UWM Interim Director of Libraries Ewa Barczyk and the members of the Fromkin Research Grant Committee are pleased to announce that Nik Heynen, assistant professor in the Geography Department, is the recipient of the 2005 Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship.
Heynen's topic is the Milwaukee Black Panther Party's role in the city's history, and particularly their efforts to feed the hungry in Milwaukee's inner-city. The Party's actions, according to Heynen, were the impetus behind the eventual creation of the Hunger Task Force, "Wisconsin's most important food bank and institutional advocate for hunger relief."
The lecture, to be delivered at the Golda Meir Library in the fall, will be the 36th in the Fromkin lecture series. For more information about the Fromkin Research Grant, please visit the Archives Web site at http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/special/fromkin/grant.htm.
"A Hard Road to Travel: Maps and Mapping of the American Civil War" is the title of this year's Holzheimer Maps and America Lecture, to be held on Wednesday, April 27 in the American Geographical Society Library (AGSL).
This presentation, commemorating the 140th anniversary of the end of the Civil War (on the 183rd birthday of General Ulysses S. Grant), will be given by Earl B. McElfresh, a cartographer and Civil War author and map historian from Olean, NY. McElfresh is the author of Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War (Abrams, 1999), as well as a number of maps of Civil War battlefields. In addition to the lecture, the AGS Library will feature an exhibit of maps of, from, and relating to, the Civil War.
The Library will also take the opportunity to rededicate its copy of "The President's Globe," a 50-inch globe, on permanent loan from Memorial Library, UW-Madison. The first copies of this globe were produced in 1942 for President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to aid in their coordination of the war effort.
The AGSL globe, one of only 19 produced, is being restored with a grant from Arthur and Jan Holzheimer, the sponsors of the Maps and America lecture series. The globe's map was created by the Office of Strategic Services under the direction of Arthur Robinson, who later became a well-known professor of geography and cartography at UW-Madison. Robinson passed away in October 2004 at the age of 89.
AGSL is located on the 3rd floor, east wing of the Golda Meir Library. The lecture is at 6 p.m., with a reception beginning at 5 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.
The Libraries support UWM's growing distance learning programs in a variety of ways. Distance learners may contact the Libraries staff in one of several ways: calling a toll-free number, entering a chat room, or emailing questions to AskALibrarian.
Remote access to hundreds of online journals, indexes and databases, including full-text databases, is available from the Libraries' home page (www.uwm.edu/Libraries). Distance learning students and faculty may place requests for materials from the UWM Libraries, as well requests for items not owned by UWM through ILLiad. Articles, requested via an Illiad account, are delivered electronically, usually within 48 hours. Books from the UWM Libraries' collection, are usually sent to a home or office via 2-day Federal Express.
Librarians are also happy to assist faculty with any instruction needs, such as providing instruction in resource use to a class, or participating in a class chat session to help answer questions and guide students' research processes. Additional information about library services and contacts for distance learners is available at www.uwm.edu/Libraries/disted.
The American Geographical Society Library recently hosted Stephanie Hom Cary, its first Best Fellowship recipient of 2005. Hom Cary is a Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at University of California, Berkeley. During her two-week stay in January, she used AGSL materials to research her dissertation topic-how the concepts of tourism and the Mediterranean as a place have affected the idea of Italy as a community.
Library staff to be honored at this year's Length of Service awards ceremony, which will be held on April 20 in the Helen Bader Concert Hall at the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, are:
Honor a friend, colleague or family member on a special occasion, such as a graduation, anniversary, retirement or birthday and at the same time enrich the Libraries' collections with valuable new books! For each contribution of $50, the Friends of the Golda Meir Library will provide a commemorative bookplate. Your honoree's name, along with your personalized Inside Inscription, will be placed inside a new book in an academic area of your choice. The recipient receives a card announcing your gift to the Libraries. For more information, please call Susan Modder, Development Director, at 414-229-2811.