Memorial lecture, honoring former UWMC history professor, set for April 25

By UW-Marathon County

The University of Wisconsin Colleges Department of History will host a memorial lecture April 25, 7 – 9 p.m., in honor of the late James J. Lorence, who taught American history at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (UWMC) from 1967 to 2001. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Plaza Hotel and Suites, 201 N. 17th Ave., Wausau. Lorence died in June 2012.

“To his friends, colleagues and students, Jim was an inspiration, a model scholar-teacher-public servant whose gentle demeanor belied the greatness of his contributions in the form of numerous publications, awards for excellence in teaching, and service through the Marathon County History Teaching Alliance,” said Jeff Leigh, associate professor of history at UWMC. “His absence is still keenly felt at UWMC and in the UW Colleges Department of History.”

At the memorial, Harvey J. Kaye will deliver the keynote lecture titled: The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. Kaye, the Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will relate the story of this generation’s extraordinary struggles and accomplishments. Kaye is author of numerous historical works, including "The American Radical, Are We Good Citizens?” and "Thomas Paine and the Promise of America."

After teaching at UWMC, Lorence served as the first eminent scholar of history chair at Gainesville State College of the University System of Georgia, a position he held for five years. Returning to Wausau in 2006, he was named a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, located on the UWMC campus.

For more information, contact Jeff Leigh, UWMC associate professor of history, at 715-261-6276 or send an e-mail to


Brian Becker