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The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, in partnership with the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, will host an “inclusive book group” on Friday, March 13, focused on A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by New York Times best-selling author Therese Anne Fowler.
The novel shares the story of Alva Smith, later Alva Vanderbilt and then Alva Belmont. Belmont funded the National Woman’s Party, which fought for women’s suffrage at the federal level.
The book group will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Central Library’s Vanderbilt Poetry Room, 612A. The program is free and open to the public; tea and cookies will be provided.
The life of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont also will be explored during a March 19 lecture by author Joan Marie Johnson, who serves as director of faculty in the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University. Johnson’s lecture has been organized by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center in partnership with the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. The event is sponsored by the Division of Government and Community Relations. The lecture, titled “Race, Rights and the Woman Suffrage Movement: The Stories of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Irene Moorman and Rose Schneiderman,” begins at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Room 202, and is free and open to the public.
To learn more about the March 13 book group, visit the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center website. For more information on events related to the 19th Amendment, visit the 19th Amendment Centennial website.