April 8, 2017

Featured Speaker

Kelly Wilz

Politicking While Female

Kelly Wilz is an associate professor of Communication/Theatre Arts and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County. Her research and teaching explore the intersections of education, media literacy, gender, politics, democracy, and popular culture. The focus of her primary research is on rhetorical constructions of gender, violence, and dissent within the context of U.S. war culture and American politics. Related topics of interest include how dehumanizing and demonizing rhetoric extend beyond war to broader patterns of social violence based on intersectional discourses of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and other identity markers. Kelly's publications have appeared in multiple edited collections and top-tiered journals such as Rhetoric & Public Affairs and Global Media Journal. Her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Feministing, and other media outlets.

Wilz staff page

Youth Grants

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Public Affairs Speaker

Sheri Carter

Alder, District 14, Madison Common Council  

Sheri Carter is a life long Madisonian and an alumna of West High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Sheri was elected in 2015, making her one of the first African American woman elected to the Madison Common Council.

Over the past 15 years, Sheri has been actively involved in the Madison community. Prior to her election as Alder, Sheri served as the President of Arbor Hills Neighborhood Association for over 10 years, initiated several community projects in Arbor Hills and worked closely with the Leopold Neighborhood Association.

In 2008 she launched the "See something, Say something, Make the Call" campaign in Arbor Hills.  She has worked closely with Penn Park Partners to increase summer programs in Penn Park. In addition, Sheri served as President of South Metropolitan Planning Council and became very aware of other neighborhood's projects and concerns. In addition, Sheri was part of the Nine Springs Health Assessment Committee working with the Public Health of Madison/Dane County staff and community residents.


Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic. 

Cohen, Nancy L. Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2016. 

Fitzpatrick, Ellen F. The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016. 

Gillibrand, Kirsten and Elizabeth Weil. Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World. New York: Ballantine Books, 2014. 

Sandberg, Sheryl. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. 

Sive, Rebecca. Every Day is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2013. 

Traister, Rebecca. All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.

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