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Jane Addams in Salon.com

Last night I listened to Bill O’Reilly denigrate “Progressive Values” on Fox News, but this morning Salon implicitly fights back in this splendid review of Lucy Knight’s new biography of Jane Addams! If YOU are the least bit confused by the term “Progressive Values,” if you wonder if YOU want to be called “a Progressive” yourself, […]

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“Jane Addams” on BookTV

My friend Lucy (aka Louise W. Knight) will be on BookTV this weekend discussing her wonderful new biography Jane Addams: Spirit in Action.  She’s got one of the precious AfterWords slots, a full hour one-on-one with Dan Moshenberg (director of women’s studies at George Washington University). Cancel your plans, stay home & watch. I am […]

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“Jane Addams” on Diane Rehm Show

Rosh HaShannah 2010: While I was in Temple today, my friend Louise W. Knight (aka Lucy) was in Washington, DC for an interview on The Diane Rehm Show.  Diane spent almost an hour speaking with Lucy & early on, she had Lucy read my favorite quote (one I already posted earlier this week on Facebook).  […]

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9/8/10: Rockford College (Jane’s Alma Mater)

Celebrating Jane Addam’s 150th birthday @ Rockford College (Jane’s Alma Mater).

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9/6/10: Jane Addams Park (Chicago Lakefront)

Celebrating Jane Addam’s 150th birthday in Jane Addams Park (located on the Chicago Lakefront between Navy Pier & Oak Street Beach).

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Monday in the Park with Jane!

Click HERE for eVite as a printable pdf. Monday September 6th (Labor Day) is Jane Addams’ 150th Birthday! Please join us in Jane Addams Park (on the Chicago Lakefront) for celebratory cake & good fellowship. Date: Sept 6, 2010 Time: Noon Location: Jane Addams Park 550 East Grand Ave (west of Navy Pier/south of Oak […]

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Hooray, Harry Burn!

From this morning’s Morning Edition on NPR: “…By the way, this month marks a milestone for American women and for the country at large: it was 90 years ago this month that Americans ratified the 19th amendment to the Constitution – it gave women the right to vote. MONTAGNE: In August 1920, the amendment had […]

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New Bugler Girl!

Click HERE for Chgo Dinner eVite (8/26/10) Today is the anniversary of the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20, 1848. Wow, what a great day to release our new Women’s Equality Day buttons on Cafe Press 🙂 “New Bugler Girl” was designed in honor of this year’s Women’s Equality Day (8/26/10), the 90th […]

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Penny Wins State/National Awards!

On December 11, 2008, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their 2009 Golden Globe Nominations… and Penny went ballistic. I was stunned when Loveleen Tandan (Slumdog Millionaire’s credited co-director) was not named as Danny Boyle’s co-nominee in the “Best Director” category.  But my outrage quickly turned into energy, and I started an e-mail campaign on […]

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Louise W. Knight on BookTV

Click HERE to download more info.  BookTV did an interview with my good friend Louise W. Knight (aka “Lucy”) when they came to Chicago last weekend to attend our annual Printers Row Lit Fest! You can watch the full 13 minute interview HERE (scroll down to 5th program & click on Lucy’s picture).  Click HERE […]

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Hola, Teresa Costantini!

Director Teresa Costantini (left) was here in Chicago last week to screen her new film Felicitas at our 26th annual Chicago Latino Film Festival.  She is now on her way east to screen Felicitas in NYC too.      Felicitas is a gorgeously produced 19th Century romance with a feminist kick.  Recipient of 8 nominations from […]

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Road Trip Begins

Click HERE to download’s Jan’s March ‘10 Handout as a pdf file.   And the race is on: Speaking tonight (3/6) @ the College of Complexes, tomorrow AM (3/7) @ KAM Isaiah Israel, Monday (3/8) @ Harold Washington College, & Wednesday (3/10) @ Glenview AAUW. Happy Women’s History Month to All J

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3/6: College of Complexes (Chgo)

Celebrating SWAN Day in Chicago: Why Here & Why Now?  Explaining Chicago’s role in the birth of this internationally celebrated new holiday. UPDATE: Click HERE to watch Jan’s 25 min presentation (recorded by Tim Bolger).   Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010 Time: 8 PM Sponsor: The College of Complexes Location: Lincoln Restaurant 4008 North Lincoln […]

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3/7: KAM Isaiah Israel

Meet The Schvesters: Recent Films by Jewish Women Filmmakers Jewish women all around the world are making wonderful movies that we can all see on DVD if only we know where to look for them.  On March 7th, we will learn about Jewish life in Argentina, England, France, Israel, Mexico, and yes, the USA through […]

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3/8: Harold Washington College (Chgo)

  If I Ruled The World: Critique of 2010 OscarBowl  This will be my 5th Annual “If I Ruled The World” program analyzing this year’s Oscar Ceremony from a feminist perspective for the students of Harold Washington College. Date: Monday, March 8, 2010 Time: 7 PM Location: Harold Washington College 30 East Lake Ave; Chicago 60601 […]

