Wednesday, March 4 | 7 p.m.
Cook Series Event: The Long Road to Women’s Suffrage in Kansas
Location: Cook Theatre, Cloud County Community College, Concordia campus

In celebration of Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, Diane Eickhoff will present “The Long Road to Women’s Suffrage in Kansas."


In the struggle for women’s rights, Kansas was at the forefront for decades, granting women the right to vote in 1912, some eight years before the 19th Amendment was ratified by the states.  Three statewide initiatives for voting rights failed, and it took more than half a century of struggle in Kansas before suffrage was granted. Eickhoff’s presentation will explore the courageous individuals who challenged the powerful interests opposed to electoral reform and explore other “firsts” that women achieved on the road to suffrage.


Diane Eickhoff is an independent historian, writer, and editor of education materials. Her most recent historical biography, Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women’s Rights, is published by Quindaro Press.


Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Cook Series Event: Lessons of the Kent State Shootings: The 50th Anniversary
Location: Cook Theatre, Cloud County Community College, Concordia campus

A poster for the film, "Kent State: 50 Years Later." 

Four Dead in Ohio: A Day that Changed History and Activism

“It is by design, not by accident, that college students today are strapped with tuition debt and minimum wage jobs and given little opportunity to serve as the conscience of America. They’re going to keep you busy. They’re going to keep you quiet so they can brand you the apathetic generation.”
-Chic Canfora, Kent State survivor

On May 4, 1970, four students were killed and nine wounded while protesting the Vietnam War on the campus of Kent State University. Fifty years later, we commemorate a day that changed history and activism. In this riveting program, survivors share their first-hand accounts, their pursuit of justice in the aftermath, and how the legacy and lessons learned of the anti-war movement continue to influence Black Lives Matter, March for Our Lives, Me Too, climate change activism and other modern movements.