College of Saint Benedict

19+ Events and Resources

19+ highlights a series of talks, lectures, exhibits, performances and voter registration efforts at the College of Saint Benedict involving faculty and students and featuring national speakers.

Wednesday, July 29, 9 p.m. – “Voting: A Listening Session”

Who can vote? Why are some people excluded from voting? How does voter suppression work? How does that impact our communities? How can I be sure my vote is counted? Does voting matter anyway?

Join the political science department to discuss these questions and get more information about voter registration, voting absentee, and new voting locations on campus.

August through November – “Failure is Impossible: Women Win the Vote” Exhibit Clemens Library

Given to the College of Saint Benedict 18 years ago by the League of Women Voters after the Minnesota Historical Society closed its traveling exhibits program, this 14-panel exhibition depicts the struggle by Minnesota women to win the right to vote. In a letter dated April 17, 2002, to then College of Saint Benedict President Mary Lyons, the League suggested that if not permanently displayed that the historic exhibition be a centerpiece of the 100th anniversary celebration of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. We didn’t forget! Each panel contains black and white photographs, newspaper clippings and graphics with themese ranging from “The National Scene” to “Force for Change.”

Thursday, September 17 – Constitution Day Lecture

Anya Jabour, Ph.D., Regents Professor of History at the University of Montana will deliver a talk entitled “Claiming Rights, Championing Reform: Sophonisba Breckinridge, Women’s Suffrage, and Social Welfare” looking at the issues of intersectionality in the struggle for the 19th Amendment. Sponsored by the Political Science Department.

Friday, September 25 – 14th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture

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Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D., an award-winning communications professor from the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on “Russian hackers, trolls and #DemocracyRIP.” Her lecture synthesizes what is known about the impact of the Russian interventions in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, outlines the contours of #DemocracyRIP, outlines Russian plans to undercut the presidency of Hillary Clinton if she had been elected, and asks what’s next and what can we do about it. 

Friday, September 25 – Women’s Voices

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Join the Drama Club for this live performance featuring Olivia Schleper, Lizbeth Martinez-Port, Raven Dames, Allegra Hoppe, Katherine Wagner and Megan Palmquist.
These students use their voices to express their modern views of women and voting rights while acknowledging historical movements through spoken-word.

Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.
Farry Lecture: Catherine H. Palczewski, Ph.D.
“Parades, Pickets, and Prison: Embodied Arguments for Woman Suffrage, 1913-1919”

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The 1913 D.C. woman suffrage parade; the 1917-1919 pickets, protests, and arrests of the Silent Sentinels; and the 1919 Prison Special are complex discursive and presentational arguments in which women enacted their citizenship while simultaneously exposing their vulnerability to the state and to ostensible male protectors. The National Woman’s Party’s rhetorical actions in parades, pickets, and imprisonment constitute eloquent verbal and visual responses to the complex set of arguments levied against suffrage.

Catherine (Cate) H. Palczewski, Ph.D., is a Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, where she also served as the Director of Debate from 1994-2009. She teaches courses in rhetorical theory and criticism, the rhetoric and performance of social protest, argumentation, gender in communication, and political communication. She received her BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day 

Make sure you are registered to vote!

Head to the polls (if you are not voting absentee) and invite friends to join you. Share on social media that you voted with #csbsjuvotes for a chance to be featured on Instagram!

Wednesday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day Discussion

A panel discussion featuring women veterans.

Film on Demand: Iron Jawed Angels

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Celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment by watching the captivating film "Iron Jawed Angels." The film follows the story of Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and other members of the National Woman's Party as they marched, picketed, and were jailed in their fight for woman suffrage in the early 20th century. Starring Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, and Angelica Huston. Watch for free via the CSB/SJU Libraries through Films on Demand.