Constitution Day Presentation
Join the American Democracy Project and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning for a presentation to commemorate Constitution Day!
“From the Lobby to the Street: Strategies Used by Voting Activists in the Early 20th Century” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Our presenter is Dr. Kyle Ciani, associate professor in history and core faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
“One of the reasons why I chose to focus on examples of lobbying and public protest in the early 20th century is that many students are not aware that taking to the street to be heard is not at all new,” said Ciani. “The worldwide protests in January 2017 marking the disappointment–and in many cases rage–over the election of Donald Trump made international headlines; likewise, the current protests in Hong Kong are showing people around the world the dangerous side of public demonstration. I think it is a good reminder for people to understand the protests of the early 20th century within their historical context–there was certainly danger involved in their activism–and not as an antiquated meme or gif that is found on Pinterest. These activists fought for the right to vote and that seems to be lost in the historical conversation about suffrage.”