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Social Reformer and Founder of Hull House, Jane Addams, to be presented by UVA Expert at Great Americans Day Citizenship Event

Social Reformer and Founder of Hull House, Jane Addams, to be presented by UVA Expert at Great Americans Day Citizenship Event

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“The Mother of Social Work” and the first American woman recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Laura Jane Addams will be the focus of the eighth annual University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum and Luncheon being held Wednesday, February 15, at the UPJ Living/Learning Center’s Heritage Hall.  Empowered by the overwhelming poverty that she witnessed while visiting Europe, Ms. Addams established Hull House, one of the first settlement houses in the United States.  Modeled after East London’s Toynbee Settlement Hall, Hull House, which opened in 1889, offered a kindergarten, daycare for children of working mothers, a public kitchen, and night school for adults.  At its peak, Hull House was visited by 2,000 people each week.

Dr. Daphne Spain, department chair and professor of urban and environmental planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, will deliver the presentation entitled, “How Jane Addams Created American Citizens.”

A social reformer who worked tirelessly on behalf of women’s issues and peace, Ms. Addams said that “civilization is a method of living and an attitude of equal respect for all people.”

Dr. Spain has authored a number of publications including Gendered Species, American Women in Transition, and How Women Saved the City, in which she discusses Jane Addams’ work with settlement houses.  Her works also have been featured on the PBS documentary “The First Measured Century,” and on the “Jim Lehrer News Hour.”

The Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum is presented by the college’s Office of Outreach and Professional Services, History Department, UPJ Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society, and Sodexho Campus Services.  Funding for this event is provided by the Howard M. and Adelle C. Picking Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum fund.  Additional funding is provided by the UPJ History Club.

The luncheon is free and open to the general public.  Seating is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each registrant will receive a registration confirmation with complete check-in and seating information.  Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m. with lunch being served at noon.  The presentation will be held before the lunch at 11:15 a.m. with a question and answer session to follow the lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Last year’s Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum focused on “Computer Pioneer Grace Hopper.”

For registration information, call 814-269-2099.  The deadline for the luncheon registration is Friday, February 3.  Additional information is available on-line by clicking on the Great Americans Day link at www.upj.pitt.edu/Outreach.

The Office of Outreach and Professional Services at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown delivers quality educational programs and services to our region.  Through a strong commitment to developing community partnerships to meet educational needs, the office offers enrichment programs for adults as well as a variety of educational opportunities for children.  Operating within the Outreach Office is the John P. and Joyce Murtha Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development, which offers graduate-level study and professional development programs.
Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 1/13/2006 5:00:00 AM