Two Upcoming Events in Utah, Featuring Women Who Had a Tremendous Impact on UT History

 
All artwork by Amelie Chabannes

All artwork by Amelie Chabannes

 

We are very excited for two special events we’re hosting next week in Utah, in partnership with our local partner Better Days 2020, and supported by a fellowship award from the Utah Humanities Council- at the Salt Lake City Public Library on April 22, and the Uintah County Library in Vernal, UT, on April 23.

In addition to screening the UNLADYLIKE2020 trailer and a sneak peek of the first film of the series about Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman pilot, UNLADYLIKE2020’s series creator and director Charlotte Mangin be giving a presentation on two amazing women featured in the series: Native American civil rights activist, author and musician Zitkala-Ša, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, whose Sun Dance opera was first performed in Vernal, UT, and the first female state senator, Martha Hughes Cannon. Charlotte Mangin will not only share her research on these women, but also speak about the creative process behind creating animated documentary films about them for the series.

Following the presentation, each event will have a fantastic panel of women who will bring Cannon’s and Zitkala-Ša’s stories into the present through sharing their own experiences and perspective on these two women’s work.

In Salt Lake City, the panel will include:

  • Charlotte Mangin, UNLADYLIKE2020’s series creator, director, and producer

  • Jane Hafen, Professor Emerita of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and editor of a collection of Zitkala-Ša’s writings Dreams and Thunder

  • Holly Richardson, former member of Utah’s House of Representatives, Communications Director for Hope Humanitarian, a columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune, and an award-winning blogger

In Vernal, the panel will include:

  • Charlotte Mangin, UNLADYLIKE2020's series creator, director, and producer

  • Jane Hafen, Professor Emerita of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and editor of a collection of Zitkala-Ša’s writings Dreams and Thunder, and other special guests

  • Cheryl Lone Bear, Ute beadworker and historic preservationist

  • Sonja Norton, the first female mayor of Vernal and entrepreneur

Check out the facebook events for the SLC event here, and Vernal’s here, and spread the word to your friends in Utah! And stay tuned for more info on the films about these two incredible women in 2020!