Check out our latest roundup of signature event videos from the past month.
Gabriel Bump, Kaite Stover
August 5, 2020
Gabriel Bump joined the Library’s Kaite Stover in a discussion of Bump’s critically praised debut novel, which deftly weaves some of today's weightier matters – activism, social change, Black identity – into the story of a Black youth on Chicago’s South Shore who’s trying to figure out exactly where he fits in contemporary America.
No One Is Coming to Save Us
Stephanie Powell Watts, Kaite Stover
August 12, 2020
Qualified Rights: Women’s Suffrage, Citizenship, and the 19th Amendment Reconsidered
August 18, 2020
University of Minnesota historian Sarah-Jane (Saje) Mathieu discussed both the pinnacles and pitfalls accompanying the promise of the 19th Amendment, which gave most – but not all women – the right to vote 100 years ago this month.
Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener
August 27, 2020
In a discussion of her book Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener, award-winning historian Kimberly Hamlin examined the life of the resolute woman deemed “the most potent factor” in the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
Strictly Speaking: Equal Rights Should Have No Deadline
Julie Chi-hy Suk, Carol Jenkins, Carrie N. Baker, Pat Spearman, Kate Kelly, Marco Gonzalez, Erica Benson
August 29, 2020
A distinguished panel of officials, experts, and ERA activists assessed the decades-long effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment – what would be the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enshrining the principle of gender equality in our founding charter. Erica Benson, the campaign coordinator for Project 28 MO, a Kansas City-area organization working for ratification, moderated the discussion a week before the nation observes Women’s Equality Day on August 26.