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Celebrating Women's Work: 100 Years of suffrage

 Dr. Mary Frances Berry


For more than four decades, Dr. Mary Frances Berry has been one of the most visible and respected activists in the cause of civil rights, gender equality and social justice. Serving as Chairperson of the US Civil Rights Commission, Dr. Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four Presidential administrations. A trailblazer for women and African-Americans alike, she also became the first woman of any race to head a major research university as Chancellor of the Univeristy of Colorado at Boulder. She is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches the history of American law and the history of law and social policy.

Dr. Berry made history as one of the founders of the monumental Free South Africa Movement (FSAM). She received the Nelson Mandela award from the South African Government for her role in organizing the FSAM, raising global awareness of South African injustice that helped to end over 40 years of apartheid. She also served as Assistant Secretary for Education in the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, working to make these historically inequitable systems achieve a new level of fairness. A prolific author, Dr. Berry’s books cover a wide range of subjects, from the history of constitutional racism in America to the history of progressive activism. Her latest  book, History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times, examines the successful tactics of movements that ended the Vietnam War, jump started government response to the AIDS epidemic, championed the Americans with Disabilities Act and advanced civil, women’s and LGBTQ rights—all of which she was a part of.  Her previous book, Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama’s Speeches, from the State House to the White House, offers insight and historical context of President Obama’s most memorable speeches. 

A moving speaker who makes history come alive, Dr. Berry believes that each generation has the responsibility to make a dent in the wall of injustice. She continues to speak boldly for those who can’t speak for themselves and motivates all of us to take action. Her clarion call challenges everyone to stand up, stand tall and to never give up the fight.

Celebrating Women's Work: 100 Years of Suffrage

This event is a celebration of the 100th anniversary since the passing of the 19th Amendment which is when women started having the right to vote. You will learn about some of the historical women and events that have fueled the progress of women's rights over the last 100 years. We will also shed light on the progress yet to be made and empower you to take action.

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (MST)

Location: Virtually Via Zoom (Zoom links will be sent to attendees the day before the event)

Cost: $10


Event Agenda

1:00 PM     Welcome
                  Andrea Bakeberg, Celebrating Women's Work Committee Co-Chair
                  Dr. Laurie S. Nichols, President, Black Hills State University
                  Dr. Jim Rankin, President, South Dakota Mines

1:10 PM     History of South Dakota Women's Suffrage
                  Kelly Kirk, Instructor of History/Director of Honors Program, Black Hills State University

1:30 PM     Mary Frances Berry's How-to Handbook for Achieving Political Change
                   Dr. Mary Frances Berry

Drawing from her latest book, History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times, Mary Frances Berry shares the winning tactics of successful movements that ended the Vietnam War, jump started government response to the AIDS epidemic, championed the Americans with Disabilities Act and advanced civil, women’s and LGBTQ rights—all of which she was a part of. Speaking as both a renowned historian and courageous activist that locked arms at sit-ins and served time in jail, Dr. Berry chronicles more than 50 years of progressive victories and the winning tactics behind them. Believing that “people shouldn’t think that they can’t succeed now,” she reveals what works, what doesn’t—and what we all must do to achieve change in our communities, country and world.

2:15 PM     BREAK

2:30 PM    Breakout Sessions (Choose one; we will have a separate Zoom link for each breakout session) 

  1.  Indigenous Suffrage, Intersectionality, and Barriers Faced by Indigenous Women Voters
        Dr. Ann Tweedy, Assoc. Professor of Law, University of South Dakota
    1. This session will explore the history of indigenous suffrage in the U.S. and some of the current challenges. It will highlight the stories of Native female voters and examine some of the barriers that they face to voting.
  2. American Women Artists in the Mid-Century Modern
        Desy Schoenewies, Assoc. Professor of Art, Black Hills State University  
    1. As the art world pivoted towards the U.S. during the mid-20th century, American women artists were among the leading feminist voices for global social change. This presentation will be a brief introduction of a few American women artists working in the 1940s through the 1960s whose powerful ideas sill resonate today.

3:15 PM     BREAK

3:30 PM    Breakout Sessions (Choose one; we will have a separate Zoom link for each breakout session) 

  1. Leadership without Authority
        Deb Wolf, Director of Educational Outreach, Sanford Underground Research Facility / Black Hills State University  
    1. Leadership is a choice you make rather than a position you hold. Leadership is about influencing decision-making rather than about control. Leadership can be bottom-up in nature rather than top-down. Although it is possible to lead BECAUSE you have been given authority, leading doesn't require authority. Aspiring leaders should focus more on opportunities to influence decision-making rather than on the lack of control they might feel. In this session, we will explore the characteristics of leading without authority, how to identify opportunities to lead, and practicing the skills needed to do so.
  2.  Own Your Seat at the Table
         Meg Manke, COO & Dr. Rachel MK Headley, CEO of Rose Group Intl.
    1. A discussion of overcoming imposter syndrome when you are one of the women at the table. How to be heard and overcome the "good old boys" club mentality.

4:15 PM     BREAK

4:30 PM    Achieving Diversity & Opportunity in the 21st Century: Now is the Time
                   Dr. Mary Frances Berry

One hundred years ago, women won the right to vote when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified after a century of struggle. Women's suffrage did not however end gender discrimination or the fight for fairness and equality for all Americans. To achieve Diversity and Opportunity in our time demands that each of us make a dent in the wall of injustice.

