2009.02.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
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Social Work to Host Book Event March 24
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Social Work will host a book launch of The Grace Abbott Reader on Tuesday, March 24, at the university’s Collaborating Commons in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building. The book’s editor, John Sorensen, will speak at the 5 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public.
Sorensen serves as the director of the Abbott Sisters Project. The Reader features the most influential and insightful writings--primarily speeches and informational articles--of Grace Abbott (1878–1939), a social worker and reformer of the early twentieth century and a native Nebraskan. Her work contributed to the development of social programs that safeguarded mothers and children, protected immigrants from abuse, and rescued child laborers. She served as Chief of the U.S. Children's Bureau from 1921 through 1934.
“The legacy of Grace Abbott is one to celebrate. We are extremely happy to host this event and talk about her legacy,” said Ann Coyne, professor in the School of Social Work.
Over the past year, Sorensen has also worked with young Sudanese refugees in Grand Island, Nebraska (Abbott’s hometown) making a story quilt, titled “Dreams and Memories.” A well-known quilter from South Carolina, Peggie Hartwell, has directed the project. Hartwell and a group of the Sudanese-American girls will attend the book launch along with teachers from Grand Island Public Schools. A New York-based film crew will accompany the refugees and teachers during their day in Omaha as part of a PBS documentary project about the creation of the quilt and its relationship to Abbott's work.
The book launch will also include a presentation on Abbott, a reading from the new book, music and video clips from the PBS documentary. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.
UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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