Philip Murray Labor Lecture

The Philip Murray Memorial Labor Lecture is an annual lecture presented to the Penn State University community by a distinguished representative of the labor movement. The lecture honors the memory of Philip Murray (1886-1952), first president of the United Steelworkers of America and second president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Lynn Williams, president of the United Steelworkers of America, presented the first lecture in November 1986.

The purpose of the annual lecture is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between the University community--students, faculty, and staff—and the leadership in the labor movement. The goal of this interchange is to contribute to a better understanding of the important role the labor movement has played, and continues to play, in a democratic society.

The School of Labor and Employment Relations and the United Steelworkers of America jointly sponsor this annual lecture series held at University Park.