For Immediate Release—Thursday, January 25, 2007

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SUNY Geneseo Offers Lectures, Trips to Historical Sites in Honor of Susan B. Anthony's Legacy

Geneseo, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo continues to mark the 100-year anniversary of Susan B. Anthony's death with its yearlong commemoration, "Susan B. Anthony: Women's Rights, Women's Power."  This semester, students will have opportunities to celebrate the life and achievements of Anthony through trips to sites significant to the women's rights movement throughout the local area.

The first of the women's rights themed trips will be to The Susan B. Anthony House on Feb. 10. The Susan B. Anthony House was the home of Anthony during her most politically active years. It also was the location where Anthony was arrested for voting in 1872. 

The second trip, which is a tour of Underground Railroad sites in the area, will take place Feb. 24. Students will tour the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, N.Y., as well as the homes of other individuals and families who played major roles in the operation of the Underground Railroad.

The third trip, scheduled to take place March 3, will take Geneseo students to the National Women's Rights Historical Park and the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., which memorialize the political path traveled by women since the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848. 

"In many respects, Susan B. Anthony was a 19th century 'young activist' who modeled precisely what Geneseo expects from our students," says Celia Easton, professor of English and chair of the Susan B. Anthony Year Committee. "She thought critically about social justice, she was engaged intellectually in movements for women's rights and abolition and she actively pursued the causes she espoused."

On top of the trips planned to coincide with the Susan B. Anthony theme, the college will offer lectures, art exhibits and other events aimed at preserving and remembering the legacy Anthony left behind.

Among these events include a one-woman production based on the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, performed by Patricia Lewis Brown. This performance will be at 8 p.m. March 7 in the Robert Sinclair Theatre in Brodie Hall. Brown graduated from Geneseo in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in drama and received her master's degree in theatre arts from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Joanne Meyerowitz, professor of history and American studies at Yale University and an Organization of American Historians distinguished professor, will present a lecture titled, "Another Fifties: Rewriting the History of Women in Postwar America." The lecture will be on April 21. The time and location are yet to be announced.  Meyerowitz is the author of "Women Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930," and "How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States."

Anthony, who was born in 1820 and died 100 years ago in 1906, changed the way Americans thought about women, democracy, civil rights and politics. She began her career as a public school teacher, fighting for equal pay for female teachers. After making her home in Rochester in 1849, Anthony advocated for the temperance movement, but found that male leaders excluded women's voices. She met Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1851 and joined the women's rights movement, linking her fight for women's rights with the struggle to abolish slavery. Anthony quickly became a leading speaker, writer and organizer for the women's suffrage movement.

The theme year was initiated and is supported by the Office of the Provost.  For more information on these and other events go to sba.geneseo.edu.

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Written by Joe Mignano, public relations intern in the Office of Communications and Publications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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