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Reading Their Way Into History: How Books Inspired a Generation of American Women

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jane Addams (Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1931), historian and Swat alum. Barbara Sicherman ’55 will talk about her recently published book, Well Read Lives: How Books Inspired a Generation of American Women. The generation of women who grew up in America’s first Gilded Age left an extraordinary record of public achievement-as physicians and scientists, educators and social scientists. Inspired by their reading (not only what they ready, but how and with whom), often lost-and found- themselves in treasured books and worked out a life purpose around them.

Date: Monday, April 19, 2010

Place: McCabe Popular Reading Room

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Reception and book signing to follow the talk

Accompanying exhibit of books which inspired Jane Addams

Co-sponsored by the Swarthmore College Peace Collection and McCabe Library

Contact: Wendy E. Chmielewski  wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu

“The mission of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection is to gather, preserve, and make accessible material that documents non-governmental efforts for nonviolent social change, disarmament, and conflict resolution between peoples and nations.”