Stateville Lecture Series

In Spring 2019, the Human Rights Lab partnered with the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project to present a guest lecture series at Stateville Prison. The series featured scholars and community leaders exploring the following themes: democracy and culture, gender and identity, immigration and health, and race and citizenship. Director of Human Rights Practice Alice Kim moderated each discussion, unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019: Creative Democracy
Lisa Lee, executive director of the National Public Housing Museum and a visiting lecturer at UChicago, discussed democratizing the museum and creating spaces to teach, build, and learn from one another. Lee drew on her work establishing the only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019: Gender and Identity
Key community leaders and scholars discussed how issues of gender and identity inform their justice work. Speakers included Janae Bonsu (BYP100, Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC, and UChicago SSA alumna); Jason Lydon (Black and Pink, First Unitarian Church of Hyde Park); and Deana Lewis (National Women’s Studies Association). Moderated by Erica Meiners (Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project).

Wednesday, April 24, 2019: Immigration and Health 
Susan Gzesh discussed current issues in immigration reform and her work promoting cross-border, transnational dialogues on migration policy. Evan Lyon, a physician who works with Heartland Alliance and Partners in Health, shared his work developing community-based responses to address public health concerns globally. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019: Global Justice
Adom Getachew discussed her new book, Worldmaking After Empire, offering new perspectives on globalization and alternative visions of worldmaking.