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Zamanakos Lecture “Why Women’s Votes Count: Women’s Suffrage Worldwide”


September 20, 2012
Press Release #12-106

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The History Department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is pleased to present “Why Women’s Votes Count: Women’s Suffrage Worldwide,” for its bi-annual Zamanakos lecture. On Wednesday, October 3, at 8 p.m. in the college’s St. Mary’s Hall, historian Karen Offen will discuss the complex history of women’s quest for citizenship—especially political rights—around the world. This event is co-sponsored by the History Department, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. 

Offen is an independent scholar affiliated as a Senior Scholar with the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University in California. She publishes on the history of Modern Europe, especially France and its global influence; Western thought and politics with reference to family, gender, and the relative status of women; historiography; women's history; the national, regional and global histories of feminism; and comparative history. Offen's latest book is “Globalizing Feminisms, 1789–1945” (Routledge, 2010).

The Alice Fenwick Fleury Zamanakos Endowed Lectureship in History was established in April 2008 by Arthur Zamanakos in memory of his wife, Alice. The annual lecture topics are decided each year by the History Department, with preference given to American, British, European, and Asian history. Arthur Zamanakos created the history lectureship as a lasting legacy of the couple’s love of travel and fascination with historical sites. They were both members of the Arts Alliance.