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ULM hosts voting rights reading and discussion program

Published July 11, 2022

MONROE, LA – The University of Louisiana at Monroe invites the campus and community to join a reading and discussion program titled Who Gets to Vote?

This program fosters conversations about US voting history and voter suppression. It explores how voting rights’ history intersects with the present. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities selected ULM as one of six geographically diverse sites to receive a grant to participate in their program.  

“We are very honored to be awarded this grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and to be able to bring this important conversation to northeast Louisiana,” said Dr. Leigh Hersey, ULM assistant professor of political science. 

The discussions are free and open to the public at ULM’s Library, Room 458. Beginning in July, attendees will discuss a new book each month through October. Everyone is welcome to participate, even those who have not read the selected book. 

The discussion dates and books include:

  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 12 – The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present by Allan J. Lichtman
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 23 – The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 20 – Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy by Gary May
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 – Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones

Register for a free copy of the books and all corresponding discussions by emailing Meredith McKinnie at mckinnie@ulm.edu. There is a limited number of complimentary books for each session, but everyone can attend the discussions. 


Want to go?

WHAT: Who Gets to Vote: Conversations on Voting Rights in America

WHEN: 5 p.m. July 12 and 6 p.m. August 23, September 20 and October 11 

WHERE: ULM Library Room 458

COST: Free and open to the public

REGISTER: Email Meredith McKinnie at mckinnie@ulm.edu to register and receive a free copy of the books