The Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced the Spring 2012 lineup for its long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series, which kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 15 with a documentary and discussion featuring Freedom Rider Hank Thomas.
Thomas was just 19 years old when he joined the 1961 Freedom Riders movement, which challenged segregation by sending integrated busloads of African-Americans and Caucasians into the Deep South to protest discriminatory Jim Crow laws. He was among those arrested multiple times in acts of protest and civil disobedience.
The Feb. 15 Historical Perspectives event will begin with the showing of a major documentary on the Freedom Riders movement, which will be followed by an address from Thomas. The event begins at 5 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union.
Other Spring 2012 Historical Perspectives Lecture Series events are as follows:
• Monday, March 5: Georgetown University Prof. Joseph McCartin will speak on his new book, Collision Course: Ronald Regan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America. The session will be held at 2:15 p.m. in the Christie Theatre of the University Union on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
• Monday, March 26: George Washington University Prof. Allida Black, author of Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism, will speak on “Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights.” The event begins at 2:15 p.m. in the Christie Theatre of the University Union.
The Historical Perspectives Lecture Series, first organized in 1985, is the foremost activity of the Center for History and Social Change at UW-Green Bay. The annual series of talks by a wide variety of historians and social scientists is made possible thanks to funds from the University, the Democracy and Justice Studies Student Organization, the UW-Green Bay University League and the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. Supporters hope to create an endowment for continued support of the lecture series.
The Center for History and Social Change promotes historical thought, study and discourse at UW-Green Bay and in the larger community through lectures, seminars and other campus events. It is associated most directly with the University’s academic program in Democracy and Justice Studies, and pursues its activities in relation to that program’s goals. It also works closely with other academic programs to reinforce and support UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary mission. Information about the center and the series, including past lectures, can be found at www.uwgb.edu/centerhsc/.