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The Struggle for Justice: Changing the Narrative on Mass Incarceration

Event Date:

October 8, 2019 | 6:00 PM EDT TO 8:00 PM EDT


SAIC Ballroom
112 South Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60603

Artwork by Adam Pendleton in The 1619 Project, page 15. 2019.

The Pulitzer Center is proud to partner with The New York Times Magazine on The 1619 Project to...

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The Pulitzer Center, along with Campus Consortium partner the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Illinois Humanities, will host an evening focused on the struggle for justice. The conversation will span from the initial arrival of enslaved people in 1619 to the mass incarceration of Black and Brown people. 

Award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times will begin the evening program with opening remarks on The 1619 Project. The evening will also include an expert panel of criminal justice advocates, journalists, and educators, followed by a Q&A session where Hannah-Jones will join the panelists. 

Remarks will be given by Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer, SAIC President Elissa Tenny, and Illinois Humanities Executive Director Gabrielle Lyon. The panel of experts will be moderated by Kristen Mack, Interim Director of Communications for the MacArthur Foundation, and will feature these panelists:

  • Norris Henderson, Founder and Executive Director, Voice of the Experienced
  • Sarah Ross, Assistant Professor, SAIC and Cofounder of the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project
  • Brian L. Frank, Photojournalist and Pulitzer Center Grantee
  • Jason Boulware (MFA 2016), Lecturer, SAIC

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event website here.