In 1917, as the United States ramped up to join the great European war, a young Seattle woman named Louise Olivereau took a stand against the pro-war fervor of her time by urging conscripts to place obedience to conscience over obedience to the State. Because of this, she was arrested under the Federal Espionage Act, convicted in a dramatic trial in which she represented herself, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Discover the little-known story that embodies the story of America itself, a land of “patriotic anarchists” that includes those who drove the Revolution and abolition of slavery, and who drive the current battles against racism and for social justice. But what is the duty of each individual to their conscience, and what is the duty of each citizen to society? Would you want to live in a world in which everybody acted like Louise Olivereau? Led by author and historian Michael Schein, explore the fascinating story and complex questions surrounding an extraordinary woman. This talk is presented by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Historical Society in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I.
- April 19, 2017
Pierce College Puyallup
1601 39th Avenue SouthEast Puyallup, WA 98374 United States
- Pierce College Puyallup
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Speakers Bureau talks are free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between. Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau roster is made up of professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. All talks are free and open to the public, and each lasts about an hour. They are hosted by a wide range of organizations throughout Washington State.