July 24, 2012, 12:00 - 2:00 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
A Book Discussion on...
20 Years at
Click here to read Rick Cohen's recent article on Hull-House in the Nonprofit Quarterly
After 122 years of service, Chicago’s famous Hull-House closed earlier this year. This summer, we at the Bradley Center intend to honor and celebrate its contributions to human welfare and the powerful civic spirit that sustained it for so long. Nothing would show greater appreciation than a public discussion of the classic book written by its founder Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull-House.
Yes, we’re making the entire volume “assigned reading” for the discussion, which will take place on July 24th – noon to 2 pm – and we really would like for you to read the whole thing and come prepared to discuss, since we’re not having a formal panel. (After all, one of Addams’ first events at the newly opened Hull House in 1889 was a free-for-all discussion of George Eliot’s Romola with her Italian immigrant neighbors.)
Many preconceptions about Addams have been formed over the years – she was a socialist; she was a paternalistic elitist, and so forth – but an encounter with Twenty Years will do much to diminish that, and to reveal her as an extraordinarily imaginative and thoughtful civic entrepreneur, tackling some of the same problems of social division that we continue to face today.
For those of you who would like to learn a bit more about Jane Addams’ contribution to American civic renewal, Jean Bethke Elshtain’s biography Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy is on our “strongly recommended” list. Elshtain helps us understand the range of activities Addams pursued:
Bradley Center Director William Schambra, Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Amy Kass, and Rick Cohen of the Nonprofit Quarterly moderated the discussion.
Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House, New York: Empire Books, 2012.
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