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2020-2021 Think Forum Speakers

Upcoming Lectures

Martha S. Jones - Author, Historian, Professor at The Johns Hopkins University 

Headshot image of historian Martha S. Jones

Topic: Vanguard: African American Women and the Road from Suffrage to Voting Rights

October 22, 2020, 6:00 p.m. 

Presented as the Carl W. Ubbelohde Lecture in partnership with the CWRU History Associates and the Department of History. 

Community Partner: League of Women Voters

Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. She is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy.  

Professor Jones is the author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (2020) and Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (2018). Her writing frequently appears in other publications, including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, Public Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Time. In addition, she has collaborated on a variety of museum, film and video productions.

For more information, view a resource guide about Martha S. Jones prepared by Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library. 

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