CET/ThinkTV The Vote: preview+panel

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June 25, 2020
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Join CET and ThinkTV on Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m. for a virtual sneak preview of the new American Experience series The Vote before it premieres in July on PBS. After the one-hour preview, a panel of local experts will discuss the program.

Panelists will include Dr. Kimberly Hamlin, Dianne Herman, Valerie Lee, and moderator Mary Kate Genis.

We are grateful for the generosity from The Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation; The Stephen H. Wilder Foundation; and Francie and John Pepper for making this event possible.

We thank our regional partners that include the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati area, and the Dayton League of Women Voters.


Premieres Monday and Tuesday, July 6-7, 2020 on PBS.

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.

In its final decade, from 1909 to 1920, movement leaders wrestled with contentious questions about the most effective methods for affecting social change. They debated the use of militant, even violent tactics, as well as hunger strikes and relentless public protests. The battle for the vote also upended previously accepted ideas about the proper role of women in American society and challenged the definitions of citizenship and democracy.

Exploring how and why millions of 20th-century Americans mobilized for — and against — women’s suffrage, The Vote brings to life the unsung leaders of the movement and the deep controversies over gender roles and race that divided Americans then — and continue to dominate political discourse today.

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  • Moderator Avatar
    Laura Letton

    Laura Letton joined ThinkTV/CET in September 2017 and is the Major and Planned Giving Director.

  • Co-Moderator Avatar
    Dan Virzi


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    Moderator: Mary Kate Genis


    Vice President of Development (volunteer), League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area

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    Panelist: Dr. Kimberly Hamlin


    Kimberly A. Hamlin, PhD is an award-winning historian, speaker, and writer. Her book, Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener reveals the fascinating story of the “fallen woman” who reinvented herself and became the “most potent factor” in Congressional passage of the 19th Amendment. Free Thinker received support from a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Award and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. Appointed to the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer Bureau, Hamlin speaks about the history of women, gender, and sex across the country. A regular contributor to the Washington Post, Hamlin’s research has also been featured in NPR and CBC radio, Vice, qz.com, among other outlets, and she has contributed to several PBS documentaries. Hamlin is currently helping to organize commemorations of the 2020 suffrage centennial, and she serves as historical consultant to the Bearded Lady Project, now on view at the National Museum of Natural History. Hamlin lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where she co-hosts the Mercantile Library’s “Women You Should Know” Book Series and teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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    Panelist: Dianne Herman


    Dianne Herman is a retired social worker, who worked with children and adolescents with behavioral health issues and was also a part-time instructor for almost 30 years at Sinclair Community College, where she taught classes in the Sociology department. Dianne has been a volunteer with the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area since her retirement and she currently coordinates the Speakers Bureau for the League, providing community education programs in the community.

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    Panelist: Valerie Lee


    Valerie Lee is a retired school psychologist who has transitioned to volunteer service in organizations such as the Greater Dayton League of Women Voters. She is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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