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Woman Citizen Conference


Thursday, November 1, 2012 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

"Woman Citizen: Past, Present, and Future"

 A Symposium to Commemorate the Centennial of Woman Suffrage in Oregon, 1912-2012

LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall

Oregon State University

November 1-2, 2012 

“Woman Citizen: Past, Present, and Future” brings scholars, elected officials, activists, and community organizers to OSU to explore women’s roles as citizens and women’s political impact in the local, state, and national arenas. As OSU’s commemoration of the centennial of woman suffrage in Oregon, the Symposium is intended to promote education and discussion among students, staff, faculty, and community members and to encourage civic and political engagement. All events are free and open to the public.

Throughout the Symposium, participants are encouraged to peruse the Century of Action exhibit chronicling the suffrage movement in Oregon and the poster session featuring research projects by OSU graduate students in public policy.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1


Please join us for a light breakfast in the Guistina Galleria beginning at 8:30

9:00 a.m.              Opening Remarks
Marisa Chappell, Associate Professor of History, OSU

9:15 a.m.              “The Hand That Rocks the Ballot Box: Women Vote”
Susan Scanlan, President, Women’s Research & Education Institute and Chair, National Council of Women’s Organizations

10:30 a.m.           “How Women Won the Vote in Oregon and Why that Victory Matters”
Kim Jensen, Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies, Western Oregon University

11:30 a.m.           The Suffragists, a screening of the new Oregon Experience documentary, followed by a discussion/Q&A with the film’s director, Kami Horton, and Kim Jensen

12:30 p.m.           “Is the Personal Still Political? Women’s Private and Public Lives” 
Stephanie Coontz, Professor of History, The Evergreen State College and Co-Chair and Director of Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families- Symposium participants are invited to join us for lunch in the Guistina Galleria during Professor Coontz’s presentation


2:00 p.m.             Women Changing Communities: A Roundtable
Participants include: Sobia Paracha (OCADSV); Laura Isiordia and Brenda Mendoza (CAPACES Leadership Institute); Debbie Vought (Citizens for Safe Schools, Klamath Falls); Toni Ryan (CARDV); Jo Anne Trow (Corvallis League of Women Voters)   Facilitator: Lorena Reynolds, Instructor of Women Studies, OSU

4:00 p.m.             “Economic Citizenship for Women: Progress and Possibilities”
Alice Kessler-Harris, Professor of History, Columbia University

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2


Please join us for a light breakfast in the Guistina Galleria beginning at 9:30

10:00 a.m.           Women in Government: A Roundtable

Participants include: Barbara Roberts (former Oregon governor and Secretary of State and current Metro Council member); Julie Manning (Corvallis mayor); Jackie Winters (state senator); Delores Pigsley (chair, Confederated Tribes of Siletz)

Facilitator: Sarah Henderson, Associate Professor of Political Science, OSU

12:00 noon          “Women and Leadership: Looking to the Future”
Barbara Roberts, former Oregon Governor

Throughout the Symposium, participants are encouraged to peruse the Century of Action exhibit chronicling the suffrage movement in Oregon and the poster session featuring research projects by OSU graduate students in public policy.

The Woman Citizen Symposium is made possible by the generous support of sponsors: OSU Women’s Giving Circle; the Horning Endowment in the Humanities; the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture; the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion; the School of Language, Culture, and Society; the School of Public Policy; the College of Liberal Arts; the Vice Provost for Student Affairs; OSU Libraries; OSU Center for the Humanities; and the OSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women


Marisa Chappell