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Report from Citizenship at the Intersections: 100 Years Since the 19th Amendment

On March 5th-7th 2020, ORWAC hosted the conference “Citizenship at the Intersections: 100 Years Since the 19th Amendment” at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This event was supported by the National Communication Association Advancing the Discipline Grant, the UWM Department of Communication, the UWM Rhetorical Leadership Certificate Program, the UWM College of Letters and Sciences Humanities Scholarly Activities Fund, the UWM English Department, the UWM History Department, and the UWM Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

The conference was well attended. 55 people registered to attend the conference, representing about 25 different colleges and universities across the country. We also livestreamed the keynote speeches, enabling access for those who would not attend in person. Joan Faber McAlister led a workshop on publishing scholarship that had about 12 attendees. Keynotes were delivered by Isaac West (also the 2019-2020 UWM Rhetorical Leadership Lecturer), Karma R. Chavez, and Ersula J. Ore. Keynote responses were delivered by Catherine H. Palczewski, Annie Hill, E Cram, Belinda A. Stillion Southard, Lisa Flores, and Shirley Wilson Logan. Other conference presenters included: Jessica Enoch, Carly S. Woods, Zornitsa Keremidchieva, Ashley Hall, Isra Ali, Inbal Leibovits, Stephanie (Sam) Martin, and Linda Horwitz. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths performed Carrie Chapman Catt and led a discussion on her performance, and Janet Fitch provided a preview of her documentary, The Most Dangerous Women.

Throughout the conference, the conversation was lively and engaging. The conference helped spur new collaborations and inspired future published researched.

Thank you to all who organized, attended, and participated!

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