The Ackerman Lecture Series was established by Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in memory of the parents of Rosalyn Engelman, whose artwork is currently exhibited at the HUC-JIR Museum. Presented twice each year, the Ackerman Lectures are the most prestigious public lectures presented at the School of Public Affairs during the course of each semester. Lillie and Nathan Ackerman came to the United States from Russia and Poland, respectively, during the early part of the 20th century in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution. Their good fortune in their adopted homeland confirmed their faith in America as a place where all people can pursue their goals without fear of government oppression or abuse. Yet, the Ackermans' achievements never blinded them to the fact that America has fallen short of its promise by leaving many of its citizens poor, without opportunity or a voice in public affairs. They passed this concern on to their children and grandchildren. The Ackerman Lecture series invites leading intellectuals and public figures to address major questions of equality and social justice in order to provoke debate and new thinking about how we might extend the promise of democracy and opportunity to all of our people.
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