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Funding Opportunity for UW Suffrage Celebration Events & Programming | Due to OEO by January 29th

Through a Partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs and Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, the Office of Engagement and Outreach (OEO) announces a funding opportunity for UW-sponsored events and programs celebrating the 150th anniversary of Wyoming Women’s Suffrage across fall 2019 and spring 2020.

Awards have been made for fall and spring. 

Ongoing programming

Highlighting Women’s Collections at the American Heritage Center  
A series of twelve exhibitions showcasing collections from the American Heritage Center that will honor the empowerment of women in America, their struggle for equal rights, their contributions and their changing roles.  The series is presented to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote in Wyoming, the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment which granted women the right to vote on a national level, and to accompany the Symposium: Women’s Suffrage on the Northern Plains.” You can download the schedule of events and contact the AHC Reference desk at 766-3756 for more information. 

American Heritage Center Website
Guides to archival materials on women and women's suffrage at the American Heritage Center can be found at this website- Collections about Women. Contact  Claudia Thompson for more information. 

Wyoming Public Media
Wyoming Public Media webpage dedicated to stories related to the Wyoming’s Suffrage history View webpage at Celebrating Wyoming Suffrage And Beyond.

Coe Library Exhibit
“Women Leading the Way: Suffrage From Wyoming to the World” at William Robertson Coe Library, Level 3 Exhibit Cases. Contact  Tamsen Hert for more information.

Fall and Spring semesters-Fridays at 12:00 pm
School of Energy Resources Distinguished Speaker Series
Encana Auditorium-Energy Innovation Center
The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources will host multiple prominent women in STEM during its fall and spring Distinguished Speaker Series. See  SER Events for more information.

Fall Events 

Accepting entries 9/3/2019 - 10/6/2019
Limerick Contest
Help celebrate one hundred and fifty years of women’s suffrage in Wyoming—by writing a limerick! Winning limericks will be announced Monday, November 4, 2019. Winning limericks and selected runners-up will be shared on Wyoming Public Radio. More information and entry form can be found on UW History Department webpage- No longer accepting entries.   

10/10/2019 7:30 pm 
Symphony Orchestra
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall
The UW Symphony will dedicate its season-opening performance to the Wyoming Women's Suffrage Celebration with Gwyneth Walker’s overture, Open the Door. Composed for The Women's Philharmonic in 1990 the title refers to “opening the door” to women composers in the male-dominated world of classical composing. Contact  Dr. Michael Griffith for more information.

UW Homecoming 
Laramie WY
The theme, “Breaking Through” is symbolic and conveys the connection of our history to the future in breaking through barriers and creating new frontiers that will be impactful for Wyoming and beyond.  

10/15/2019-7:00 pm
Presentation-The Road to the 1869 Suffrage Act
Alice Hardie Stevens Center at the Laramie Plains Museum, 6th and University.
Tom Rea will give a presentation on events leading up to the Suffrage Act. His acclaimed web article "Right Choice, Wrong Reasons: Wyoming Women Win the Right to Vote" Social Hour begins at 6:30 and presentation at 7:00 p.m.  Contact the Albany County Historical Society for more information.

11/03/2019 3:00 pm 
Bel Canto Women's Chorus 
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall
Bel Canto Women's Chorus will host a musical celebration of Wyoming Womens Suffrage in the BCPA concert hall, including musical performances by the choir and solo faculty and student performers. The event will also include suffrage poetry, historic clothing display, visual art , and other offerings by student and faculty. Bel Canto will premiere a choral work commissioned for the Suffrage Celebration written by Dr. Anne Guzzo. To learn more visit the Upcoming Performances page on the UW Music Department website. 

11/7/2019 4:30-7:30 pm
Opening Lecture and Reception

UW Art Museum
Please join us for the opening lecture and reception of the  "Women's Suffrage on the Northern Great Plains: a symposium at the University of Wyoming. 4:30-6 PM: Guest lecture by Dr. Virginia Scharff, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico 6-7:30 PM: Reception and opportunity to view the Pat Guthrie Teaching Gallery exhibition featuring work related to women’s suffrage, gender, and activism. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum located in the Centennial Complex; 2111 Willett Dr.; Laramie, WY 82070 Contact  Dr. Renee Laegreid for more information.

11/8/2019 8:00 am-5:00 pm
AHC Stockgrower's Room
Women's Suffrage on the Northern Great Plains: a symposium. Open to the public. Contact  Dr. Renee Laegreid for more information.

11/8/2019 7:00 pm
Keynote Speaker
Gateway Center-Grand Ballroom
Susan Stamberg will be the Keynote Speaker for  Women's Suffrage on the Northern Great Plains: a symposium.  Contact  Dr. Renee Laegreid for more information.

11/15/2019 6:00 pm (New Date!)
Science Cafe-Celebrating Wyoming Women in Science
Sublette County Library, Pinedale WY
Bethann Merkle, Dr. Ellen Currano, and Samantha Alford present "Celebrating Wyoming Women in Science" in partnership with the Sublette County Library and Sublette County BOCES. Light dinner and beverages provided by BOCES. View a list of presentations here. 

Wyoming Public Media
Day of Dedication in honor of Wyoming's Suffrage Celebration.

