Dr. Joan Blauwkamp
chair of the Department of Political Science, 308.865.8759
University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will be the featured speaker for the annual George Norris Scholarship Luncheon at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Museum of Nebraska Art. Tickets are $10.50 each, and reservations are due by Friday, Oct. 23. Reservations may be made by contacting the UNK Department of Political Science at 308.865.8506. Proceeds from the luncheon will provide scholarship support for UNK political science majors.
President Milliken’s topic will be “International Education.” President Milliken, who has been president of the University of Nebraska since 2004, previously served as senior vice president for the 16-campus University of North Carolina. Before joining UNC, he was vice president of the University of Nebraska. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, he earned his law degree from New York University where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar.
The annual luncheon is named for George Norris from McCook, who was a long-time leader of progressive causes in the U.S. Senate and Congress. He represented the State of Nebraska in the U.S. House of Representatives for a decade before being elected to the U.S. Senate, a position he held from 1913 until 1943. During those years, he helped create The National Progressive Republican League and was its vice president. In addition, he chaired the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for many years. He is perhaps best known as a supporter of President Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, and he sponsored the Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933. He is one of eight senators profiled in President John F. Kennedys’ “Profiles in Courage.”