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University of Rhode Island Announces Suffrage Centennial Lecture Series

In 2020 we celebrate two monumental events in American history: the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting American women the right to vote, and the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment that at least nominally enfranchised African American men. To mark the occasion, URI is planning a yearlong virtual series focused on suffrage history and modern-day voting issues.

Scheduled speakers include: Kenneth Florey, one of the United States’ foremost collectors of women’s suffrage memorabilia; scholar and award-winning author Martha Jones, professor at Johns Hopkins University; Hilary Levey Friedman, a fellow at the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy and president of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Women; URI professor Kathleen McIntyre; and Rhode Island’s Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors Program, Women’s Leadership Council, and the Suffrage Centennial Committee.

For a complete list of events please see the Suffrage Centennial Lecture Series’ website.

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