St. Norbert College to rename Peace and Justice Center

Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

From St. Norbert College, September 24, 2012
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College will officially dedicate the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Michels Commons. Mrs. Shirlyn Miller is endowing the center in her late husband's name.

Norman Miller dedicated his life to bringing people together in peace. As a student at Northwestern University in the early 1940s, Norman traveled to Washington, D.C., and met with Supreme Court justices Louis Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter to seek their support for Better Understanding Week, a symposium on discrimination.

Two decades later, inspired by a conversation with Vince Lombardi, Norman helped to organize a volunteer commission that played a critical role in passing open housing legislation in Wisconsin. In 1993, the Miller family established the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding at St. Norbert College to educate future leaders and promote unity and communication among different cultures and religions.

In 2012, Shirlyn Miller honored her husband's enduring legacy by endowing the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding.

Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University, will present "Seeing Through Different Lenses: How Christians and Jews Read Scripture" as a part of the Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding. Her lecture, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Theatre in the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on the St. Norbert College campus will follow the dedication. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information on the lecture or the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding, contact Catherine Kasten at 920-403-3919 or pjc@snc.edu.