FREE Event Entitled “Jane Addams – Why Her Vision Is Vital Today Being Held This Thursday

Freeport – The Highland Community College Global Task Force will host a program entitled “Jane Addams: Why her vision is vital today” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, in the Student/Conference Center, Room H201.

A well-known native of northwest Illinois, Addams was born in Cedarville before going on to become the co-founder of the Hull House, the nation’s most influential settlement house. A tireless advocate for social reform, Addams founded the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and was co-founder of National Child Labor Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, and the Immigrant’s Protective League. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

The program will be presented by Judy Whipps, a professor of Liberal Studies and Philosophy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She has published a four volume edited set of Addams’s writings, as well as many articles on Addams. She established the “Jane Addams’ Prize,” given out by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. Addams’ work has inspired Whipps’ thinking about education, and social change.

The program will focus on Jane Addams’ vision which was shaped during a time when democracy was in crisis. Whipps will speak of how deep divisions between the rich and the poor, the fight for equal rights, the turmoil around immigration and working conditions, and the conflicts arising from labor movement were all threatening the stability of the nation. Even though Addams was 60 years old before she was able to vote, her activism changed the landscape of these social and political issues.

Addams’ aspirations for democracy, and her trust in the pragmatist method of working with others are models that all of us, including politicians, can still learn from today. Is it time to pay more attention to Jane Addams?

The event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding this event, contact Kay Ostberg at or 815.599.3533.

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