Women’s historian to be featured as speaker for Schmidlapp Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Studies


Marshall University will present the 2020 Charlotte Schmidlapp Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Studies, featuring author Joan Quigley, author of Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital.

Quigley’s lecture, “Until Full and Final Victory: Mary Church Terrell and the Battle for Equality,” will be Friday, March 6, at Foundation Hall on the Huntington campus. A reception begins beforehand at 6:30 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 7 p.m.  Books will be available for purchase.

“Mary Church Terrell was an educator and a writer who championed both civil rights and women’s suffrage,” said Dr. Laura Michele Diener, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Marshall. “As Joan Quigley will discuss, Terrell’s life’s work illuminates the complexity of American activism and the need to keep advocating for justice for all people. As we celebrate 100 years of women’s constitutional right to vote in 2020, we remember her story and honor her legacy.”

The presentation is free and open to the public, with the support of the Schmidlapp family, Fifth Third Bank, as well as Marshall’s Intercultural Affairs office, Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy and John Deaver Drinko Academy.

Contact: Jean Hardiman, University Relations Specialist, 304-696-6397, jean.hardiman@marshall.edu

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