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Voices of Hope:
The Story of the Jane Addams School for Democracy

(Kettering Foundation, 2007, edited by Nan Kari and Nan Skelton)

‘Voices of Hope’ provides an inspiring, close-up look at new immigrants and their institutional partners transforming lives through community education and public work. This is of great relevance to our national debates about immigration and the future of our democracy.
– Carmen Sirianni, professor of sociology and public policy, Brandeis University, and editor, Civic Practices Network

Voices of Hope bookVoices of Hope is an engaging account of the Jane Addams School as told through the voices of the school’s participants. It features 22 essays by 12 writers, including non-native English speakers, and more than 75 photos. The essays cover topics from the founding of the school to its role in providing a space for democratic work, from an American groom’s story of his traditional Somali wedding to reflections from a language instructor on how the school influenced her approach to teaching, and a poignant tale of one refugee’s journey from Laos to America.

More information about the book and sample essays are available from
the book’s publisher, the Kettering Foundation

Copies of the book can be ordered at amazon.com.

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