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Suffrage in America


The Maguire Ethics Center is proud to support and uplift the SMU departments and organizations celebrating the anniversaries of the 15th and 19th Amendments in 2020. Here you'll find up-to-date information on the campus and community events memorializing and celebrating suffrage in America.

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News and Updates


LINK: Why Voting Discrimination Haunts America (The New York Times). Eric Foner, the esteemed historian lecturing at SMU on February 24, is quoted in this OpEd on the flaws of the 15th Amendment.

PHOTO: Members of the SMU community gathered in front of Perkins Chapel on February 3 to read and celebrate the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified on February 3, 1870. Click for photo here.




2020 Suffrage Events


FonerDCII Scott Hawkins Lecture Series: Eric Foner

Monday, February 24 | 5:30 reception | 6:00 pm lecture
Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom
[VIDEO]: Please click here to watch and/or download this lecture.

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, is one of this country's most prominent historians. Professor Foner's publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history, and the history of American race relations. His latest book is The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution (2019). More information on Professor Foner can be found here. Please click here for the event flyer. 

SusanWareDCII Allman Family Lecture: Susan Ware

September 15, 2020

In partnership with the Organization of American Historians, SMU welcomes Why They Marched author Susan Ware. A pioneer in the field of women’s history and a leading feminist biographer, Susan Ware is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history. The Library of America will publish a women’s suffrage anthology edited by Ware in 2020. More information on Ware can be found here.

SamWangLecture: Sam Wang

September 28, 2020

Founder of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project and manager of the Princeton Election Consortium, Sam Wang is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. Wang's projects aim to bridge the gap between mathematics and the law to achieve fair representation through redistricting reform. To read more about his application of data analytics to American elections and politics, please click here

Franita-TolsonLecture: Franita Tolson

October 15, 2020

Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs of the USC Gould School of Law, Franita Tolson will speak about voter suppression and voting rights protections. Tolson has written on a wide range of topics including partisan gerrymandering, campaign finance reform, the Elections Clause, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. To read more about Professor Tolson, please click here.



Related Events and Media

Events and media complementing the 2020 anniversary of the 15th and 19th Amendments include a variety of academic, social and community gatherings celebrating women's rights, black history, and equality.

Clio Visualizing History Project

The nonprofit education organization dedicated to creating innovating online history exhibits features "Visualizing Votes for Women: Nineteen Objects from the 19th Amendment Campaign." 

Dream Week 2020 | Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hosted by the SMU Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement (SCIE)
Monday, January 20 - Friday, January 24 | Various locations

From the annual SMU Unity Walk to local service projects honoring the values of education and community building, join the campus community in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King. More information on specific Dream Week events can be found here.

Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk | Amy Greenberg

Presented by the SMU Center for Presidential History
Wednesday, January 22 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm | McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall

The little-known story of remarkable First Lady Sarah Polk—a brilliant master of the art of high politics and a crucial but unrecognized figure in the history of American feminism. Greenberg’s publication of the same title will be available for purchase and signing after the event. For more information on this event, please click here.

SMU's 55th Annual Women's Symposium

Presented by the SMU Women and LGBT Center
Wednesday, March 4 | SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center

The longest continuously running program of its nature in the country and one of SMU's oldest and most distinguished traditions, the Women's Symposium was created in 1966 as a part of the University's Fiftieth Anniversary celebration. This year's program will feature a keynote by Monica Lewinsky and closing featured speaker Lindy West. More information on the Symposium can be found here