February 1 and 2, 2002. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.
Renowned scholars and biographers evaluate the impact of Jane Addams on democracy, U.S. social policy, and international peace efforts in the 20th century. Swarthmore’s Peace Collection houses a major collection of papers of Addams, the founder of Hull House and the social work movement and first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. The conference will feature numerous renowned scholars and biographers, including:
Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of many books, including "Democracy on Trial," which was a New York Times Notable Book for 1995, and a pioneering work in feminist political theory, "Public Man, Private Woman: Women In Social and Political Thought," published originally in 1981; now available in a 2nd revised edition. Her 1987 book, "Women and War," has appeared in Italian and Japanese translations and was reissued with an update in 1992. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. She is co-chair of the PEW Forum on Religion and Public Life. Her intellectual biography of Jane Addams, "Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy," will appear in bookstores in January, published by Basic Books, as is her comprehensive edited volume, "A Jane Addams Reader."
Allen F. Davis, Professor Emeritus Temple University is the author of "American Heroine," "The Life and Legend of Jane Addams," "Spearheads for Reform" and co-author (with Mary Lynn McCree Bryan) of "One Hundred years at Hull-House."
Kathryn Kish Sklar, Distinguished Professor of History at the State University of New York at Binghamton, has written about American women reformers in the Progressive era and the antebellum decades. She is the author of Florence Kelley and the Nation's Work: The Rise of Women's Political Culture, 1830-1900, and is currently completing a sequel volume, "The Ethical Origins of Modern America: Florence Kelley and the National Consumers' League, 1900-1930." She is also the co-director of an extensive website, "Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1775-2000," at http://womhist= .binghamton.edu.
Victoria Bissell Brown , associate professor of History at Grinnell
College in Grinnell, Iowa where she teaches courses on U.S. Women's History, U.S. Immigration History, and the Art of Biography. Brown recently completed a manuscript on Jane Addams that is currently titled "The Education of Jane Addams: Becoming a Progressive in the Gilded Age." She recently published a new edition of Addams's autobiography, "Twenty Years at Hull-House" for Bedford Books. She has delivered papers and published articles on Addams and on female socialization at the turn of the last century.
Eileen McDonagh, Professor of Political Science at Northeastern
University and Affiliate Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard
University. She is the author of "Breaking the Abortion Deadlock: From Choice to Consent" and has written numerous articles on women, politics, and the law. She is presently completing a book on gender, citizenship and democratization from American and cross-national perspectives.
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Professor of History at Morgan State University and the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in History. Her two most recent books are the anthology, "Black Women's History at the Intersection of Knowledge and Power," co-edited with Janice Sumler-Edmond (2000,and the monograph, "African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote" (1998), which won the ABWH Letita Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize.
For more information about "Rediscovering Jane Addams" and to reserve your place at this conference, please visit the web site or call.
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
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