19+ highlights a series of talks, lectures, exhibits, performances and voter registration efforts involving faculty and students and featuring national speakers. All events take place at the College of Saint Benedict unless otherwise indicated.
Wednesday, April 15 — Farry Residency Student Debate
Saint John’s University, Quad 346
All students and community members are invited to a student debate on the topic “Is increasing meaningful access to voting opportunities more important than the potential risks of voter fraud?”
Thursday, April 16 — Farry Residency “Parades, Pickets, and Prison: Embodied Arguments for Woman Suffrage, 1913-1919”
Cate Palczewski, Ph.D., Professor, Communication Studies and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, University of Northern Iowa
Saint John’s University, Quad 264
The 1913 D.C. woman suffrage parade; the 1917-1919 pickets, protests and arrests of the Silent Sentinels; and the 1919 Prison Special are complex discursive and presentational arguments in which women enacted their citizenship while simultaneously exposing their vulnerability to the state and to ostensible male protectors. The National Woman’s Party’s rhetorical actions in parades, pickets and imprisonment constitute eloquent verbal and visual responses to the complex set of arguments levied against suffrage.
August through November – “Failure is Impossible: Women Win the Vote” Exhibit Clemen’s Library
Given to the College of Saint Benedict 18 years ago by the League of Women Voters after the Minnesota Historical Society closed its traveling exhibits program, this 14-panel exhibition depicts the struggle by Minnesota women to win the right to vote. In a letter dated April 17, 2002, to then College of Saint Benedict President Mary Lyons, the League suggested that if not permanently displayed that the historic exhibition be a centerpiece of the 100th anniversary celebration of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. We didn’t forget! Each panel contains black and white photographs, newspaper clippings and graphics with themese ranging from “The National Scene” to “Force for Change.”
Thursday, September 17 — Constitution Day Lecture
Thursday, October 8 — “Iron Jawed Angels” Movie Screening and Faculty Panel
Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day – Register to Vote
Make sure you are registered to vote!
Head to the polls (if you are not voting absentee) and invite friends to join you. Share on social media that you voted with #csbsjuvotes for a chance to be featured on Instagram!
Wednesday, November 11 – Honoring Veteran’s Day
Time and location to be determined
A panel discussion featuring women veterans.
November — “Strange Bedfellows” Theater Production
7:30 p.m. – Nov. 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22
2 p.m. – Nov. 22
Gorecki Theater, Benedicta Arts Center
Set in San Francisco in 1896, a young senator brings home his new bride, only to discover his powerful father has switched sides on the Suffrage Amendment; he's now firmly opposed. The bride, a clever Suffragette leader and a motley group of women, spearhead a plan to out-maneuver the "enemy" and win support for Women's Right to Vote. (A comedy by Florence Ryerson & Colin Clements.)