“From Suffrage to Citizenship: Empowering Oregon Women in the 20th Century and Beyond,” a Symposium

October 25, 2012
3:00 pmto6:30 pm

UO Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.

Keynote speaker: Lauren Kessler, Professor, UO School of Journalism and Communication

A symposium celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage is scheduled for Thursday, October 25, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Knight Library’s Browsing Room on the UO campus.

Linda Long, manuscripts librarian at the UO Libraries and organizer of the symposium, says that the event is meant to not only celebrate past accomplishments of women as voters and citizens but to look to the future as well. “Women have accomplished much in the past 100 years,” she says, “but a primary goal of the symposium is to sustain and strengthen their contributions as citizens far into the future.”

From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., a panel will address the question “How Have Women Changed Politics?” Panel members include:

  • April Haynes, Assistant Professor, UO Department of History
  • Priscilla Yamin, Assistant Professor, , UO Department of Political Science
  • Margaret Hallock, Director, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
  • Kitty Piercy, Mayor of Eugene

At 4 p.m., Lauren Kessler will deliver a keynote address entitled “Perseverance.” Kessler is a UO journalism professor and director of the UO’s multimedia journalism master’s degree program. She is the author of six works of narrative nonfiction and the founder of online magazine Etude. Her website is http://laurenkessler.com/.

A reception will follow Kessler’s talk.

Sponsored by the UO Libraries; Center for the Study of Women in Society; Oregon Humanities Center; the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies, History, Political Science, and Sociology; the Schools of Journalism and Communication and Architecture and Allied Arts; and the ASUO Women’s Center.

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