Read, Listen, Learn, and Dialogue Together

SPEAK is a lecture and discussion series that aims to bring in authors, thought leaders, and speakers each year. We hope to engage the youth of our community by bringing in at least one youth-oriented speaker per year.

Through the SPEAK initiative, EVPL hopes to further our vision of communities united through shared exploration and understanding by supporting and encouraging conversation. Empathy and compassion are grown through words, whether spoken or written.
SPEAK encourages our community to speak up and speak together.

The EVPL Foundation is our main sponsor for this series, but we hope you will consider giving to SPEAK.

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2020 Speaker Lineup

Elaine Weiss

In collaboration with other organizations, Votes for Women: 1920 – 2020 will feature author and journalist Elaine Weiss.

To commemorate 100 years since the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, the League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana will present Votes for Women: 1920 – 2020 on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the Victory Theatre.

Author of The Women’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, Elaine Weiss has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her work has been featured in The Atlantic, New York Times, and Boston Globe.

An account of the 1920 ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted voting rights to women, The Women’s Hour traces the culmination of seven decades of legal battles and cites the pivotal contributions of famous suffragists and political leaders.

Indiana’s Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will also make remarks at Votes for Women: 1920 – 2020. Lt. Gov. Crouch serves as Chair of the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial.

This event is made possible through generous support from sponsors like Deaconess Women’s Hospital, University of Evansville, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, and Scripps Howard Foundation.

Doors will open at 1:00 pm.



EVPL Staff

With 8 locations throughout Vanderburgh County, EVPL is ready to discover, explore, and connect WITH you! We encourage you to uncover new things, revisit old favorites, and to engage with us along the way.