Practicing Peace: Jane Addams Day 2013
TUES Dec. 10 | 4-7 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House | 800 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL
"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Peace is not merely the absence of war.” – Jane Addams
Meditative, activist, artistic, radically imaginative... peace takes on many forms.
At the historic Hull-House Settlement, the work of building peace included a range of
activities such as collective daycare, art making, union organizing, gardening, sex
education and fighting racial and gender justice and immigrant rights.
On December 10, 1931 Jane Addams was awarded the Nobel Peace prize. This year we recognize December 10, Jane Addams Day, by inviting you to imagine and experience how peace is made. Come to the museum to try diverse forms of peacebuilding and to consider how to insert peaceful practices into our lives and as strategies to cultivate justice in our communities.
UIC students: Take a moment out of your busy finals’ schedule to engage in peace, inside and out. Free hot chocolate and delicious treats served between 5-6pm on December 10.
But that’s not all! We are giving you the run of the museum on Jane Addams Day. Practice peace throughout the afternoon in house and the kitchen. Self-guided and facilitated activities are available from 4-7 pm. Group acupuncture in the library. Meditation in the sound room. Bread-making in the kitchen. Peace circles on the second floor. Art making and writing in Residents’ Dining Hall. A full house of peace.
Can’t stay all afternoon? Then join us at 5pm for a brief welcome, snacks and readings from our favorite peace builders.
Full schedule of peace building practices below. More details added as they become available. Activities are free of change.
Readings on Peace: Join the Hull-House Museum and Tracers Book Club for a brief welcome and series of peace readings at 5pm. Bring a reading to share or just your curiosity. Hot chocolate and treats will be served.
Guided Meditation: The sound room at Hull-House will be available for those who would like to meditate while listening to a recording of a guided meditation. Ongoing, unfacilitated.
Activism: . Project Nia will facilitate a space where folks can express their positions on bills like SB1342, which would increase the mandatory minimum sentence for gun possession charges, and offer a message of what community safety looks like in Chicago.
Ear Seeds Workshop: facilitated by Sage Community Health Collective. Experience a quality "acupuncture" experience in a group setting. You will be seated in a comfortable reclining chair in the Hull-House parlor and paired with one of the available acupuncturists. Learn a "Do No Harm" self and community care tool that is fun for the whole family. Ear seeds are small seeds taped to points on the ear that provide gentle stimulation to specific points for the relief of pain, stress, and much more. Sign up here for your preferred session. communityacupuncturedec10.eventbrite.com
Peace Circle: co-facilitated by Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Education Coordinator Irina Zadov and UIC Criminal Justice Society's Brandi Vigil at 5:30pm. Experience the practice of restorative justice and imagine personal, campus, and city-wide peace through a process of trust-building, conversation, and relationship development. http://restorativepeacecircle.eventbrite.com
Bread Baking: Jacqueline Vasan of Bread from the Heart will offer three bread baking workshops throughout the afternoon. Learn how to make a hearty ciabatta bread and take home your own batch of dough. Sign up here for your preferred session. breadbakingdec10.eventbrite.com
Share your vision of peace: Jane Addams believed that peace is not merely the absence of war. What is your vision of peace? Share your ideas and receive a free peace poster.
World Music that inspires peace by Sound Culture.
About Jane Addams:
Jane Addams was America’s first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. She won this award for her commitment to peace worldwide, but Addams and the other women of the Hull-House Settlement understood that, in order to create peace between nations, one must begin at home and create the conditions for peace to flourish, in our neighborhoods and communities. For Jane Addams, this meant advocating for safe housing and work environments, fighting for immigrants’ rights, and speaking out against racism and harmful stereotypes. Along with the residents and neighbors of Hull-House, she helped to pass critical labor reforms and anti-sweatshop laws, advocated for free speech, and worked for a more inclusive and democratic society.
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.