The Grappone Humanities Institute is sponsoring events to celebrate the centenary of congressional passage of the 19th amendment.

Panel on Race and the Women’s Suffrage Movement
Thursday, January 31, 2019: Dana 1D, Time TBD

To kick off the spring events, a panel of faculty will discuss the role of race in shaping the women’s suffrage movement. With remarks by professors Loretta Brady (Psychology) and Jennifer Thorn (English) on the role of race in shaping the women’s suffrage movement, and a dramatic reading by Victoria Adewumi (Board, New African Americans) of African American activist Mary Church Terrell’s 1898 speech to the National Woman’s Suffrage Association, “The Progress of Colored Women.”

History of Women’s Suffrage Movement Speaker
Wednesday, March 20, 2019: Jean Student Center Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Lisa Tetrault, Professor of History and author of The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898 will speak on the struggles among suffragists to claim the past and future of the movement and how our forgetting of their internal struggles makes the movement look more “inevitable” and like less the real political work than it was. She will also discuss Reconstruction politics and the conflicts between enfranchising black men and/or women.

Ongoing (Spring semester): Declaration of Sentiments Project
This project will involve posting (physically on campus and  via social media) excerpts from the Declaration of Sentiments, signed in 1848 in Seneca Falls by participants in the first women’s rights convention to be organized by women. Brief excerpts from this document will appear in venues around campus in formats that encourage viewers’ write-in responses, in light of current events/culture. Topics in the Declaration include sexual double standards, divorce, unequal pay, and other matters perhaps not associated with suffrage. View a copy online.

Women’s Suffrage Centenary Student Event
Thursday, April 4, 2019: location and time TBD

A wrap-up event will feature student work, discussion of the Declaration of Sentiments project, and presentation of student work broadly related to women’s pursuit of civil rights and the vote. Faculty ideas for student participation are welcome, including posters or presentations of relevant research or projects. Student participation is also welcome as planning continues.

Planning Committee

Kelly Demers
Jennifer Lucas
Beth Salerno
Jennifer Thorn

For more information, please contact Gary Bouchard or Jennifer Lucas.