WITF’s Smart Talk is taking its show on the road. The Harrisburg-based public radio station hosts Smart Talk Road Trip: Celebrating Women’s History and the Right to Vote Thursday at Wilson. The program includes a look at Wilson’s role and that of its students and graduates in the fight for women’s rights through the years.
The 7 p.m. show airs live but rebroadcasts at 9 a.m. the next day. The Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology auditorium is the site for the event. Everyone is welcome to attend and asked to register. There is no admission fee.
Visitors are asked to park in the Brooks lot just inside the main Wilson entrance on U.S. 11 at Park Avenue.
Celebrating Women’s History Month
Smart Talk Road Trip celebrates Women’s History Month and marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. Hosted by WITF’s Scott LaMar, the program will feature three segments with guests:
- Segment 1: Wilson’s Amy Ensley, director of the Hankey Center for the History of Women’s Education, addresses Women’s History Month, the women’s suffrage movement and notable Wilson alumnae who contributed to the suffrage movement, including Hannah Patterson, who graduated in 1901. Patterson was one of the leaders of the Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association. She chaired the Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Party from 1912-15 before becoming secretary of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
- Segment 2: State Museum of Pennsylvania Senior Curator of History Curtis Minor and Amy Farrell, a Dickinson College professor of American studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Conversation focuses on the new exhibit, Why Not In Pennsylvania. Campaigning for Women’s Suffrage in the Keystone State, 1910-1920. In addition, Farrell will talk about the anti-suffrage movement and how fat-shaming was used to denigrate it.
- Segment 3: Pennsylvania State Representative Patty Kim and Wilson Associate Professor of Political ScienceJill Hummer. Conversation focuses on the broader role of women in politics. It includes a discussion of women and the presidency — the ultimate glass ceiling.
During the show, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.
WITF airs on FM radio at 89.5 (Harrisburg), 93.3 (Chambersburg) and 99.9 (Lancaster).
Wilson College, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC and Roof Advisory Group, a Division of Fort Pitt Capitol Group, sponsors The Smart Talk episode.