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Public Research Fellows Symposium: The U.S. Suffrage Centennial

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University of Portland

5000 North Willamette Boulevard

Portland, OR 97203

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The Public Research Fellows Symposium brings the community together to explore the suffrage centennial and its meaning for our own era.

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On Friday, March 13th, the University of Portland throws open its doors and invites the public in to collaboratively explore the best of what academic research can offer the world beyond campus walls. The Public Research Fellows program has been working all year to "make research matter" and the Symposium will offer a day-long opportunity to bring the community together around a timely theme. This year's topic: the U.S. Suffrage Centennial. Participate in a guided tour of student fellows' projects related to voting rights, political representation, and suffrage history. Attend a roundtable of local Oregon politicians, scholars, and activists as they discuss issues related to voting and political representation today. And be sure not to miss the keynote address by Dr. Brittney Cooper, "Trust Black Women: The Importance of Black Women in U.S. Politics." Cooper will talk about the struggle for Black women's suffrage and the historical role of Black women's vote, making the case for why there is no progressive politics in America without Black women.

The event is free and open to the public. See the schedule below for details.

1:00: Event Kick-Off with Remarks by UP Provost Greene and Dean Medina and a pop-up performance by University Singers (Franz Lobby)

1:15-3:00: Guided Tours of Student Fellows' Presentations (locations across campus)

3:15-4:30: Roundtable Discussion (Brian Doyle Auditorium)

  • Teresa Alonso León (Oregon State Representative) 
  • Janelle Bynum (Oregon State Representative)
  • Susheela Jayapal (Multnomah Co. Commissioner)
  • Kim Jensen (Historian, Western Oregon University)
  • Amira Tripp Folsom (Youth Activist, Vote16)

4:30-5:30: Coffee & Conversation Break (Dundon-Berchtold 2nd Floor Foyer)

5:30-6:30: Keynote Address by Dr. Brittney Cooper, Rutgers University, "Trust Black Women: The Importance of Black women in U.S. Politics" (Buckley Auditorium)

6:30-8:00: Reception (Bauccio Board Room)

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