The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics is a living memorial to Oregon’s former U.S. senator. Housed at the School of Law at the University of Oregon, the interdisciplinary center brings scholars and activists to Oregon to discuss critical topics in the tradition of Senator Morse. It is dedicated to Morse’s vision of peace and justice through law and politics.
The center adopts a theme of inquiry for two-year periods and has several ongoing programs, such as the Politics and Policy Program and the Migration Project. It supports UO faculty and students through fellowships and serve the community with numerous events and grants.
The Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics was established, thanks to a fundraising campaign and a matching grant from the U.S. Department of Education, following Morse’s death in 1974. In 1999, a generous gift from Ed Conklin, a former colleague of Morse when he was a labor arbitrator, allowed the university to expand the activities of the Morse Chair Professor by creating the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.