5:15 PM     Closing Remarks/Ending

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Ann Tweedy, J.D.
Associate Professor of Law, University of South Dakota

Professor Ann Tweedy recently joined the faculty of USD School of Law as an Associate Professor. She is noted scholar on tribal civil rights and tribal jurisdiction. Before coming to USD she served as an in-house attorney for Muckleshoot Tribe and as an adjunct professor for University of Tulsa College of Law in its online Masters of Jurisprudence Program in Indian Law.  Ann also has prior teaching experience at Michigan State University College of Law, California Western School of Law, and Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline).  She is also an award-winning poet.  Ann holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University.


Desy Schoenewies, MFA
Associate Professor of Art, BHSU

Desy Schoenewies received her M.F.A. in painting from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2010. Her Master's thesis work consists of large scale figurative oil painting in a series titled, Interactions. In addition to oil painting, she has experience working with a number of mediums and themes, including encaustic, collage, drawing, and illustrative works. Her paintings are consistently exhibited in juried or invited exhibitions in local, national, and international shows. Desy has taught middle school and high school art in the St. Louis area for 9 years before moving to San Francisco, California in 2010. She taught art at the City College of San Francisco and was involved in a number of drawing and painting groups in California before coming to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 2012. Desy is in her ninth year of teaching art at Black Hills State University. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Rapid City Arts Council and a signature artist of the Artists of the Black Hills. Desy is also working on a research project, 56 Houses Left. The research is on the 1989-2009 land acquisition of 2000 business and residential parcels nearly a square mile wide in Bridgeton, MO by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for runway expansion. She is also an amateur radio DJ on The Buzz FM- 89.1. 

Meg Manke

Meg Manke
Senior Partner, Rose Group International

Meg Manke has years of experience in leading through transition. From major changes in highly-regulated industries to managing through $100M acquisition, Meg has refined skills in understanding people through change. Her studies in organizational psychology and mastery in leadership concepts ensure that your people are taken care of. Period. Meg has a passion for helping others realize their full potential - breaking down social and personal barriers - changing their story. Her innate ability to recognize opportunity in weakness and present a strategic solution is unprecedented in today's business world. Meg is a ranch kid from western South Dakota, where she still puts in a hard day's work on the family place. Ranch life gave her sticktoitiveness, passion for family and outdoors, and maybe a touch of stubbornness. Meg is an avid runner, an advocate of the well-rounded education of youth, and a major supporter of finding humor in all things.

Rachel Headley

Dr. Rachel MK Headley
Senior Partner, Rose Group International

Dr. Rachel MK Headley knows how to get things done. She has been in the trenches, dealing with unspoken conversations, barriers to team goals and success, and figuring out how to achieve seemingly impossible goals demanded by executive leadership. As she rose through the ranks at a global satellite mission (from intern to satellite scientist to Operational Science Officer), she managed big projects, united diverse stakeholders, guided teams through change, and led complex and ground-breaking achievements. She believes the internal experience (iX) of an organization is a leadership choice. Whether a leader dials it in or actively designed and supports it, the iX of a company is critical to nearly all measures of success - profit, employee retention, customer satisfaction, and on and on. The hallmark of business today is constant change, which is highly uncomfortable to a large number of our people.

Deb Wolf

Deb Wolf
Education & Outreach Director, Sanford Lab / Black Hills State University

Deb Wolf guides the Education and Outreach (E&O) team as they work to translate world-leading physics research into learning opportunities for K-12 students and teachers. She feels like she has the BEST job on the planet because every day she gets to connect with scientists and engineers from around the world AND with students and teachers. One of Deb’s passions is supporting teachers as they develop leadership skills to advocate for high quality science learning opportunities for all students in South Dakota. Over her 30+ years in education, Deb has been a high school science teacher in California, Nevada, and South Dakota. She has taught everything from biology to physical science to AP chemistry and has loved working with each group of students. She also served as a science instructional coach. As an instructional coach, Deb was fortunate enough to work with early-career teachers, supporting them, collaborating, and mentoring. And just prior to coming to Sanford Lab and BHSU, she worked for the South Dakota Department of Education as the state’s education innovationist. Deb has a BA in biology, chemistry, and secondary teaching from Augustana College (go Vikings!) and an MS from South Dakota State University in science education. She has been involved with Toastmasters, the South Dakota Science Teachers Association, the National Science Teachers Association, the Association for Supervisors of Curriculum and Development. Her hobbies take her outside hiking in the beautiful Black Hills, watching the wildlife, and reading on the deck at her home. Often joining her on the deck are her husband, Brad, and their two cats, Howard and Stuart.

Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series (BHSU Foundation)

About the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series:
The Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series at Black Hills State University was established in 1986 by a $150,000 gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna. In 1990 her estate provided an additional $146,469 to fund the speaker series endowment. Young was born in Gettysburg in 1903 and graduated from Faulkton High School in 1921 before embarking on a career as a teacher and a nurse. She completed her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1931 and a master’s degree in rehabilitation at Columbia University in 1951. During World War II she served as an Army nurse, receiving three battle stars during the battles of Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland. After the war she worked for the Veterans Administration in rehabilitation. After receiving her master’s degree, Young pursued a nursing career at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York. Her specialty was cancer nursing, which she pursued until retiring in 1957. Young, acquired her teaching certificate at Spearfish Normal School (later known as Black Hills State University), created an endowment for a prominent speakers program to benefit students, faculty, and citizens of the Black Hills area. The nature of selected speakers and topics are calculated to enhance and challenge the artistic, cultural, civic, educational or intellectual interests of the community.

The distinguished speaker series was initiated at the University in 1987, with an address by former United Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick. Funds from the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series have been used to bring in our keynote speaker for this event, Dr. Mary Frances Berry.

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