USD Conversation: Constitution Day and the 19th Amendment

The University of San Diego’s College of Arts of and Sciences hosted its latest edition of the “USD Conversations” online series on Sept. 17. This series is a routine opportunity for faculty, alumni and friends of USD to share their insights on current events and timely themes.

The Sept. 17 conversation, titled, “Constitution Day and the 19th Amendment,” took place on the national celebration of Constitution Day. This was a great opportunity to listen to History Professor Emerita Iris Engstrand, PhD, discuss the history and significance of the 19th Amendment, mention impactful women who helped pave the way for it and also what role the amendment plays in an election year.

This year, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s constitutional right to vote.

Engstrand’s talk was for a little more than 30 minutes, followed by a quick Q&A with the Zoom audience who listened. Moderating the talk was USD Political Science and International Relations Professor Del Dickson, PhD, JD.

Enjoy this USD Conversation. If interested in listening to other episodes of USD Conversations, which date back to April 2020, please visit the webpage for information on those talks and links to the videos.

Sept. 23 Event: Bergman Memorial Lecture on 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote

The USD School of Law will present a panel discussion on Zoom to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from noon to 2 p.m. This event is open to the public, USD faculty, administrators and all undergraduate, graduate and law students. 

This event, which serves as the 2020 Jane Ellen Bergman Memorial Lecture Series on Women, Children and Human Rights, will feature three panelists — Honorable Cathy Ann Bencivengo, U.S. District Court's Southern District of California; Dora Rose, deputy director, League of Women Voters of California, and Taina Vargas-Edmond, co-founder and executive director of Initiate Justice. The discussion will be moderated by USD School of Law Professor Miranda McGowan.

For more information and to register for this free event, please visit the lecture's webpage.


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