AGS Library Exhibits and Events

The American Geographical Society Library in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee holds thousands of irreplaceable archives from the long history of AGS. The AGS Library hosts many themed exhibits on material in the Archives.

Current AGSL Exhibits & Events

UWM’s Academic Adventurers Series – February 19th @ 3:00 – 4:00 PM

“Vanishing Hitchhiker, Vanishing Gods: Religion, Ecology, and Identity in Southern Africa.” Presented by Anika Wilson, Associate Professor, UWM Department of Africology.

Academic Adventurers talks begin at 3 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library, third floor, east wing of the Golda Meir Library.

A reception with light refreshments, sponsored by the Friends of the Golda Meir Library, follows each talk.

Venue –

American Geographical Society Library in the UWM Golda Meir Library building, third floor, east wing
2311 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, 53211 United States

Educating Milwaukee: How One City’s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools: A Presentation by James K. Nelsen – February 23rd @ 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Join us as UWM alumnus James Nelsen discusses his recent book, Educating Milwaukee: How One City’s History of Segregation and Struggle Shaped Its Schools, which traces the origins of the modern school choice movement.

Nelsen follows Milwaukee’s tumultuous education history through three eras–“no choice,” “forced choice,” and “school choice.”

He details the whole story of Milwaukee’s choice movement through to modern times when Milwaukee families have more schooling options than ever–charter schools, open enrollment, state-funded vouchers, neighborhood schools–and yet Milwaukee’s impoverished African American students still struggle to succeed and stay in school.

Educating Milwaukee chronicles how competing visions of equity and excellence have played out in one city’s schools in the modern era, offering both a cautionary tale and a “choice” example.

The event is free and open to the public. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be made if requested ahead of time by calling (414) 229-6980.

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author following the program. Educating Milwaukee is published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

The event is organized by the UWM Archives and UWM History Department. Funding has been generously provided by the Friends of the Golda Meir Library.

Venue –

Golda Meir Library, Conference Center, fourth floor
2311 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, 53211 


Great Books Roundtable Discussion – February 24th @ 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Seamus Heaney
The Cure at Troy (a verse adaptation of Philoctetes by Sophocles, 1990)
Optional: See the UWM Mainstage Theatre production of The Cure at Troy, directed by Jim Tasse, February 24-28

The Great Books Roundtable Discussions are sponsored by UWM’s Certificate Program in the Study of the Liberal Arts through Great Books, and are hosted by the Special Collections Department at UWM’s Golda Meir Library.

No expertise or prerequisites are required. We only ask that you read the selected text.

These discussions are free and open to the public. For further information on the Great Books Roundtable Discussions series, please see

Venue –

Special Collections, UWM Golda Meir Library


Provost/UWM Libraries’ Social Justice Lecture – February 26th @ 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Amanda Seligman, Professor and Chair of the UWM Department of History, presents “Making Social Justice with the Neighbors: How Block Clubs Shaped Chicago,”  an examination of how Chicago neighbors have used block clubs to make social justice together for a century. By combining Do-It-Yourself labor with strategic appeals for government assistance, Chicagoans have worked out a method for remediating social injustices and shaping the city to address their needs.


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