Wilkes University

Year of the Vote Announces Constitution Day Events

Join us for an entire day of campus-wide events on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Constitution Day public reading | 11 a.m. | WCLH

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on Sept. 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

We will celebrate Constitution Day with a public reading of the Frederick Douglass speech, "Declaration of Sentiments," the Sojourner Truth speech "Ain't I a Woman" and the Maya Angelou poem "To Form A More Perfect Union" on WCLH. 

Votes for Women!: A Constitution Day Lecture | 6 p.m. | Zoom

The U.S. Constitution is silent on Americans' right to vote. It took decades of struggle and setbacks to pass a Constitutional amendment that impedes states' ability to deny suffrage on the basis of sex. This Constitution Day, Amy Sopcak-Joseph, assistant professor of history, will discuss the historic events that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Andreea Maierean, assistant professor of political science, will compare women’s suffrage movements around the world and will conclude with a discussion of activism and voting rights in today's world.

Join us on Zoom! Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 16. Please email karley.stasko@wilkes.edu to secure your place. We will be using the webinar feature for Zoom, so you can watch in your pjs and no one will be the wiser!

This is What a Feminist Look(ed) Like interactive installation | all day | Karambelas/Sordoni Gallery lobby

What does voting mean to you? How can we form “a more perfect union?” Which gender justice issue(s) is/are most important to you?

Stop by our waves of feminism fashion installation and contribute your answers to these important questions. While you are at it, learn a bit about the waves of feminism and how they strategized to create change for women.

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