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Public Affairs Programs

The Citizen's Senate Premiere

Free with Advance Registration​

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

On January 21, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute premiered The Citizen’s Senate, a new educational program that features a combination of archival footage and live performance in order to highlight key moments in American history when citizens have compelled the U.S. Senate to act.

The first installment examined the struggles and ultimate success of the final decade of the women’s suffrage movement. The event included a reception, performance of the program, and panel discussion moderated by Roberta Wollons, Ph.D., Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The conversation included:

Paula Austin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies, Boston University

Susan Ware, Ph.D., Honorary Women’s Suffrage Centennial Historian, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University

The Citizen’s Senate is made possible through the generosity of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and Mass Humanities.

Institute vice president for education, visitor experience, and collections Caroline Angel Burke opened the program with welcome remarks.

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