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Published May 01, 2019
University of Wyoming students will present individual research projects noting the 150th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Wyoming and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the nation.
Students in the UW Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies course, titled “Radical Spirits,” will present final research projects from 1-4 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the American Heritage Center’s Wyoming Stock Growers Room. A reception will follow after the presentations from approximately 4-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The course, instructed by Tammy Heise, visiting assistant professor of American religions, focuses on religion's role in supporting and in challenging expansions in women's rights, especially political rights such as suffrage.
All of the student presentations include archival research conducted in the American Heritage Center.
“Most of the projects deal with major figures or events in Wyoming suffrage or the larger Rocky Mountain region,” Heise says. “A few deal with women’s rights in other ways.”
The presentation schedule, listed by time, students, hometowns and project names, is:
-- Sarah Gomez, Colorado Springs, Colo., “Spirit Mediums, Celebrity, and Suffrage.”
-- Elise Verley, Laramie, “Sidekicks and Female Support in the Election of the First Female Governor (Nellie Tayloe Ross).”
-- Andrea Hastings-Arrollo, Laramie, “Nellie Tayloe Ross -- An Exploration of Gender in Politics.”
-- Claire Reyburn, Superior, Colo., “Christian Science, Death, and the Legality of Mary Baker Eddy’s Practices.”
-- Arabella Mancini, Pinedale, “Wyoming Americanization through Grace Hebard.”
-- Korah Lombardi, Laramie, “Romance and Courting in the West.”
-- Sabrina Romero, Cheyenne, “Esther H. Morris: Giving Woman the Vote.”
-- Hannah Goldberg, Laramie, “Jews in the West.”
-- Tyler Duncil, Cheyenne, “The Great Indignation and Mormon Suffrage.”
-- Kaitlyn Emerson, Cheyenne, “Material Culture and Women’s Rights.”
-- Hannah Toelle, Cheyenne, “The Life of Grace Raymond Hebard.”
-- Brian Bessey, Casper, “Esther Hobart Morris: Life, Liberty and Legacy.”
-- Kylee Wylie, Rock Springs, “Laura X and Women’s Rights in the 1980s.”
-- MaKayla Garnica, Casper, “Nellie Tayloe Ross: 100 Years of Inspiring Change.”
-- Caleb DeCroo, Thermopolis, “Reform in a World of Punishment.”
-- Chris Coulter, Gillette, “The Ideal Other: Native American Women and Other Minorities in Women’s Suffrage.”
-- Kieran Lux, Laramie, “Catt and Woman Suffrage.”
-- Thomas Terry, Sheridan, “Brothels Expanding the Cult of True Womanhood.”
-- Cody Bennett, Lincoln, Colo., “Protests in Mormonism: From Her Perspective to Anti-Mormonism.”
-- Nathan Swann, Cary, N.C., “Slosson’s Religious Reform of Prisons.”