Cedar Crest Lecture Series

It is important that we act thoughtfully and responsibly during this time, which is why all UW-W sponsored events are canceled beginning Saturday, March 14, through at least Friday, April 17. Unfortunately, this does include Spring Cedar Crest Lecture Series. Information regarding potential rescheduling will be forthcoming at first opportunity. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we navigate this situation.

In 1941, Timepublisher Henry Luce called on the United States and its citizens to create the “first Great American Century.”  The U.S. dominated the world in political, economic and military terms, and also experienced its share of turbulence, creative genius, and cultural change on the home front. Join us the spring as we explore America’s Century, with all of its struggles and triumphs, legacies and lessons for future generations.

Thursday, March 5, 3:00 p.m.

A Hundred or So Years Later: Remembering Forgotten Wisconsin Authors of the Early 20th Century

You definitely know Laura Ingalls Wilder, and you probably know Lorine Niedecker and August Derleth. But what about Robert Gard and Margery Latimer? Today you’ll learn about these and other Wisconsin authors who have been ignored, overlooked, or simply forgotten — and different ways to rediscover them. Presented by John Pruitt, professor of English and women’s and gender studies, UW-Whitewater at Rock County.

Thursday, March 12, 3:00 p.m 

Roosevelt’s “Brain Trust” and the Creation of the New Deal

Franklin Roosevelt faced the massive challenge of the Great Depression when he was elected president in 1932. Who were some of the “big brains” he called upon for help in formulating solutions, and what did they propose? Presented by Elizabeth Jozwiak, associate professor of history, UW-Whitewater at Rock County.

Thursday, March 19, 3:00 p.m

The Arc of Protest: Growth, Inclusion and Change in Mid-20th Century America. Much of modern American politics and society is still driven by the social protest movements of the 1960s, but these movements are often misunderstood by the people reacting to them now. This lecture will look at where those movements came from in the 1950s and how they evolved from a moderate, inclusive effort to expand American culture to a radical effort to change it completely by the early 1970s. Presented by David McKay, senior lecturer of history, UW-Whitewater at Rock County.

Thursday, March 26, 3:00 p.m

The 100 Greatest American Speeches of the 20th Century

The lecture will focus on how the list was compiled, with a more detailed look at the top-10 speeches, the speakers who had the most speeches on the list and the overall importance of public speaking in American public discourse. Presented by Richard Haven, professor emeritus of communication, UW-Whitewater.


All lectures are free and open to the public. They are held on Thursdays at 3 p.m. in the Gathering Room at Cedar Crest, 1702 South River Road in Janesville. Free parking is available and registration is not required.

If you have a disability and require accommodations, please advise us as soon as possible. Requests are confidential. UW-Whitewater provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA.  Please contact Kari Borne at bornek@uww.edu or 262-472-1003 for further information.

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