Events Calendar

Tue, Aug 18 12:00 PM 2020
Lara Vapnek on Smithsonian Natural Portrait Gallery Instagram Live
Event type: Lecture
Portrait Gallery historian Kate Clarke Lemay and Professor Lara Vapnek, author of Breadwinners: Working Women and Economic Independence 1865-1920, will delve into the long history of suffrage activism in the United States. On Aug. 18, 1920, the movement for women’s voting rights culminated in Tennessee’s vote to ratify the 19th amendment, providing the two-thirds majority of states needed for the amendment to become law. The conversation will highlight Leonora O’Reilly, a “working girl” from New York City who became a leading suffrage advocate, and whose portrait is in the museum’s collection. This conversation will also serve as an early celebration of Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26. 

Watch on their Instagram at @smithsoniannpg 


Mon, Aug 24 11:00 AM 2020
Community Centered Journalism by Andrea Wenzel Book Launch Event
Event type: Lecture
Join author Andrea Wenzel for a panel discussion to launch her new book Community-Centered Journalism: Engaging People, Exploring Solutions, and Building Trust. 


Sarah Alvarez, Founder and Executive Editor of Outlier Media,

Alicia Bell, Free Press’ News Voices Organizing Manager

jesikah maria ross, Senior Community Engagement Strategist at Capital Public Radio.

Thu, Sep 3 1:00 PM 2020
Anya Jabour at Hull House Museum Online
Event type: Lecture
Join Hull-House virtually for Jane Addams 160 birthday celebration! Author Anya Jabour’s new biography, Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women’s Activism in Modern America (University of Illinois Press/ 2019) highlights Sophonisba Breckinridge’s remarkable career as an educator and activist. Breckinridge, a native of Kentucky, spent her adult life in Chicago, where she became a tireless advocate of social justice. A close colleague of Jane Addams and a Hull-House resident, she advocated for labor legislation for workers, voting rights for women, social services for immigrants, civil rights for blacks, and financial support for poor families. Breckinridge took part in virtually every reform campaign of the Progressive and New Deal eras and became a nationally and internationally renowned figure. Her work informed women’s activism for decades and continues to shape progressive politics today.

Thu, Sep 3 7:00 PM 2020
"From Slave Cabins to the White House" Virtual Book Launch: A Conversation with Koritha Mitchell and Brittney Cooper
Event type: Lecture

Join Koritha Mitchell and Brittney Cooper for a virtual book launch event celebrating Mitchell’s new book From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture on September 3rd at 7pm ET on the first Thursday of ASALH. Book sales will be handled by Semicolon, a Black woman-owned bookstore and gallery space in Chicago. Books can be purchased from their Bookshop page here.
About the Book:
Koritha Mitchell analyzes canonical texts by and about African American women to lay bare the hostility these women face as they invest in traditional domesticity. Instead of the respectability and safety granted white homemakers, Black women endure pejorative labels, racist governmental policies, attacks on their citizenship, and aggression meant to keep them in "their place." Tracing how African Americans define and redefine success in a nation determined to deprive them of it, Mitchell plumbs the works of Frances Harper, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Toni Morrison, Michelle Obama, and others. These artists honor Black homes from slavery and post-Emancipation through the Civil Rights era to "post-racial" America. Mitchell follows Black families asserting their citizenship in domestic settings while the larger society and culture marginalize and attack them, not because they are deviants or failures but because they meet American standards. 
About the Author:
Koritha Mitchell is author of Living with Lynching (U of Illinois Press, 2011), which won book awards from the American Theatre and Drama Society and from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. An associate professor of English at Ohio State University, Mitchell is also editor of the Broadview Edition of Frances E. W. Harper's 1892 novel Iola LeroyShe has lectured at the Library of Congress, and her commentary has appeared in outlets such as CNN, Good Morning America, BitchHuffington PostRolling Stone, and NPR's Morning Edition. Follow her @ProfKori.
About Brittney Cooper: 
Brittney Cooper is Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. Cooper is the author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (U of Illinois Press, 2017), winner of the Organization of American Historians Merle Curti Prize for Best Book in U.S. Intellectual History. She is also author of the New York Times Bestselling Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin's Press, 2018). Professor Cooper has been named to The Root 100 multiple times, most recently in 2018. She is a frequent commentator for MSNBC and her work has been featured in the New York TimesTime Magazine, the Washington PostBETEssence MagazineThe Root and many other publications. Follow her @ProfessorCrunk.

Mon, Dec 14 1:00 PM 2020
Anya Jabour at The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House Online
Event type: Lecture
This season’s line-up for the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House Monday Lecture Series features ten guest speakers covering a range of timely topics inspired by the life, work, and legacy of Susan B. Anthony.  This season will be presented online, with each presentation offered to registered guests at 1pm ET. Join Anya Jabour, author of "Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women's Activism in Modern America," for the December lecture, Relationships and Rights: Sophonisa Breckinridge, Same-Sex Relationships , and Women’s Activism in Modern America.

Sat, Apr 3 8:00 PM 2021
Stephen Wade at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
Event type: Performance
Stephen Wade, author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, will perform at the Old Town School of Folk Music.


The University of Illinois Press attends scholarly conferences and trade book shows throughout North America each year. A list of our meetings follows. Stop by our booth to browse, to buy, or to speak to one of our acquisition editors or staff. For further information, contact Exhibits Manager Margo Chaney.