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Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series

The Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series fosters dialogue about First Amendment issues and is made possible by a generous gift from the Jane G. and Fred K. Seligman Endowment.


About the Series

Since its inception in 2009, the Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series has fostered dialogue about First Amendment issues by uniting the University and local community in meaningful conversation. We aim not only to promote a robust discussion, but, like the freedoms protected in the United States, we hope this opportunity for free discussion will also promote understanding and friendship among our fellow citizens.

This lecture series is made possible by a generous gift from the Jane G. and Fred K. Seligman Endowment. As a Jewish émigré from Nazi Germany in 1934, Fred Seligman cherished the freedoms protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Having experienced the challenges of a nation at war, Fred Seligman understood the dilemmas that nations like the United States face in protecting these freedoms. While conscious that our liberties are always fragile, Mr. Seligman believed that the continued protection of freedom requires strong institutions of government respected by its citizens. The hope of the Seligman family is that this series will foster a deeper discussion among the community, faculty and students; particularly as the students prepare to lead in a world in which they may have to discern what is right and just. 


Person and artwork
Art Spiegelman is a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novelist for his work "Maus."

March 31, An Evening with Art Spiegelman

Thursday, March 31
6 p.m. CST, Virtual

The University of West Florida welcomes Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novelist. 

March 31 – Join the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities for “An Evening with Art Spiegelman,” a virtual event with the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, illustrator and author. The event, beginning at 6pm CST, is free and open to the public, but advanced registration, here, is required. 

Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative “Maus”— which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. “Maus II” continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. Through “Maus,” Spiegelman redefined the graphic novel and memoir format, and the medium’s place in literature.

The recent ban on “Maus” by Tennessee's McMinn County School Board has garnered international media attention for both Spiegelman and the acclaimed memoir. 

In 2005, Art Spiegelman was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and in 2006 he was named to the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame. In 2011, Spiegelman won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, marking only the third time an American has received the honor. In 2018 he received the Edward MacDowell Medal, the first-ever given in comic art. Spiegelman’s work has been published in many periodicals, including The New Yorker, where he was a staff artist and writer from 1993-2003.

Hosted by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, this event is presented by the Seligman First Amendment Series and Experience UWF Downtown. 

The Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series fosters dialogue about First Amendment issues by uniting the University and local community in meaningful conversation. The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series showcases scholars of outstanding prominence who promote the value and role of the Liberal Arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture.

This event is made possible by a generous gift from the Jane G. and Fred K. Seligman Endowment; UWF Equity and Diversity; and the John C. Pace Symposium Series. Special thanks to the UWF Department of English. 

Register Here!