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“Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema”

“Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema”
A film and discussion program

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
at 6 p.m.
Ragtag Theatre,  10 Hitt Street

Admission is free.

Historian and writer Kay Sloan has unearthed and assembled rare films that open a historic window onto how women’s suffrage was represented in early American cinema—from Charlie Chaplin in drag to a fiery and prescient speech from president of the Women’s Political Union, Harriet Stanton Blatch.

Following the film showing, there will be discussion featuring Kay Sloan, the film director, via Skype, and Professor Kerri Yost, associate professor of Digital Film Making at Stephens College.

At this event, Brianna Lennon, Boone County Clerk, will provide an opportunity for voter registration.

The program free and open to the public thanks to a generous donation from a League member.

This program is one of a series of films in which the League of Women Voters is partnering with Ragtag Cinema in this anniversary year of Women’s Right to Vote.


Replacing Boone County’s Voting Equipment

Replacing Boone County’s Voting Equipment
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
12:00 Noon
Lunch & Learn
Columbia Public Library Friends Room


Guest Speaker:
Brianna Lennon, Boone County Clerk

Boone County’s current voting equipment is over twelve years old and is in need of replacing. Voting equipment is a critical part of elections administration and a huge long-term investment, so it is important that voters, poll workers, civic organizations, and disability advocates are all a part of the conversation.

Prior to her election as County Clerk, Brianna served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office before joining the Missouri Secretary of State’s office as Deputy Director of Elections and first coordinator of the Election Integrity Unit.

This event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch or purchase snacks at the library kiosk.


General Election Forums


LWV Candidate and Ballot Issue Forums

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway
6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. refreshments)

Candidates for the following districts:

 State Rep., 44th District – Tom Pauley (D) and Cheri Reisch (R)
State Rep., 46th District – Martha Stevens (D) and Don Waterman (R)
State Rep., 47th District – Susan McClintock (D) and Chuck Basye (R)


State Senate, 19th District – Stephen Webber (D) and Caleb Rowden (R)

Constitutional Amendment 6 – “Photo Voter ID” – Pro and Con

KFRU’s David Lile will moderate this forum.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway
6:30 p.m. (6:00 p.m. refreshments)

Candidates for the following:

State Rep., 45th District – Kip Kendrick (D) and William Ray Lee (I)

Northern Boone County Commissioner – Janet Thompson (D) and Brenndan Riddles (R)
Southern Boone County District – Brianna Lennon (D) and Fred Parry (R)

We will also present pro and con positions for Amendment 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Proposition A.

KFRU’s Renee Hulshof will moderate this forum.


Primary Election Forums

Primary Election Forums
(Contested Races)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Columbia Public Library — Friends Room
6:30 p.m. (refreshments at 6:00 p.m.)

Moderator: Renee Hulshoff, KFRU

Boone County Commissioner – Southern District
Democrats: Ted Farnen, Trevor Fowler, Brianna Lennon, Ann Peters, and Sid Sullivan
Republicans: Matt Cavanaugh, Fred Parry and  James Pounds


Thursday, July 14, 2016
Columbia Public Library — Friends Room
6:30 p.m. (refreshments at 6:00 p.m.)

Moderator: David Lile, KFRU

13th Judicial Court
Democrats: Deborah Daniels and Jeff Harris

State House of Representatives, District 46
Democrats: Cathy Richards and Martha Stevens

Boone County Public Administrator
Democrats: Sonja Boone and Chimene Schwach

Ballot Issues

Prop. 1 – Proposed increase in Columbia Hotel Tax

Pro: Matt McCormick, Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Con: Glyn Laverick, Columbia Hotel Association

Prop. 2 – Continuation of Sales Tax on sales of out of state vehicle purchases
Mike Matthes, Columbia City Manager


The public is invited to these election forums, cosponsored by the Columbia Public Library. The date of the primary election is August 2, 2016.