Mildred Fish Harnack Lecture IconThe Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture is named after a Milwaukee native who was a UW–Madison student in the 1920s. While living in Germany, Fish-Harnack assisted in the escape of German Jews and political dissidents. She is the only American civilian executed under the personal instruction of Adolf Hitler, for her resistance to the Nazi regime. This lectureship is designed to promote greater understanding of human rights and democracy, and enrich international studies at UW-Madison. The lecture brings to campus a person who contributes to the cause of human rights through academic scholarship and/or active leadership. UW-Madison's Office of International Studies and Programs established the lecture in 1994 and coordinated it until the Human Rights Program was created. 

More information on Mildred Fish Harnack is available through:
The UW Archives "Honoring Mildred Fish Harnack"
PBS video on the Mildred Fish Harnack story: http://video.wpt.org/video/2243188017/


Mildred Fish Harnack sculpture dedication


A sculpture in honor of Mildred Fish Harnack by John Durbrow will be dedicated on Friday, July 12 at 1:30 at Marshall Park (2101 Allen Boulevard, Madison). All are welcome to attend. Brief remarks will be made by Professor Heinz Klug of the UW Law School on behalf of the Human Rights Program.
Read details here: https://international.wisc.edu/mildred-fish-harnack-sculpture-to-be-dedicated-on-july-12/

Upcoming Lecture: 

Speaker to be Announced

Spring 2020
Time to be announced
Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center
Lecture with a reception to follow

This event is FREE and open to the general public but for planning purposes please register on Eventbrite

Previous Lectures:

Distinguished people throughout the world have given Mildred Fish Harnack Lectures, such as President of Ireland Mary Robinson, International Court of Justice Judge and Holocaust survivor Thomas Buergenthal, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Learn about their lectures and more through the UW Law School's Digital Repository

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