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Letters and Science Fellows in Engagement Lecture

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Plant Biosciences Building, Room 108

Franke Wilmer, Professor in the Department of Political Science, will present "Scholar Turned Citizen Legislator and Back."

Franke Wilmer was appointed by Governor Schweitzer to Chair the Montana Human Rights Commission in 2005. This led to Franke's interest in furthering her public service by running for a seat in the Montana State Legislature in 2006 and serving her first term in 2007-09. She has served a total of four terms in the state house of representatives. She has also served on the Governor's Financial Capital Advisory Council, as legislative liaison to the Montana Board of investments and on the Environmental Quality Council. In 2009 she was unanimously elected by her legislative colleagues from both parties to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore. While in the legislature Franke has served on the House Education, House State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Committee, and the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee. In 2011 she was named Legislator of the Year by the Montana Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America for her work on behalf of veterans. On the scholarly side, Franke has written three books on issues of human rights and war. Research for her second book took her to the former Yugoslavia six times; the first during the war in the spring of 1995. Her most recent scholarly efforts have focused on completing a comprehensive single-authored introductory textbook on international human rights.

To recognize and celebrate the upcoming Year of Engaged Leadership the College of Letters and Science has established the Fellows in Engagement program. This one-time, AY 2013-14 program recognizes those in the college whose work includes a strong component of engagement with the communities served by MSU. Tenure-track faculty, non-tenure track faculty and staff were eligible for these fellowships.