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“The Suffrage Centennial, the Family, and the March for Life,” the Florrie Sanders Wilkes lecture

January 17, 2020 | noon to 1 p.m. 
131 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 

Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will deliver Vanderbilt’s Florrie Sanders Wilkes lecture, “The Suffrage Centennial, the Family, and the March for Life,” in Flynn Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Learn More>>

A Humming Under My Feet presented by Blair School students

January 26, 2020 | 7 p.m.
The Wond’ry

Blair School of Music students have put together a program with a wide selection of solo, chamber, and audience participation music by living composers. In the works this year is also a collaboration with members of Vandy Spoken Word, who will write and perform original poetry inspired by each piece alongside the music on the program. The event is free and open to the public, and audience members are welcome and invited to bring blankets to sit on (regular seating and wheelchair access will also be provided). Learn More>>

Vote for US: A Conversation with University of Kentucky Professor Joshua Douglas

February 6, 2020 | noon to 1 p.m. 
Flynn Auditorium

Professor Joshua Douglas, author of Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting, teaches election rights and voting law, among other courses, at the University of Kentucky College of Law. This conversation will assess current efforts to make our voting system more accessible, reliable, and effective. Learn More>>

“Journey”; Intersection– Nashville’s contemporary music ensemble

February 27, 2020 | 7 p.m. 
Blair School of Music

This concert explores the connections between the 19th Amendment and the Civil Rights Movement through the music and story of Florence Price and excerpts from Nkeiru Okoye’s opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom. Will also include a discussion with Douglas Shadle, associate professor of musicology and chair of the musicology and ethnomusicology department, and Alisha Jones, assistant professor in the department of folklore and ethnomusicology, and adjunct in the religious studies and the African and African American Diaspora studies department at Indiana University Bloomington. Learn More>>

Inclusive Book Group on A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts

March 13, 2020 | noon to 1 p.m.
Central Library, Vanderbilt Poetry Room 612A

We read beyond our comfort zone, looking for new authors, unfamiliar or neglected books. Bring your lunch and discuss the book, A Well-Behaved Woman (2018) by Therese Anne Fowler, over tea and cookies. Free and open to all. Limited copies of the book are available at Central Library Service Desk. The event is presented by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries.

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Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Women of Peabody College

March 18, 2020 | noon to 3 p.m.
Peabody Library Learning Lab 304

This event provides the community with the chance to contribute to the public good by editing Wikipedia entries featuring the women of Peabody—staff, faculty and students who shaped the college. Lunch will be provided.  DYV and GME credit.

Faculty Speaker: Catherine Gavin Loss, associate dean for academic affairs and professional education at Peabody College and associate professor of the practice in education and policy, will speak on WOMEN+EDUCATION+POLITICS around the issues of southern women’s political activism on suffrage, women’s access to education and Peabody activists.

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“Race, Rights, and the Woman Suffrage Movement: The Stories of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Irene Moorman, and Rose Schneiderman” presented by Joan Marie Johnson

March 19, 2020 | 5 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Room 202

Joan Johnson is the director for faculty in the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her doctorate in history from the University of California Los Angeles. Johnson also taught women’s history at Northeastern Illinois University for 12 years and was the co-founder and co-director of the Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender at the Newberry Library in Chicago. She has written extensively about the history of women and gender, race, social reform, education, and philanthropy, including:Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement, 1870-1967;Southern Women at the Seven Sister Colleges: Feminist Values and Social Activism, 1875-1915; and Southern Ladies, New Women: Race, Region and Clubwomen in South Carolina, 1890-1930. Johnson is also co-editor of the three-volume series, South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times.

This event is presented by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center in partnership with the Chancellor’s Lecture Series.

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ART + FEMINISM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

March 25, 2020 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cohen Memorial Hall, Visual Resources Center, 134

Come write about your favorite woman artist, curator, architect, photographer or critic to make women’s lives and their work visible and preserve their stories. Editing women artists/curators/scholars into Wikipedia is activism. Bring your laptop, no experience required. All are welcome and Wikipedians will be on hand to help. Lunch is provided. DYV and GME credit.

Faculty Speaker: History of Art faculty Rebecca VanDiver will speak about “The Torture of Mothers: Black Reproductive Justice in Elizabeth Catlett’s Prints.”

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Blair School of Music presents a flute ensemble premiere of new work by composer Julia Wolfe

April 9 |  6:30 p.m.
April 10 and 11 | 7:30 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Main Lobby

Pre-Concert Performance
Enjoy a performance by the Blair School of Music Flute Ensemble (Molly Barth, Director) prior to the concert in the Main Lobby of the Schermerhorn. The ensemble will perform a new work by composer Julia Wolfe, who has also been commissioned to write a piece for the Nashville Symphony to premiere in fall 2020 to commemorate the 19th Amendment Centennial.

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“I Ring the Bell” Campaign

August 18, 2020 | 12 p.m.
When the 19th Amendment was ratified in Nashville nearly 100 years ago, cities across the country rang bells in celebration, but Nashville did not. Vanderbilt is joining the Nashville Public Library and other community partners to ring the bell in Kirkland Tower one hundred times on Aug. 18 at noon, to honor the anniversary.

Provost Susan Wente is joining women across Tennessee in sharing her “I ring the bell” video through the hashtag #iringthebell.

Dedication of Woman Suffrage Monument

August 18, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.
Centennial Park and online

On Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m., the Woman Suffrage Monument in Centennial Park will be dedicated. You can watch the dedication virtually here.

Grand Opening of ‘Votes for Women’ room

August 26, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.
Nashville Public Library — online

On Aug. 18 at 11:30 a.m. Singer, songwriter, author, and narrator of the PBS documentary By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South, Roseanne Cash will host the grand opening of the ‘Votes for Women’ room at the Nashville Public Library. Join the virtual grand opening here.

Film Screening of “The 19th Amendment: A Woman’s Right to Vote”

August 26, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center — online

On Aug. 26 at 4pm the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at Vanderbilt will host an online event recognizing Women’s Equality Day and have a screening and discussion of a short film called “The 19th Amendment: A Woman’s Right to Vote.” You can RSVP at Contact Women’s Center director Rory Dicker with questions.

Virtual Commodore Classroom

August 26, 2020 | 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Come join a virtual Commodore Classroom with Prof. Bonnie Dow, “Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage: A Many-Sided Story.”  Click here to join:

Sculptor Alan LeQuire speaks on his work depicting women’s suffrage in Tennessee

September 3, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
Vanderbilt Woman’s Club– online

On September 3 at 10am the Vanderbilt Woman’s Club is hosting sculptor Alan LeQuire to talk about his work depicting the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in Tennessee. More information can be found on