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Call for Student Posters

Interdisciplinary Symposium
“Voting Rights: 1870, 1920, 1965, 2020”
Utah State University
March 19-­‐20, 2020

The Tanner Symposium Committee invites student proposals to participate during Women’s History Month 2020 in a national symposium hosted on the USU campus. A special student poster session will take place on Friday, March 20. Students are invited to attend the entire two-­‐day symposium at no charge and to mingle with the national and state speakers on the program.

About the Symposium

In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, granting many women in the nation the right to vote for the first time. Fifty years earlier, Utah had been among the first territories to enfranchise women in 1870. Despite these advances, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was needed to enforce the 15th Amendment guaranteeing voting rights to people of color.

To reflect on the meaning of these important anniversaries, Utah State University will host an interdisciplinary symposium in March 2020 entitled: Voting Rights: 1870, 1920, 1965, 2020, featuring a keynote address by Prof. Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote (Emory University). This symposium is designed to commemorate the historic events that gave political rights to women, but also to go one step further in reflecting on two important questions:

  1. Who was left out of these landmark changes and with what consequences?
  2. And how do we contextualize ongoing struggles for access to voting rights?

Since its founding in 1888, Utah State University has included women in its faculty and student body and is proud to host this event. Supported by the Utah Humanities Council and USU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and others in the university community, we invite individual and collaborative poster proposals. The topic should focus on one of the following: the history of female suffrage and those who have struggled to gain the vote, in Utah, the West, the U.S. or international contexts. Please note that this is an interdisciplinary conference that welcomes diverse disciplinary perspectives.

Application Instructions

To apply, send an abstract of no more than 250 words plus a 1-­‐page resume to Dr. Kinkead at no later than January 13, 2020.

The Tanner Symposium is co-­‐chaired by Professors Tammy Proctor and Susan R. Grayzel with support from students, faculty, and staff, the Utah Humanities Council, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Office of the USU President.


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