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Local Author Celebration Series: Caitlin Cass

Wednesday, June 19, 2024
5:30 pm7:00 pm

Castle & Cathedral District presents:

Local Author Celebration Series featuring Caitlin Cass, author of "Suffrage Song: The Haunted History of Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the U. S."
Where: Carriage House on the Joslyn Castle & Garden Grounds (3902 Davenport Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68131).
When: Wed, June 19th from 5:30 to 7:00 (Doors open at 5pm).
What: This event is free and open to the public – an all-ages event.

New Yorker contributing cartoonist Caitlin Cass traces the fight for suffrage in the U.S. from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This intersectional history of women and voting rights chronicles the suffrage movement's triumphs, setbacks, and problematic aspects.

"She put in her work, but there's so much left to do." Begun in the Antebellum era, the song of suffrage was a rallying cry across the nation that would persist over a century. Capturing the spirit of this refrain, New Yorker contributing cartoonist Caitlin Cass pens a sweeping history of women's suffrage in the U.S. — a kaleidoscopic story akin to a triumphant and mournful protest song that spans decades and echoes into the present.

In Suffrage Song, Cass takes a critical, intersectional approach to the movement's history — celebrating the pivotal, hard-fought battles for voting rights while also laying bare the racist compromises suffrage leaders made along the way. She explores the multigenerational arc of the movement, humanizing key historical figures from the early days of the suffrage fight (Susan B. Anthony, Frances Watkins Harper), to the dawn of the "New Women" (Alice Paul, Mary Church Terrell), to the Civil Rights era (Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker). Additionally, this book sheds light on less chronicled figures such as Zitkala-Ša and Mabel Ping Hua-Lee, whose stories reveal the complex racial dynamics that haunt this history.

About Caitlin Cass:
Caitlin Cass is an American artist whose comics often reckon with America's thorny history. Cass's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Lily, and The Nib. She was a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction, and her 2020 solo exhibition "Women's Work" was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Illustration, and Time-Based Media at the University of Nebraska Omaha.