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Conferences Archive (1999-2000)

Legacies of Hull-House:
Reuniting the Local and the Global in the Urban World

September 17-18, 1999

This interdisciplinary conference will consider the cultural environment in which Hull-House flourished as well as the political, institutional, and visionary legacies of that environment. Participants will address such issues as negotiating multiple gender, class, national, and ethnic allegiances; institutional interventions in reform agendas; informing visions of politics, education, health, and the arts; and the relation of Hull-House culture to European ideas.

Hull-House is located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The conference celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Hull-House on September 18, 1898.

All conference sessions take place in 509-510 Chicago Circle Center, 750 South Halsted Street, unless otherwise noted.


11:00 Tour of Jane Addams’ Hull-House Museum

12:30 Conference Registration and Coffee

1:30 Welcoming Remarks

1:45-2:15 Introduction
Victoria Brown, History, Grinnell College
“Hull-House: The Medium was the Message”

2:30-4:30 Panel One: Negotiating Reform Agendas
Kathryn Kish Sklar, History, State University of New York, Binghamton
“Florence Kelley and the Multiple Discourses of Reform”

David Montgomery, History, Yale University
“Labor Reform in the Long Shadow of Hull-House”

Deborah Gray White, History, Rutgers University
“Different Meanings of Difference: Women, Class, and Race in Progressive Era Reform”

4:45 p.m. Reception
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted Street, University of Illinois at Chicago


9:30-11:30 Panel Two: Negotiating Multiple Allegiances
George Sanchez, History, University of Southern California
“Natives and Aliens: Drawing Boundaries of Race and Nation in Urban America”

Shannon Jackson, Rhetoric, Dramatic Art and Dance, University of California, Berkeley
“Exploring ‘lines of activity’: Hull-House Performance and the Production of Locality”

James A. Miller, English and American Studies, Africana Studies Program, George Washington University
“The Limits of Radical Reform: Grace Lumpkin and the Fate of Proletarian Fiction”

11:30 Lunch Break

12:15-1:15 Presentation: Hull-House Resources and Materials for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Burton J. Bledstein, Director, Near West Side Project, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Imaging-Imagining Hull-House in its Neighborhood, 1889-1935: The Power of Visual Thinking”

1:30-3:30 Panel Three: Sustaining Ideologies, Informing Visions
Bernardine Dohrn, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University School of Law
“Militancy, Peace and the Global Jane Addams”

Thomas Cartelli, English, Muhlenberg College
“Shakespeare at Hull-House: Jane Addams’ ‘A Modern Lear’ and the 1894 Pullman Strike”

Arnold R. Eiser, General Internal Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Community-Based Values and Health Care Policy”

William C. Ayers, Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
“How Shall We Respond to the Dreams of Youth?”: Jane Addams and the Challenge to the Schools”

3:45-4:45 Closing Roundtable Discussion

Of Special Interest:
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted Street

Exhibit: Art at Hull-House: Producing Hope and Building Communities
Curated by Kristina Dziedzic, Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago
Montgomery Ward Gallery, 2nd floor, 750 South Halsted Street


The Institute for the Humanities
and the Medical Humanities Program
at the University of Illinois at Chicago

present three colloquia on

Children, Violence and Families

There is no more contested and disturbing issue than the relationship of children, violence and families. These colloquia will examine that relationship in order to create a dialogue among the medical and legal communities, humanities scholars in a variety of disciplines, and the public at large.

These programs are free and open to the public.

Session I

Promoting Innocence: The Meanings of Child Exploitation

October 22, 1999, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Lecture Center C3, just west of 750 S. Halsted

“Stealing Children: The Erotics of Innocence”
Paula S. Fass, History, University of California, Berkeley

“Does History Matter?”
Anne Higonnet, Art History, Wellesley College

“The Pedophilia of Everyday Life”
Richard D. Mohr, Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Knowing Children”
Ellis Hanson, English, Cornell University

Session II

Politics of Family Violence: The Intersection of Violence and Family Structure

January 28, 2000, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Cardinal Room, Chicago Circle Center, 750 S Halsted

“Violence in the Lives of Young Women in Low Income Communities”
Beth Richie, Criminal Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Violence, Disability, and the Family”
Lisa Thornton, M.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; Medical Director, KidsRehab

“A Commitment to Children’s Policies from a Governmental Perspective”
Shelley Banks, Assistant Children’s Policy Advisor, Office of The Attorney General

Session III

Suspicions, Accusations, And Doctors’ Dilemmas

March 31, 2000, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Room 206, Chicago Illini Union, 828 S. Wolcott

“Theft of Life: On the Trail of the Child Organ Stealing Rumor”
Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

“Memories of Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding Children’s and Adults’ Immediate and Delayed Reports”
Bette Bottoms, Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Realities and Mythologies in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Conveying Tragic News”
William Ahrens, Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago