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Chicago Trib Discovers “Celluloid Ceiling”

“Woman’s touch guided several of year’s best films”         Congratulations to the Trib for running Tom Long’s article, but in fact metro Chicago women have been leading the fight against “the celluloid ceiling” for years.  WITASWAN (“Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now!”) is an Illinois-based initiative now in its sixth year, & next […]

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LWV Members Celebrate Jane Addams Day

December ‘07 Newsletter     A huge “Thank You” to the editors of The Orange Coast Voter for their terrific Jane Addams Day coverage.  Read their extensive article on pages 4 & 5 of the pdf file (attached).  These California ladies are members of AAUW’s sister organization, the League of Women Voters.

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AAUW President Applauds “Jane Addams Day”

AAUW’s national President, Ruth Sweetser, personally delivered a letter thanking AAUW-Illinois’ “Jane Addams Day” committee for all the work done to promote this precident-setting state day.  Furthermore, the AAUW website dedicated a page to our “Jane Addams Day” activities, noting: “AAUW of Illinois hopes this program will serve as a model for other states to celebrate important local women who were […]

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Social Workers Celebrate Jane Addams Day

Read IFSW Articles Read NASW-Illinois Press Release The International Federation of Social Workers has joined with America’s National Association of Social Workers to celebrate Jane Addams Day.  Even though she was not a trained social worker (the profession of “social work” was in its infancy during her lifetime), Jane Addams is widely recognized as a […]

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AAUW Members Celebrate Jane in Michigan

Women’s Issues Luncheon in Midland, MI on 12/12/07 as reported by Pauline Pittsley (Branch Director of Diversity & International Affairs): Cards about Jane Addams were on all the tables & president LuEllen DeLine made comments about her. Deborah Borg, the speaker, referred to Jane Addams in her presentation (“Unleashing the Power of Women in Leadership”). […]

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12/10/07: Jane Addams Day!!!

And then… the big day finally arrived!!!  We filled the dining hall at Hull-House, had a lovely lunch, personally thanked Pat Quinn (Illinois’ Lieutenant Governor) & congresswoman Barbara Flynn Currie (Democratic Majority Leader, Illinois House of Representatives) for their support, & heard wonderful presentations by Lucy Knight & Jean Bethke Elshtain.  Both Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) & Chicago […]

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12/08/07: Jane Addams Day Event @ CHM

After over a year of intense planning, AAUW-Illinois welcomed citizens from all around metro Chicago to our Jane Addams Day celebration at the Chicago History Museum.  Our guests including numerous Fulbright Fellows sponsored by the International Visitors Center of Chicago, as well as a sizeable contingent from Congregation Kol-Ami who had specifically come to hear […]

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“Jane” @ Ottawa (IL) Branch

Read Article in Ottawa TIMES       Last stop on my road trip only days before the first annual Jane Addams Day.  It was bitterly cold outside but the crowd inside was warm & attentive.  I wore slacks instead of my typical long skirt, knowing for sure that Jane would have approved (& even envied my options)!  Thanks […]

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Ray of Hope from LA Film Critics

  LA film critics threw their weight behind THERE WILL BE BLOOD, which I absolutely hated, but there was one glimmer of sunlight: they recognized Tamara Jenkins, writer/director of THE SAVAGES, for Best Original Screenplay.  Hooray!

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Best of ’07 from NYC Film Critics

  The New York Film Critics have thrown their weight behind the Coen Brothers’ new film NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, which I also thought was really good, but dig deeper into their announcement, & it’s the same old story: women directors & screenwriters who made terrific contributions this year have already been eliminated from contention.  Another year, […]

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Jane Addams & Her Jewish Neighbors

Tzivi’s Spotlight for December ‘07 People who remember where the “Maxwell Street Market” neighborhood used to be don’t need me to remind them that Hull-House is located in the heart of what was once one of Chicago’s most heavily-populated Jewish neighborhoods.  Therefore, it is no surprise that prominent Jewish philanthropists such as Julius Rosenwald (president of Sears, […]

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FWA Releases New SWAN DAY Logo

     The Fund for Women Artists began circulating its new Support Women Artists Now Day (aka SWAN Day) logo today, along with expanded SWAN Day tool kits & back-up documentation. SWAN Day is a new international holiday that celebrates women artists.  It is intended to be an annual event taking place on the last Saturday of […]

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JUNO: Here’s Proof!

    Because I am a very vocal advocate for women filmmakers & I spout Martha Lauzen’s “celluloid ceiling” stats every chance I get, some people assume that I am biased towards women filmmakers & promote their work without sufficient critical distance.  People who really know my work, know this is bunk.  There are many films […]

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’08 Oscar Buzz Heats Up

David Carr aka “the carpetbagger” is a great source for “conventional wisdom” updates. Here’s how he describes his function: “The Carpetbagger is a seasonal blog that covers all things Oscar — the news, the nonsense, and the players that drive the campaign. The blog is reported and written by the Bagger, who views Hollywood as […]

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“Jane Addams” in person on CAN-TV21!

I made my TV debut as “Jane Addams” in a role-play conversation with Thom Clark of CAN-TV21’s “Community Media and You” show. The original program aired on Saturday 12/8, & access to the videocast is now available to all on the internet. Sincere thanks to Thom for patiently coaching a newbee: “Just look at me, Jan. Don’t ask yourself where the camera […]

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Follow the Breadcrumbs…

Click HERE to see location of Huttner/Miller Condo. …to Jan’s House 🙂      I live in Dearborn Park in Chicago’s South Loop–which is just west of the State Street/Roosevelt Road intersection.      If you drive here, you must enter the Dearborn Park One complex at State & 9th Streets.  There are no other entrances into the […]

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DINNER @ JANE’S in Chgo & Carbondale!

