'Voting Rights in America: A Constitution Day Teach-In'

constitution day
Tuesday September 17, 2019 - 9:00 am
Tuesday September 17, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Mercy Heritage Room

Mercyhurst University will sponsor a full day of activities to mark Constitution Day and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S.

The day begins with a panel discussion from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on “America’s Historic Struggle for Women’s Suffrage.” Faculty panelists include Dr. Averill Earls and Dr. Benjamin Scharff, History; Dr. Victoria Rickard, Political Science; and Dr. Ruth Jolie, Anthropology. Dr. Alice Edwards, World Languages, moderates. The discussion will be followed at 11 a.m. by a screening of Iron Jawed Angels, a 2004 HBO film starting Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice Paul. Discussion will follow.

Evening events begin at 7 p.m. with a screening of Answering the Call, a 2016 documentary that offers a moving first-hand account of “Bloody Sunday” and the struggle for the Voting Rights Act. The film also takes the story forward to the 2013 Supreme Court decision that undermined the law and the ongoing effort to defend voting rights. From 8:15 to 9 p.m., community leaders will speak directly and personally to the contemporary struggle for justice in defending the integrity of American elections. Panelists include educator and community historian Johnny Johnson; Attorney Nicci Page; and a representative of Fair Districts, an organization focused on the issues surrounding gerrymandering and equal representation.

All events will be held in the Mercy Heritage Room, Sullivan Hall, on the Main Campus. They are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For more information, please call Dr. Chris Magoc, Professor of History, at 814-824-2075.