Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, will present Western Kentucky University’s Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar Lecture at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Downing Student Union Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. The first 200 attendees will receive a copy of her book.
The lecture will kick off WKU’s yearlong celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A reception will be held in DSU, Room 3020, immediately following the lecture, and all attendees are welcome.
Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor’s Choice honoree, she is also the author of Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War.
Her April 29-30 visit to WKU is made possible by generous funding from the WKU Sisterhood and the Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program. Weiss will spend time with WKU students in the classroom as part of her two-day visit and will present the keynote speech focusing on the passage of the 19thAmendment that granted women the right to vote.
The WKU Sisterhood is a group of women with shared values who enjoy collaborating to advance the mission of WKU. In November 2018, members voted to provide funding to bring Weiss to campus and to support several programs centered on the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
The Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program is made possible through a generous gift from Drs. John Lynn and Bobbie Boyd Lubker. The Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program is designed to share the expertise of the visiting scholar across multiple disciplines at WKU and the recipient is selected to appeal to a broad audience within WKU and the greater community.
Other programming information on WKU and community events celebrating the 19th Amendment can be found at https://www.wku.edu/kentuckymuseum/journey_vote.php.
Partners in the WKU celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment include Department of Political Science, Department of History, Potter College of Arts & Letters, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Kentucky Museum and Department of Library Special Collections, and Warren County Public Library. For information on the Elaine Weiss event, including parking and directions, contact WKU’s Department of Political Science at 270-745-4559.