Norman Thomas Memorial Lecture

Event Date: 

What Is, What Was, and What Will Be:  The Progressive Movement in the 21st Century 

Speaker:  Brian Rothenberg, executive director at Progress Ohio. 
Date:  Friday, April 5, noon-1 p.m.

Location:  The Ohio State University at Marion
Maynard Hall, Guthery Community Room
1465 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, Ohio 43302

The History Program at Ohio State Marion, the Harding/Thomas Endowment Fund, and Fahey Bank invite you to the Annual Norman Thomas Memorial Lecture in the Guthery Community Room in Maynard Hall, Marion Campus, Friday 5 April 2013 Noon to 1 PM

This year's speaker is:  Brian Rothenberg- Executive Director, ProgressOhio, who will deliver a talk titled:  What Is, What Was, and What Will Be: The Progressive Movement in the 21st Century

Brian Rothenberg is the Executive Director of ProgressOhio, which he founded in 2006. Under his leadership, ProgressOhio has become the state's largest progressive advocacy organization, working for a variety of causes including reducing gun violence, passing same-sex marriage legislation, exposing corporate influence in government, and advocating common-sense solutions to state and federal budget challenges.

Throughout the twentieth century, Norman Thomas advocated for progressive change on issues ranging from civil rights to environmental protection, economic equality and pacifism.  Despite major social upheaval in the past century, the progressive movement still faces significant challenges.  Learning from the lessons of what was during Norman Thomas' lifetime, we will examine the political realities of what is today, and evaluate what can and will be in the future.