existing holdings.