Integrated Learning Series

About the Integrated Learning Series

Integrated Learning at St. Catherine University is a multidimensional expression of an active liberal arts pedagogy. Located at the intersection of creative energy and critical reflection, the Integrated Learning Series is one way we partner academics with activism, the paper with the performance, and the campus with the community. It is the array of courses, activities, speakers, events, performances, and exhibitions that coalesce into our ways of knowing. The Integrated Learning Series is the web that binds our learning experiences together and the narratives that connect our collective community.

The Integrated Learning Series Committee invites you to our fall series. We will continue our discussion of systemic racism and the ways a liberal arts pedagogy helps to dismantle and reimagine those systems.

A Focus on Suffrage: October 2020 Integrated Learning Series Events

Suffrage is not only a victory. Rather, it initiates and extends a larger conversation about the ways in which political activism intersects with art, our perceptions of history, our experiences of systemic inequality, and our engagement in activism/democracy.

Each week will feature two to three panelists engaging with suffrage from a different perspective. A moderator will facilitate the conversation.

Additional information will be shared throughout the month related to student work, voter engagement and external resources.

This month's topic is co-sponsored by Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Women's Education and Director of the Otte Initiative in Women's Education and the Office of Scholarly Engagement.  

TPT Suffrage Documentary Sneak Peek and Q&A with Daniel Bergin

Thursday, October 1, 7–9 p.m.

  • Welcome from Dean Tarshia Stanley
  • Panelist Daniel Bergin
  • Q&A with D'Ann Urbaniak Lesch and Rafael Cervantes

Citizen explores this multigenerational march of Minnesota women for the franchise and all they hoped would come with the vote. From pioneering activists like Sarah Burger Stearns to Progressive Era leaders like Nellie Griswold Francis, the vote was seen as a mark of fuller citizenship and tool of change for concerns like healthcare, children, and women’s rights. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton acknowledged the unique role women in Minnesota played in the fight for the women’s suffrage, “Minnesota is remarkable for its galaxy of superior women actively engaged as speakers and writers in many reforms.’’

But how did tensions between Black and white, native born and immigrant, and radical and moderate mar the movement? How did Minnesota’s suffragists mirror the national effort? This chronicle of Minnesotans’ role in achieving the 19th Amendment also suggests that the 70-plus years of activism was itself an important badge of change and true democracy.

Join us for this special pre-screening of Citizen and for a conversation with the filmmaker afterwards to learn more about the ways St. Kate’s students, faculty and staff were involved in the documentary. Daniel Bergin will also be sharing his insights on the creation of this documentary, the history of Suffrage in Minnesota, and current day impact and the way we see Suffrage as relevant today.

This event will kick off the month of learning and introduce themes to be explored in subsequent weeks.

Watch Citizen

Recorded session: TPT Suffrage Documentary Sneak Peek and Q&A with Daniel Bergin

Women’s Suffrage and Systemic Inequality

Thursday, October 8, 7–8 p.m.

  • Facilitator: Taiyon J. Coleman
  • Panelists: Dr. William Green and Rachel Neiwert, PhD, History

Dr. William D. Green’s forthcoming book, Nellie Francis: fighting for racial justice and women's equality in Minnesota, retrieves Nellie Francis’s story from obscurity, giving this pioneer for gender and racial equality her due and providing a long-awaited service to the history of Black activism and civil rights, both regional and national. His book offers welcome insight into the universal, yet often unacknowledged, challenges that strong and engaged Black women are forced to endure when their drive to enact justice confronts racism, cultural pressure, and societal expectations.

Recorded session: Women's Suffrage and Systemic Inequality

Dr. William D. Green

Dr. Green received his B.A. in History from Gustavus Adolphus College, and his M.A., Ph.D. and J.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has published articles, op-ed pieces, and book chapters on history, law, and education, and he has published two books on race and civil rights in Minnesota history-A Peculiar Imbalance in Early Minnesota: 1837-1869, and Degrees of Freedom: The Origin of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1914, which won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award-Hognander Prize.

MN History Center’s Votes for Women virtual exhibit:

The Power of Visual Representation

Thursday, October 15, 7–8 p.m.

Co-sponsored by The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery

This panel discussion will investigate the historical and contemporary visual culture of suffrage. 

