Oct. 25 Symposium Celebrates Women’s Suffrage Centennial

“From Suffrage to Citizenship: Empowering Oregon Women in the Twentieth Century and Beyond”, 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. The event is free and open to the public.

Linda Long, manuscripts librarian at the University of Oregon 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.