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3/10: Glenview AAUW

Click HERE to download “Cultural Gendercide” handout as a pdf file. Women & Film: A Historical Perspective Global implications of the “Celluloid Ceiling” that has restricted opportunities for women filmmakers in Hollywood & beyond for decades. Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Time: 7:30 PM Sponsor: Glenview Branch AAUW Location: Glenview Police Station 2500 East Lake Ave; […]

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Bonnie/BONES Update

Yesterday, I hosted a “Meet & Greet” event for my neighbor & good friend Bonnie Carol McGrath (who is running for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County).  We went to see THE LOVELY BONES at our beautiful new Icon Showplace Theatre on Delano Place (just off Roosevelt Road & Clark Street), & afterwards […]

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Sunday Screening & Reception

  Come see THE LOVELY BONES this Sunday at Chicago’s beautiful new Showplace ICON Theatre!   When: Sunday, January 17, 2010 Time: 1:30 PM Where: 150 West Roosevelt Road (Delano Place)   And join us for an after screening reception for Bonnie Carol McGrath (candidate for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County).  Reception […]

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Christmas Day @ KAM

   The Gift of the Magi (09 Update): This year my wonderful husband Rich gave me unlimited post-surgical nursing services, & I gave him his own personal eAddress plus his very own Facebook page.  Welcome to CyberSpace, Honey J Photo taken 12/25/09 @ KAM Isaiah Israel’s first (annual?) “Chop Suey & a Movie’—Chinese Food, that’s how […]

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HUGE Thanks from Jan

  To all who sent birthday greetings yesterday by eMail or Snail Mail or Facebook &/or Phone! And special thanks to those of you who went the extra mile by making contributions to WITASWAN!!! I got RB up ~ 6:30 AM to watch Obama in Oslo & then dashed, dashed, dashed until almost 11 PM, packing in a […]

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Happy Jane Addams Day!!!

Click HERE to read my presentation: History of Jane Addams Day.  I just finished listening to President Obama’s Nobel Address on CNN & in my opinion it’s the best speech he’s ever given.  Somewhere in Nobel Heaven, Jane Addams is looking down on her homeboy with great pride right now.  No, he did not mention her […]

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Mary Skinner in Chgo

Filmmaker Mary Skinner was in Chicago yesterday for an advance screening of In The Name of Their Mothers, her new BioDoc about Irena Sendler. Working under the fiscal sponsorship of Women Make Movies, Mary’s rough cut was ready for local investors and others in Chicago’s large and supportive Polish-American community.  Ironically, one of the obstacles to completion is […]

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Guerrilla Girls in Chicago

    A Dream Come True! Here I am finally shoulder-to-shoulder with one of my all-time idols “Kathe Kollwitz” of the Guerrilla Girls!!!  When the Girls created their last Billboard Campaign (right before the 2006 Oscar telecast), I contributed THREE times (as Films42, as JLH, & as WITASWAN).  I only wish I could have done […]

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Chatting with Lone Scherfig

Click HERE to read my review for WomenArts. Click HERE to read my chat with Danish Director Lone Scherfig about her new film AN EDUCATION.  What are YOU doing THIS weekend?  If you support WITASWAN, then your answer should be: “I’m going to see AN EDUCATION!”  Nag, Nag, Nag J

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Kudos, Lisa Belkin!

Kudos to Lisa Belkin for her great article “The Power of the Purse” (published in Tuesday’s NYT). Behind all this giving lies the theory that helping women and children is the way to change the planet. “Seventy percent of people living in poverty around the world are women and children,” says Christine Grumm, president and […]

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See LADY KUL-EL ARAB on PBS!!!

 Kudos to filmmaker Ibtisam Mara’ana! Ibtisam’s wonderful doc (originally called Lady Kul el Arab & renamed Contestant No. 2) premieres tonight on the PBS series WIDE ANGLE.  Lady Kul el Arab was my Top Pick in the “Doc” category in last year’s Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema & I’m delighted to learn it’s now available to […]

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Chgo eVite: Post-Screening Q&A on Weds 7/15

     I will conduct an audience Q&A session after the 7:25 PM screening of THE HURT LOCKER at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema in Lincoln Park on Weds 7/15.  Regular ticket prices apply.  You can purchase tix at the door or click here to purchase tix in advance. From my FWA review: “I sincerely believe […]

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DWCIFF: 2009 Schedule

     DWCIFF (the Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival) produces the annual Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival and facilitates workshops and programs to empower, educate, and entertain.  We present exceptional, culturally diverse programs of inter-generational films and videos by African American, Continental African, Asian, Caribbean, Latina, Middle Eastern and Native American women […]

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Photos from ’09 Printers Row Lit Fest

Once again this year, AAUW-Illinois displayed a multitude of books about Jane Addams (for adults & kids) in preparation for the 3rd annual Jane Addams Day (celebrated in Illinois every December 10—the day Jane Addams became the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize). New WITASWAN flyers & SWAN Day buttons & magnets were […]

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Lexington KY Havurah

Click HERE to see Jan’s Discussion Guide: “Who is the ‘Average Israeli’?” 5/30-5/31: Rich & I spent a wonderful weekend in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky as guests of the Lexington Havurah.  I was the feaured speaker for a study weekend devoted to Israeli Film.  After we left, I left a bit like Cinderella L

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