LACS offers virtual conference next week

Topic is history of women’s voting rights in Luxembourg, U.S.

This year’s 14th annual Cultural Conference, presented by the Luxembourg American Cultural Society, celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage movements with “Votes for Women: 100 Years of Voting Rights in Luxembourg and the United States.”

The conference, typically held in Wisconsin as a part of Luxembourg Fest activities, will instead be online for the first time, from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, and noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, with experts speaking from the U.S. and Luxembourg.

Presenters will explore the history of women’s voting rights, tell stories of how individuals built upon each other’s successes and discuss similarities and differences between the events simultaneously occurring on different continents.

Luxembourg signed universal suffrage into law in 1919, and the U.S. ratified women’s suffrage into law in 1920.

Pre-registration is required at www.lacs.lu/culturalconference. All registered attendees will receive a recording to view the conference. 

The conference is sponsored by the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture, Michels Family Trust and a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, which enables the LACS to offer the conference for a $5 technology fee.

All in-person activities for Luxembourg Fest Week were canceled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The fest plans to resume traditional activities Aug. 13 to 15 in 2021.

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