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Jane Addams

Windy City She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Gwendolyn Brooks read and wrote as a child. Her first poem was published when she was 14 years old. She attended college but could not find suitable work during the Depression

Freedom of Religion

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Jill S. Tietjen

Today, we are able to exercise our religious beliefs because of the courageous women and men who came before us. Let's learn about some of the women who strove for religious freedom.

Cultivate a Sisterhood

Colleen Crinion | Posted 05.28.2014 | Women
Colleen Crinion

Take some time to thank the women in your life who are supportive and who believe in you. And remember, it's not just about surrounding yourself with lots of women. It's about having a sisterhood.

LOOK: Jane Addams, Hull House Founder, Celebrated By Google

Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago

In honor of her 153rd birthday, Hull House founder, social activist and Nobel Prize winner Jane Addams was celebrated in Friday's Google Doodle. T...

Don't Mess With Harriet Tubman

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

The questions raised by Russell Simmons' "Harriet Tubman sex tape" and also by the "Slap Hillary" video game (which, unlike the sex tape, is still up) are simple and succinct: Why is violence against women a joke to men? Why is disrespecting female historical figures OK?

Conformity Is the Enemy: From Groupthink to Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Conformity, whether rationalized or simply imposed, undermines our government, our press, and our educational systems. We've had to learn some hard lessons about this in the last 10 years. Surely one of them is that we must defend diversity as a tool for innovation and for responsible decision-making.

Making Chicago the City Where Women and Girls Thrive

K. Sujata | Posted 05.27.2013 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Perhaps I'm biased, but Chicago is a special place for women. The women who hail from this city are more than historic; they are change agents.

Why Liberal Education Matters -- A Lecture in Beijing

Michael Roth | Posted 02.26.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Will pragmatic liberal education instigate skillful and compassionate strategies -- here and abroad -- for addressing our most pressing challenges?

Teaching Artists and the Future of the Arts

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.05.2013 | Arts
Nick Rabkin

The bottom line is that children who have more arts education do better in school and in life. Significantly, the correlation happens to be strongest for low-income youth, the students most often failed by our schools.

LOOK: Famous Women Who Loved Women

Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.17.2012 | Women

Famous lesbian couples like Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, or Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni, are a now common sight in the news and on th...

Happy 152nd Birthday, Jane Addams

Sid Mohn | Posted 11.14.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

From those of us at Heartland Alliance, we wish you a happy birthday, Jane Addams. Thank you for giving us the chance to carry out your legacy and, more importantly, to end poverty once and for all.

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America's Radicals and Reformers

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.

Jane Addams, Education and the 'Snare of Preparation'

Michael Roth | Posted 09.10.2012 | College
Michael Roth

Liberal education today should prepare students for life, and many colleges have been increasingly focused on doing a better job of helping them transition from campus to life after graduation.

Jane Addams Returns to Chicago

Eboo Patel | Posted 08.20.2012 | Religion
Eboo Patel

A new generation of civic leaders walking in Jane Addams' footsteps arrives in Chicago this week for the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

Chicago's Three Nobel Peace Laureates

Louise Knight | Posted 06.12.2012 | Chicago
Louise Knight

Chances are the number of your family members and friends who attend a single wedding or graduation party this summer will be greater than the total number of Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Each one of those laureates has a story to tell.

Moving Forward After Closing Hull House

Sid Mohn | Posted 04.02.2012 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Today is a new day in Chicago. This week is the first in more than 120 years that Chicago will be without Jane Addams Hull House -- one of the preeminent social service agencies in the nation. It's a sobering thought.

What Is Jane Addams' Heritage Worth to Chicago

Tom Tresser | Posted 03.26.2012 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

On Friday, January 20 I heard over the radio that Hull House is closing. Hull House is 123 years old and was founded by Jane Addams, America's fi...

Pioneering Local Agency Closing For Financial Reasons

AP | By CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 01.20.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Hull House, the Chicago social services organization that Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams founded in 1889 to help thousands of immigra...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Capacity for Growth

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 03.16.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

In all the coverage of King's life, one quality of his has received comparatively little attention: his capacity to grow and to expand his vision.

Anita Hill Keynotes Illinois' 5th Annual Jane Addams Day Tribute

Posted 12.11.2011 | Chicago

Story by Carrie Maxwell, courtesy of the Windy City Times Anita Hill, senior advisor to the provost and professor of social policy, law and women's...

Jane Addams Tribute Relocated, Rededicated

Posted 11.25.2011 | Chicago

Story by Tracy Baim, courtesy of the Windy City Times: The Chicago Park District held a dedication ceremony for the relocated city tribute to socia...

Jane Addams Hull House Reopens Following Renovation

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Jane Addams Hull House, a tiny museum on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, is reopening Wednesday after an $800,000 makeover, the larg...

The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history.

Help Wanted: Child Welfare Heroes

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine James-Brown

My commencement message was devoted to child welfare practice. Currently, the public child welfare systems and agencies across the country are experiencing a severe workforce crisis.

The End of Identity Politics: A Wake Up Call for Feminists

Judi Jennings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judi Jennings

Ask yourself when and why feminists stopped talking about peace and started talking about being tough enough to go to war, and think about what that means.