Historian to Speak on Women’s Suffrage


The women’s suffrage movement in America will be discussed by historian Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D., as part of the 2009 Medart Lecture Series at Maryville University. Wagner, known for her entertaining and inspiring presentation style, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the University Auditorium.

“Medart Series lecturers have all contributed in a meaningful and lasting way to our understanding of contemporary society,” said Germaine Murray, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the endowed program. “Each year we invite academic, scholarly and artistic figures who elevate the intellectual and cultural life of our time.”

As the nation’s foremost authority on Matilda Joslyn Gage, an often unacknowledged leader in the women’s suffrage movement, Wagner currently serves as executive director of the Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York. An early founder of a women’s studies program and longtime professor in the field, Wagner is the author of numerous books, including her most recent title, She Who Holds the Sky: Matilda Joslyn Gage.

Wagner has appeared on PBS and written for a number of PBS documentaries, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Democracy Now programs.

Upcoming Medart Lecture Series speakers include: Mark Bowden, author of the book, The Best Game Ever: The Birth of the Modern NFL, on March 11; and Naomi Susan Baron, Ph.D., author of the book, Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World, on April 6. Both lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the University Auditorium.

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Masters-Midwest category, Maryville students may choose from 50 academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Among recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. More than 15,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.