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 featuring scholars and community leaders exploring the following themes: democracy and culture, gender and identity, immigration and health, and race and citizenship. Director of 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 Visiting Lecturer at UChicago, will discuss democratizing the museum and creating spaces to teach, build and learn from one another. Lee will draw 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 will discuss how issues of gender and identity inform their justice work. Speakers include 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, Executive Director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, will discuss 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, will share his work developing community-based responses to address public health concerns globally. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019: Global Justice
UChicago professor Adom Getachew will discuss her new book, Worldmaking After Empire, offering new perspectives on globalization and alternative visions of world making.