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Virtual Screening and Discussion on PBS/American Experience’s The Vote

Wednesday, October 28

7:00–8:30 p.m. EDT

 

The evening will include a 35-minute screening of a clip on the 1913 Washington Parade from The Vote. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Penn State faculty.

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. In its final decade, from 1909 to 1920, movement leaders wrestled with contentious questions about the most effective methods for affecting social change, debating the use of militant, even violent tactics, as well as hunger strikes and relentless public protests. The battle also upended previously accepted ideas about the proper role of women in American society and challenged the definitions of citizenship and democracy. Exploring how and why millions of 20th-century Americans mobilized for — and against — women’s suffrage, The Vote brings to life the unsung leaders of the movement and the deep controversies over gender roles and race that divided Americans then — and continue to dominate political discourse today.

 

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The following Penn State College of the Liberal Arts faculty will serve as panelists during the event.

Cathleen Cahill

Cathleen Cahill

Panelist

Associate Professor of History

Among other roles, Cahill currently serves as the honors adviser for the History department. Her research focuses on American women’s working and political lives. In addition to other publications on the subject of women’s suffrage, Cahill's recent monograph—Recasting the Vote: How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement (The University of North Carolina Press, 2020)—will be available next month in November 2020. As part of the College of the Liberal Arts’ year-long theme, Moments of Change: A Century of Women’s Activism, Cahill taught a first-year seminar titled Women, Race, and the Right to Vote in spring 2020.

Lee Ann Banaszak

Lee Ann Banaszak

Panelist

Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Head of the Department of Political Science

Banaszak's current research interests focus on voting rights and on women’s movements in the U.S. and other countries. She published a monograph—The Women’s Movement Inside and Outside the State (Cambridge University Press, 2010)—addressing elements of feminism as they occur within and outside of formal governance. She has also written extensively on women’s suffrage and recently coedited a volume titled 100 years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism (Oxford University Press, 2018).

John Gastil

John Gastil

Panelist

Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Political Science

Senior Scholar at the McCourtney Institute for Democracy

Gastil's primary research focuses on political deliberation and group decision making in a variety of political contexts, including such deliberation in the American jury system. Among his other publications, he has co-authored a new monograph—Hope for Democracy: How Citizens Can Bring Reason Back into Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020). One of his most germane courses at Penn State is Democratic Deliberation, a course that is cross-listed between communication arts and sciences and political science.

Kathryn Salzer

Kathryn Salzer

Moderator

Gorman-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Medieval History

Associate Professor of History

For the second time, the College of the Liberal Arts has chosen a theme around which it has planned courses, lectures, presentations, and events. Continuing through the 2020–21 academic year, the college’s theme is Moments of Change: A Century of Women’s Activism, which was inspired by the centennial of the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment. To learn more about the theme, to see more upcoming events, to find educational resources, and more, visit womensactivism.psu.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Department of History and the College of the Liberal Arts.

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please consult Kevin Conaway at 814-865-8696 or klc129@psu.edu, in advance of your participation or visit.