Musical Performance
Cheyenne Capitol
UW ensemble Bel Canto Women's Chorus performing a composition by Dr. Anne Guzzo. Contact  Dr. Holly Dalrymple  for more information.

Karma's Kitchen Suffrage Tasting
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Lobby 
Holiday Market-Taste the past!
Recipe sample from 1886 Suffrage Cook Book available.
Buy a mason jar of cookie ingredients to support the UW Karma Fund.
Sponsored by SLCE and the Office of Engagement and Outreach. For more information and to pre-order gift jars visit the class website here.

Fall Semester Course Offerings

Women's Suffrage Walk-Around Display and "I Voted" Buttons
George Hopper Law Library
The display focuses on the women's suffrage movement in the U.S. and will include content specific to Wyoming women and select minorities. Louisa Swain "I Voted" buttons will be available while supplies last. 

Course: Feminist Theories
Dr. Catherine Connolly will include a two-week unit on Women's Suffrage in the Feminist Theories course, WMST 4700, using AHC materials. Contact  Dr. Catherine Connolly for more information.

Course: Women's Suffrage
Dr. Colleen Denney will teach a course on suffrage, activism and visual culture, "Women's Suffrage," WMST 4500 (cross-listed with ART 3002) This course will be taught in conjunction with the November conference on Women's Suffrage in the West organized by Dr. Renee Laegreid. The course is focused on monuments and murals dedicated to women's rights and history in Laramie/UW Campus. Contact  Dr. Colleen Denney for more information.  

Spring Events

1/24/2020  8:00 am-4:00 pm
Academic Management Institute - Colorado Network of Women Leaders Monthly Meeting
Castle Rock Colorado
A regional off-shoot of the American Council on Education, CNWL / AMI brings together women professionals in higher education from across Colorado and Wyoming to train future leaders and foster excellence in the region's colleges and universities. Sponsored by Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. See the CONWL website for more information.

1/25/2020  12:00 - 4:00 pm
Reproductive Justice 101-All Ages Event
LCCC CCI UP Centennial Room - 1400 East College Drive Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007
The Feminist Leaders of Reproductive Justice of Wyoming and Sistersong is Excited to bring to you a Reproductive Justice 101 with Christian Adams MSW, who will educate us on the history, utility, and importance of the Reproductive Justice Movement. Sponsored by Feminist Leaders for Reproductive Justice-WY, Sister Song, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  See the FLRJ-WY FaceBook page for more information.

2/17/2020 5:00 pm
Research Symposium: What's Femininism Got To Do With It?
COE 506
with Dr. Sheila Radford-Hill.
School of Culture, Gender & Social Justice and African American & Diaspora Studies

3/9-3/13, 2020 and 8/3-8/7, 2020
Online presentations
WPM and the UW American Heritage Center will produce 10 one-minute modules telling the story of Suffrage in Wyoming. The first 5 will air in March and the next 5 will air in August.  These will be archived online at and on the AHC site . Topics and information will be drawn from the AHC archives and will be part of the Archives on the Air program.

3/21/2020  1 pm  
Her Flag - Live Performance of Sewing Wyoming's Stripe into Her Flag
Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne                          
The Wyoming event in a nation-wide project called Her Flag - a flag recognizing the 36 states that ratified the 19th Amendment. Project creator Marilyn Artus will stitch together Wyoming’s stripe created by UW’s Bethann Merkle in a public location in their capital city. UW’s Dr. Renee Laegreid will give a performance and speak about suffrage in Wyoming. The people of each state are invited to celebrate this anniversary with usSee Her Flag Road Trip 12  for more information.

3/30/2020 1 pm
An Afternoon of Conversation with Donna Brazile and Ana Navarro
A&S Auditorium
With years of political expertise and media experience under their belts, Donna Brazile and Ana Navarro are seasoned analysts. They know the political landscape better than anyone else and can quickly scrutinize geopolitical trends and other major forces at play in the nation. When they team up, they deliver refreshingly straightforward perspectives about the future of Washington, DC, while peppering their talks with real-life stories from campaigns and television sets. Download the poster.

4/16-Gillette, WY.
4/18--Sheridan, WY.

Saturday University
Saturday University will highlight women’s suffrage and women’s leadership in upcoming SatU programming.  Contact the Office of Engagement and Outreach for more information.

Philosophy and Religious Studies, American Heritage Center
Course: Radical spirits: Religion and Women's Rights in America

Course on religion and women's rights in the United States that includes student research as well as a conference on women's suffrage in Wyoming and Rocky Mountain region at end of spring semester. This class and conference will reprise events held in Spring 2019.

Radio Programming
Wyoming Public Media will produce one Open Spaces feature to coincide with other suffrage activities, or underscore an important date in the movement’s history.

Book Promotion
Dr. Ellen Dubois will visit campus for discussion and promotion of her new book, Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote. Contact  Dr. Catherine Connolly for more information.
Suffrage Road Show
The Office of Engagement and Outreach is sponsoring Suffrage Road Show programming with Wyoming’s seven community colleges and K-12 schools. Contact the Office of Engagement and Outreach for more information.
Lecture Series
UW Campus and Statewide
“Wyoming Women: 150 Years of Suffrage and Women in Leadership.” This lecture series will highlight past and present women leaders in politics, education, business, and service organizations. Presented by School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies, OEO, and campus partners. Contact the Office of Engagement and Outreach for more information. 

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1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5202


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