In the past few years, questions around the common good have risen to the level of national debate and the depletion of funding for public services demonstrate that much has changed since Jane Addams founded the Hull-House Social Settlement in 1889. The result of a year-long series of seminars grounded in the work of Progressive Era activists and the Hull-House Settlement, this interdisciplinary program will explore the importance of the humanities in understanding common good issues such as: Housing, employment, labor, health, education, and citizenship.
Presentations will focus on the historic and contemporary experiences of Mexican-Americans at Hull-House Social Settlement, the development of progressive education, The history of nursing ethics, Occupational Therapy’s origins in Chicago, and Jane Addams as an alternative leadership model in Social Work. Speakers include: Cassandra McKay-Jackson, Patricia O’Brien, Amalia Pallares, Kathy Preissner, and Teresa A. Savage. Teresa Córdova, Director, UIC Great Cities Institute and Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, will facilitate the discussion to follow the presentations.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in partnership with UIC's Institute for the Humanities created Securing the Common Good: Hull-House History at UIC – a National Endowment for the Humanities supported initiative designed to foster teaching and learning about the common good at UIC by creating new avenues for utilizing one of the campus’ most significant humanities resource, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.