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Women's History Month

Lecture: dORIS STEVENS: NEBRASKA'S FORGOTTEEN SUFFRAGE LEADER

sALLY bISSON-bEST, AUTHOR, FORMER DIRECTOR OF LEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM, AT COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY

Doris Stevens was a national leader who helped obtain passage of the 19 the Amendment. Born and raised in Omaha, she maintained contact with her home state throughout her life. This presentation will cover Stevens’ suffrage work, international efforts for women’s equality, and

professional pursuits outside of the political realm.

Date: Monday, March 18th
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m. CDT
Where: South Omaha Campus, CAM Bldg, Room 120

HYBRID LECTURE: A COUNCIL OF DOLLS

MONA SUSAN POWER, STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE, AUTHOR, GRADUATE OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL AND THE IOWA WRITERS' WORKSHOP

Mona Susan Power is the author of four books of fiction, including The Grass Dancer, Roofwalker, Sacred Wilderness and A Council of Dolls. Participate to learn about her life and her newest book, A Council of Dolls, a story of three women, told in part through the stories of the dolls they carried...

Sissy, born 1961: Sissy's relationship with her beautiful and volatile mother is difficult, even dangerous, but her life is also filled with beautiful things, including a new Christmas present, a doll called Ethel, who whispers advice and kindness in Sissy's ear. 

LIllian, born 1925: Born in her ancestral lands in a time of terrible change, Lillian clings to her sister, Blanche, and her doll, Mae. The sisters are forced to attend an 'Indian boarding school' far from their home. When tragedy strikes the sisters, the doll Mae finds her way to defend the girls.

Cora, born 1888: Though she was born into the brutal legacy of the 'Indian Wars,' Cora isn't afraid of the white men who remove her to a school across the country to be 'civilized.' Teachers burn her beloved buckskin and beaded doll, Winnona, and Cora discovers that the spirit of Winona may not be entirely lost.

Date: Tuesday, March 19
Time:12:30-1:45 p.m. CDT
Where: Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 22, Room 201A
Register for Zoom at A Council of Dolls

Lecture: Dr. mARY mcleod bethune

Dr. Joy Kinard, Chair of the divison of politcal and military history at the national museum of american history 

The daughter of fromerly enslaved parents, Mary Jane McLeod Bethune became one of the most important Black educators, civil and women's rights leaders and government officials of the twentieth century. The college she founded set educational stanards for today's Black colleges, and her role as an advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave African Americans an advocate in government. 

Date: Wednesday, March 20
Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m. CDT
Where: Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 22, Room 201A

Virtual discussion: wake the hidden history of women-led slave revolts by rebecca hall

Discussion led by jeannette eileen jones, ph.d. happold professor of history and ethnic studies; director, 19th century studies program, university of nebraska-lincoln

Women warriors planned and led revolts on slave ships during the Middle Passage. They fought their enslavers throughout the Americas. And then they were erased from history.

Wake tells the “riveting” (Angela Y. Davis) story of Dr. Rebecca Hall, a historian, granddaughter of slaves, and a woman haunted by the legacy of slavery. The accepted history of slave revolts has always told her that enslaved women took a back seat. But Rebecca decides to look deeper, and her journey takes her through old court records, slave ship captain’s logs, crumbling correspondence, and even the forensic evidence from the bones of enslaved women from the “negro burying ground” uncovered in Manhattan. She finds women warriors everywhere.
Using a “remarkable blend of passion and fact, action and reflection” (NPR), Rebecca constructs the likely pasts of Adono and Alele, women rebels who fought for freedom during the Middle Passage, as well as the stories of women who led slave revolts in Colonial New York. We also follow Rebecca’s own story as the legacy of slavery shapes her life, both during her time as a successful attorney and later as a historian seeking the past that haunts her.

Date: Thursday, March 21
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. CDT 
Register for Zoom at WAKE The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts by Rebecca Hall

Hybrid Lecture: the women who built omaha

Dr. Eileen Wirth, professor emeritus of jounalism at creighton university, author 

Omaha’s first female tycoon will probably never make the local Business Hall of Fame because she made her fortune in the world’s oldest profession. But Anna Wilson, Omaha’s most famous madam, invested her profits from her downtown brothel in real estate then left them to charity.

She’s one of many women leaders profiled by Wirth, who describes how Omaha’s women not only founded or co-founded top businesses like Nebraska Furniture Mart (Rose Blumkin) and Mutual of Omaha (Mabel Criss) but how wealthy widows invested their money in starting signature local institutions such as Creighton University and Joslyn Art Museum.  This intriguing presentation is based on Wirth’s book of the same title.

Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Where: South Omaha Campus, CAM Bldg, Room 120
 

Additional Information:

Contact: interculturaled@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information.

Accommodations: Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact International/Intercultural Education, interculturaled@mccneb.edu, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.

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