Every year the College of Liberal Arts remembers and honors Sydney Berger. He was one of Evansville's most respected attorneys.
After graduating from Columbia Law School and serving in the army during WWII, he began his law practice in Evansville in 1947. He had been asked to come to Evansville by the United Electrical Workers union to provide legal assistance at a time when labor-management relations were severely strained. The union was in critical need of fine legal representation. Over the years, Sydney Berger would represent many unions, civil rights organizations, and anti-poverty groups.
He was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and Indiana state and federal courts. He was a founding member of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union and president of the Indiana Bar Association. He played an active role in his synagogue, and supported many educational and artistic programs in Evansville.
This extraordinary man was an adjunct professor of constitutional law here at USI for almost 20 years. When he died in 1988, the editor of the Evansville Courier noted that no one in Evansville had done as much for:
- The little guy.
- The poor.
- The underprivileged.
- The neglected.
- Or those deprived of their civil rights.
Liberal Arts now celebrates the values he cherished by having a speaker each year speak on the theme of civil rights or civil liberties.
Check back later for the next Berger Lecture in Fall 2012
|2011-2012||Dr. Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, professor and director of the Preparing Future Faculty Program at Indiana University|
|2010-2011||Marilyn Ruth Signe Skoglund, Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court|
|2009-2010||Dr. Cynthia Duarte, Fellow in the Institute of Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame|
|2008-2009||Dr. Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis|
Joan Callahan, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky
|2006-2007:||Dr. Michael Hoeflich, the John H. and John M. Kane Professor of Law at the University of Kansas|
|2005-2006:||Judge Patricia Walker FitzGerald of the Jefferson Circuit Court Family Division in Louisville, Kentucky|
|2004-2005:||Robert Corn-Revere, a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP|
|2003-2004:||Gene Policinski, deputy directory of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN|
|2002-2003:||Charles Nelms, vice president for Student Development and Diversity at Indiana University Bloomington|
|2001-2002:||Dr. Scott Christianson, visiting associate professor of social studies at Bard College and an acclaimed author, activist, journalist, and scholar|
|2000-2001:||Dr. F. Robert Hunter, chair of Indiana State University’s Department of History and president of the Midwest Association of Middle East and Islamic Studies|
|1999-2000:||Leslie Roberts, associate professor of
Patricia Aakhus, instructor in English;
Douglas Hubbell, associate professor of communications;
Amanda Grube, USI student;
Michael Waitman, associate professor of English
|1998-1999:||Bruce Pearl, men's varsity basketball
John H. Gottcent, professor of English;
Daniel R. Craig, assistant professor of music;
Robert L. York, instructor in English;
Scott N. LaFeber, director of theatre;
Elliot H. Wasserman, associate professor of theatre;
Dr. Betty L. Hart, professor of English;
Eric L. vonFuhrmann, assistant professor of English;
Kathy Dooley, USI student
|1997-1998:||Patrick A. Shoulders, member of the law
firm of Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders in Evansville
John R. Price, heads John R. Price and Associates in Indianapolis
John Dobken, news anchor at Channel 44 in Evansville