Toward a More Perfect Democracy—First in a 4-part series exploring the history and future of the struggle for suffrage and political voice.
Join us for a lively, thought-provoking presentation with an opportunity to ask your questions on the topic. A light meal will be served at 5:30 pm followed by a panel discussion with experts, Gen Z voices, and audience Q & A.
March 19, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Imperfect Democracy: How social inequality has undermined the implementation of our democratic ideals.
Panelists: Dr. Peter Pihos and Jewell Praying Wolf James
Moderator: Dr. Kate Destler
Recognizing that the 19th amendment was a milestone within an ongoing struggle rather than a final victory, this 4-part series will address the broader scope of the struggle for universal suffrage and political agency in the United States.
Speakers will address strategies used to exclude portions of the population from participation in democracy, as well as the past experiences and ongoing challenges of marginalized groups in our community.
The series is co-sponsored by the LWV of Bellingham/Whatcom County, the Whatcom Museum and the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education.
Scheduled on the 3rd Thursday evening of the month, March - June, each of the four discussions will include refreshments, a moderated panel of experts and a Q&A session led by a team of young voters who will inherit the world we shape today.
Dr. Kate Destler, WWU Political Science professor will moderate each session which will take place on the third Thursday of the month in the Rotunda Room of the Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall.
Dr. Josh Cerretti, WWU History professor will lead Decolonizing Bellingham walking tours on April 17 and May 22 to enhance the series and highlight issues in our local history.