Read Article in Carbondale SOUTHERN SIU-C Program Description (pdf) Chicago Branch was the very first AAUW-Illinois branch to see DINNER AT JANE’S at a program hosted by the DePaul University’s Women’s Center on DePaul’s downtown campus. Our special guest speaker was Mary Ann Johnson who was the Executive Director of the Hull-House Museum in 1993 when […]

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“Jane” @ Hinsdale (IL) Branch

About DINNER AT JANE’S (pdf) Seventh stop on my “Jane Addams Day” roadshow: members of AAUW-Illinois’ Hinsdale Branch greeting me at the Oak Brook Library for a screening of DINNER AT JANE’S, but this time the audience got the benefit of my meeting on Weds with Mary Jane Jacob (who gave me terrific background about Suzanne Lacy […]

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“Jane Addams” Road Show Update

Jan’s Jane Addams Day Road Show Schedule    I have added a trip to Ottawa, IL on Weds, Dec. 5th (see attached).

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Updated Info about DINNER AT JANE’S

addamsfilmfacts.pdf Attached is the updated DINNER AT JANE’S flyer based on information received during my meeting with Mary Jane Jacob (Chair & Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago).     “I have long been struck by the ways nineteenth-century feminism has been lost or reinterpreted by time. It seems as if a […]

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Jane Addams Program @ Chgo History Museum

CHM Program Details-12/8/07 (pdf) Planning for the Jane Addams Day Celebration at the Chicago History Museum is now complete. (Note that the first annual Jane Addams Day will be 12/10/07, but since that’s a Monday, AAUW-Illinois has scheduled most of its events on Saturday 12/8.) The program will begin at 10 AM & has three […]

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DINNER AT JANE’S: Deep Background from Mary Jane Jacob

So here I am running all around Illinois with my DINNER AT JANE’S roadshow, & meanwhile Mary Jane Jacob, one of the people most responsible for making it all possible, works about five minutes from me in an office at the School of the Art Institute!  She hands me a copy of her book CULTURE IN ACTION & […]

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CHF: Alan & Marilyn Bergman Visit Chicago

     “An Evening with Alan and Marilyn Bergman” at this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival was a total delight. Award-winning lyricists, the Bergmans received their first Oscar for writing “The Windmills of Your Mind” (from the 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair), but they are best-known for their work with Barbra Streisand. As moderator Michael […]

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Illinois Campuses Embrace Jane Addams

Southern Illinois University @ Edwardsville Western Illinois University @ Macomb      Today’s “Google-Alert” brought news of more Illinois campuses planning events in honor of Jane Addams Day.  Dr. Connie Frey will present Jane Addams’ Feminist Pragmatism in the Public & Private Spheres @ SIU-E on 11/26.  At WIU, the Women’s Studies Center (in collaboration with […]

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“Jane” @ Wheaton/Glen Ellyn (IL) Branch

 Sixth stop on my “Jane Addams Day” roadshow: members of AAUW-Illinois’ Batavia/Geneva/St Charles Branch were able to retrieve the VHS tape from their recalcitrant VCR & send it to me overnight so that I could show DINNER AT JANE’S to members of the Wheaton/Glen Ellyn Branch as scheduled. As I do everywhere, I urged Branch members […]

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DPL Announces Book Display

Decatur Book Display Details Two weeks after Jane’s visit to Richland Community College, the Decatur Public Library announced that they would display books by & about Jane Addams beginning December 4th. Kudos to Decatur (IL) AAUW Branch President Alice Huebner for making the case.  (Alice was also President for AAUW-Illinois from 7/02 thru 6/04.)

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Chicago History Museum Sneak Peak

     AAUW-Illinois is co-sponsoring a set of “Jane Addams Day” programs at the Chicago History Museum on Saturday, December 8th from 10 AM to 1 PM.  All activities are free once you’ve paid the admission fee to enter the museum.  The day will begin with a presentation by Chuck Masters, author of the highly-regarded biography of […]

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Final Night of the ’07 CFIC

Here I am, totally caffeinated & ready for anything, during the final Q&A of this year’s Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema.  First I lead the Q&A after the 6 PM screening of 2 wonderful shorts: PESYA’S NECKLACE and SISAI.  Then I lead the Q&A after the 8 PM screening of the very last film on […]

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“Jane” @ Batavia/Geneva/Saint Charles (IL) Branch AAUW

Fifth stop on my “Jane Addams Day” roadshow: I was supposed to show DINNER AT JANE’S to members of AAUW-Illinois’ Batavia/Geneva/St Charles Branch, but even tho program coordinators had tested the equipment in advance, the VCR froze & we were unable to get it going.  Not to worry, I am so “into Jane” at this point that I […]

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AAUW-Illinois (South) Learns about Jane Addams

Attendees at AAUW-Illinois Fall District Conference-South at Richland Community College in Decatur were treated to an excellent presentation by SIU-Carbondale professor Laura Dreuth Zeman. As a professor of social work, Laura has done research on complex topics and has given considerable thought to her role as a member of “the helping professions.” She has been aided […]

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