  • Facilitator: Nicole Watson, director, The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St. Catherine University
  • Panelists: Leslie Barlow, Minneapolis artist, curator and activist; Carol Mager and Anupama Pasricha, Apparel, Design and Merchandising; Todd Deutsch, Art and Art History; and Briana Turnbull '17, graphic artist and designer

Recorded session: The Power of Visual Representation

View Leslie Barlow's paintings of suffragists through the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery

View Carol Mager and her students' fashion design work as part of this session

The panelists will explore the historical and contemporary visual culture of suffrage through art, fashion and design.

Leslie Barlow is a visual artist, educator, and space creator living and working in Minneapolis. Barlow's current work uses figurative oil painting to share stories that explore the politics of representation, identity, otherness and race. Barlow actively exhibits her work throughout the United States and is currently working towards an exhibition of a new body of work that will be shared at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in early 2021. In 2019 she was awarded both the McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship and the 20/20 Springboard Fellowship. In 2020 she received the Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant. During the summer, she joined a collective of public artists (Creatives After Curfew) to create and facilitate community mural work in response to George Floyd’s murder and in solidarity with the subsequent unrest and uprising. She currently teaches at the University of Minnesota, helps run the organization MidWest Mixed, and she supports emerging artists as the Director of Studio 400. Leslie’s portraits of six Minnesota suffragists are featured in Daniel Bergin’s TPT documentary, Citizen, and they can be viewed on the gallery’s website or in person on the 3rd floor of Couer de Catherine.

Briana Turnbull is an award-winning graphic artist and designer. A St. Kate's alumna, she graduated in 2017 with a degree in Apparel Design and a minor in Graphic Design. She currently works as a professional graphic designer in Spokane, WA specializing in branding and marketing for small companies. Her personal work focuses on gender, politics, history and education. Her viral poster series about voting rights first created in 2016 and updated for 2020 has reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world and sparked expanded discussion around suffrage and voting access in the United States. Briana also hosts the political and social commentary podcast, Pink State, where she tackles topics like feminism, politics, and religion from the perspective of a post-evangelical millennial living in deep red U.S.A.

Carol Mager is an assistant professor at St. Catherine University in the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Department. She worked for over 20 years in the apparel design and manufacturing industry in both Chicago and the Minneapolis/St. Paul region before getting her masters in Career and Technical Education. Carol has recreated a 1910 dress typically worn by suffragists, and her senior Advanced Patternmaking students are exhibiting protest apparel that expresses a current take on the issues of voters’ rights, representation and social action.

Anupama Pasricha, PhD is a researcher, educator, facilitator, and servant leader. She has global research and teaching experience of over 25 years, which includes 12 years in India. She currently chairs the Apparel, Merchandising, and Design Department at St. Catherine University. Under her leadership, students have produced more than 250 sustainable garments using a variety of strategies, and the University's annual fashion show has launched a sustainability segment. She is the Executive Director of Educator of Socially Responsible Apparel Practices (ESRAP) and serves on the Board of Directors at the Textile Center of Minnesota. She is a recipient of St. Catherine University's Bonnie Jean Kelly and Joan Kelly Award for Faculty Excellence and has published more than 100 scholarly works. Her sustainable design collection has been exhibited at the Minnesota History Center and The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University.

Todd Deutsch ​earned his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in ​Real Simple (US), New Scientist (UK), Nido (Germany), Vision​ ​Magazine(China)​ and others, and is included in private and public collections including the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Portland Art Museum. A monograph of his work titled ​Gamers​ was published in 2008 by FP Editions, Brescia, Italy. Selections also appeared in ​Gamescenes: Art in the Age of Videogames​, Johan & Levi, Milan. Todd teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at Saint Catherine University. His current Digital Storytelling students are using sound, photographs and motion graphics to explore suffrage issues.


Suffrage and Democracy: “What Should We Do with the Suffrage Story?"

Thursday, October 22, 7–8 p.m.

The intent behind this question is to emphasize both 1) a call to activism / democratic engagement and leadership and 2) a recognition that not every woman can see herself in the mainstream suffrage movement.

  • Facilitator: Sharon Doherty
  • Panelists: Pa Der Vang, Liberal Arts Mission Chair, Social Work, and Sister Sharon Howell, Archbishop Harry Flynn Endowed Chair in Catholic Identity

Register to attend this session.