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Bridging Differences Symposium: Conversations on Gender, Race, and Equality

Monday Oct 21, 2019 07:30 PM - Oct 24, 2019 08:00 PM

Bridging Differences Symposium: Conversations on Gender, Race, and Equality

Join William Woods University in our celebration of 100 years of women’s suffrage by attending these exciting events! All events qualify for LEAD participation for current WWU students!

Monday, October 21

7:30 - 9 P.M.

Playhouse Bistro Logo

The Milly Project

The story of a formerly enslaved Springfield woman, Milly Sawyers, comes to life through a performance of a former high school troupe, while most are now continuing the work as university students with additional ensemble members who are teaching artists.

This creation has travelled to Jackson, Mississippi, served as diversity and inclusion narrative with a Q & A for Mo Appellate Judges, Missouri Bar YLS, Springfield Metropolitan Bar, Southern Missouri Women Lawyers, and for our homeland with the advocation of MSU’s Diversity and Inclusion Department.

This story will soon be presented in Springfield to the Missouri Association of Museums and Archives at The Fox and debut at the historic Gillioz with aims of re-imaging and intentionally re-creating our public space.

The Playhouse Bistro, Downtown Fulton

Tuesday, October 22

12 - 1 P.M.

Guest Speaker: Margot McMillen

Author of “The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History”, Margot McMillen, gives a talk on the suffrage movement in Missouri, and how those historical moments have influenced and shaped the future. Book signing to follow.

Ivy Room, Tucker Dining Hall

Tuesday, October 22

4 - 6 P.M.

Tribute to the Little Rock Nine by Grace Turney. Mixed media piece depicting a seated woman with a large afro. Her hands are placed together as though in prayer and there is a bright glow encompassing her. The background is composed of glowing pages.

Tribute to the Little Rock Nine by Grace Turney

Art Exhibition: Reception/Award

Bridging Differences— Conversations on Gender, Race and Equality. Artists explore their understanding of how issues of gender, race, and their intersectionality influence contemporary culture. Join us for this opening reception and award ceremony at the Mildred M. Cox Art Gallery.

Cox Art Gallery

Tuesday, October 22

6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

Film: Equal Means Equal

View the film from director Kamala Lopez, which tackles large-scale issues impacting the lives of women both historically and today.

Dulany Library Auditorium

Wednesday, October 23

6:30 - 8 P.M.

Dr. Laura Free

Dr. Laura Free

Keynote Address: Dr. Laura Free

Join Dr. Laura Free for her speech titled “Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Racist?” as she discusses how racism was adopted as a rhetorical tool in the 1860’s, and the implications it had for the suffrage movement into the 20th century and beyond. Book signing to follow.

Dulany Library Auditorium

Thursday, October 24

2 - 3 P.M.

League of Women Voters Presentation

A representative from the League of Women Voters Columbia-Boone League will lead a discussion on contemporary political topics.

Dulany Library Auditorium

Thursday, October 24

6:30 - 8 P.M.

Women in Politics Panel

A panel explores a variety of topics related to political leadership, by sharing their unique experiences in the field.

Featuring Missouri Public Service Commission Maida Coleman and Clay County Commissioner Luann Ridgeway.

Dulany Library Auditorium


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The William Woods University Bridging Differences Symposium is sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Have you attended the William Woods Bridging Differences Symposium this year? If so, please take a moment to tell us about your experience! Your feedback is greatly appreciated!