Events, Exhibits, and Publications

Spring 2016 Events and Exhibits

All events hosted by the Friends are free and open to the public, though some may require registration.

Shakespeare In Wisconsin Opening: An Evening with Anna Deveare Smith AD Smith image

Presented by the Friends and Distinguished Lecture Series

7:30 PM -8:30 PM

April 20, 2016 

Shannon Hall, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.

You’re invited to join the Friends and  Distinguished Lecture Series for an evening with Anna Deavere Smith as she officially opens the Year of Shakespeare in Wisconsin. Witness a free presentation by Anna Deavere Smith, an actress, playwright, professor, and 2012 National Humanities Medal winner.  Widely known for her television and movie roles in The West Wing and Nurse Jackie.

The doors to Memorial Union’s Shannon Hall will open at 7:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Space will be reserved for Friends. To reserve your seat, please register by April 15.

RSVP by phone 608-265-2505 or email

To learn about more lectures, film showings, and exhibits, visit Shakespeare in Wisconsin.

Annual Douglas Schewe Lecture 

Speaker Professor Kathy Cramer, Director Morgridge Center for Public Service

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

April 28, 2016

Varsity Hall II, Union South, 1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53715

Cramer_KathyheadshotjpgJoin the Friends for the annual Douglas Schewe Lecture with speaker Kathy Cramer, UW–Madison political science professor and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Professor Cramer has traveled throughout Wisconsin, listening to political opinions from across the spectrum in researching her book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker. Professor Cramer’s  lecture will examine rural resentment towards cities and highlight the role of respectful discourse in politics today.

 Annual Dinner

Archivists to the Rescue! The Wisconsin Historical Society and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights with speaker William Jones, Professor, Department of History, UW–Madison, and author

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday, May 5, 2016  

University Club, 803 State St. Madison, WI 53703

Portrait William Jones

The Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries invite you to our Annual Dinner on May 5th, 2016 in the University Club on Library Mall. Our special guest, history professor William Jones, will speak on the importance of civil rights and labor collections. William Jones has written books on African American industrial workers and the March on Washington. He is currently working on a third detailing the transformation of the U.S. economy after the Second World War.


For more information about the Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries, contact:

Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries
330H Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 265-2505
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