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Legacies and Voices
What do you want your legacy to be?
DePaul University | Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program
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Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607
May 16, 2017August 11, 2017

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Illinois: Legacies and Voices
What do you want your legacy to be?
DePaul University | Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program

During a prison exchange program, DePaul students and incarcerated men asked each other: What do you want your personal legacy to be?

Some wanted to become grassroots organizers or teachers, making a difference in their world. Others simply wanted to be remembered as a good person. Some incarcerated students hoped to show what prisons do to people, families, and communities. Others recalled dreams incarceration took from them—becoming a baseball player, a rock star, a doctor, a fireman. Some said they never had the chance to think about legacy.

What do we, the people of Illinois, want our collective legacy to be? Our state’s criminal justice history includes torture, racism, wrongful convictions, the first supermax. This is our legacy now, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. For generations, activists, reformers, legal advocates, and prisoners themselves have struggled to rewrite Illinois’s incarceration story.

Our Point of View

In taking up questions about Illinois’s legacies of mass incarceration, our history class partnered with DePaul’s Inside-Out program, led by Dr. Dominica Kimberly Moe. We visited Dr. Moe’s class, held at Stateville Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Illinois, and exchanged essays with fellow students, half of whom are currently incarcerated. This project—and this unique collaboration—provided us the rare opportunity to reflect on our pasts and together envision a future.

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Illinois: Legacies and Voices    DePaul University
What do you want your legacy to be?
Illinois: Legacies and Voices
What do you want your legacy to be?
  DePaul University

National Exhibition Venue    Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Public Dialogues and Events
| May 16 – August 11, 2017

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Film
Apr 12, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

IL: 13TH Film Screening

Description: 

13th Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
6:00pm 9:00pm

Join Radical Public Health and local activist organizations to learn about how the 13th Amendment established the legal continuation of slavery in the US—primarily targeting people of color—and what you can do to fight it. We will follow the screening with small group discussions facilitated by representatives from local activist organizations, so attendees can learn how they can get involved in the fight against the prison industrial complex.

Doors open at 6:00. Screening begins at 6:15.
Free. refreshments will be served.
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Time: 
6PM
Venue: 

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607

May 16, 2017

Courtesy of: Danomyte, via Adobe Stock.

Courtesy of: Danomyte, via Adobe Stock.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

IL: Where has Childhood Gone? A discussion about the changing experiences of youth in Chicago.

Description: 

If you work or care for youth, come join us for dinner to discuss the institutions that are affecting the youth experience in Chicago as a part of Chicago Community Trust's On The Table forum. Educators, community organizers, and people working within the juvenile justice system will facilitate a conversation that will explore juvenile justice, education and newfound pressures for today’s children. Youth will also participate in the conversation.

Click here to RSVP. Limited seats will be available.

We invite you to connect and share stories from your own experiences. Inspired by Hull-House Settlement’s efforts...read more…

Time: 
6PM
Venue: 

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607

Exhibition
May 16, 2017

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

IL: States of Incarceration Exhibition Opening in Chicago

Description: 

Join us on May 16th for the States of Incarceration opening in Chicago, IL. During a prison exchange program, DePaul students and incarcerated men asked each other: What do you want your personal legacy to be? Visit the exhibition in Chicago through August 11th to learn more about the prison exchange program, as well as the legacies and voices of those directly impacted by incarceration.

Event details here.read more…

Time: 
6PM
Venue: 

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607

Film
Jun 12, 2017

Visitors explore the States of Incarceration exhibition at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, IL.

Visitors explore the States of Incarceration exhibition at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, IL.

Monday, June 12, 2017

IL: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes Film Screening with Critical Resistance

Description: 

Join Hull-House and Jess Heaney from Critical Resistance for a screening and discussion of The Prison In Twelve Landscapes, a film about the prison and its life in the American landscape. Over two million people are in prison or in jail in the United States, displaced from their communities into a vast system which reorganizes society in complex ways.

The Prison In Twelve Landscapes unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state...read more…

Time: 
6PM
Venue: 

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Exhibition
Jun 14, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

IL: Pedagogy on the Inside

Description: 

Pedagogy on the Inside is a panel discussion, hosted by JAHHM, that will feature DePaul University and Inside-Out Prison Exchange. Speakers will explore the pedagogies and learning methods used in prisons between non-incarcerated and incarcerated participants, exploring potential and limitations, paradoxes and resolutions.

Learn more about the event and RSVP here.read more…

Time: 
6PM to 9PM
Venue: 

800 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL, 60607-7017

Jun 25, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

IL: Family Day at Hull-House

Description: 

Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum for a Family Day of celebrating collective action and art making. In response to the current exhibition, States of Incarceration, families can participate in kid-friendly activities including sewing, letter writing, dance, games, photography viewing, and tours. Rachel Wallis, the artist behind Gone But Not Forgotten quilts currently on display, will lead quilting activities and letter writing. Design Dance will lead a workshop for the whole family, using movement to provide families with the opportunity to enjoy physical movement together and decompress. Families will also have the chance to see photos from Art Works Projects exhibition...read more…

Time: 
12PM
Venue: 

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Exhibition
Jul 18, 2017

In 2012, DePaul University began its Inside-Out program, wherein incarcerated people and college students meet and learn as equals. This design appears on the t-shirts DePaul's "outside-students" wear "inside". Courtesy of: Eric, an incarcerated student in DePaul’s Inside-Out program

In 2012, DePaul University began its Inside-Out program, wherein incarcerated people and college students meet and learn as equals. This design appears on the t-shirts DePaul's "outside-students" wear "inside". Courtesy of: Eric, an incarcerated student in DePaul’s Inside-Out program

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

IL: "I shall create!": Arts on the Inside

Description: 

Honoring the power of poetry and expression, "I shall create!": Arts on the Inside draws inspiration from a line in Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “Boy Breaking Glass” (1968/1992). “I shall create! If not a note, a hole. If not an overture, a desecration.” The program will feature a reading roundtable of poetry and written by individuals who have been--or who currently are--incarcerated. Book-ending the roundtable, will be a conversation about the role of the arts in jails and prisons. This program is presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100, a multi-year national celebration of poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Time: 
6PM to 8PM
Venue: 

800 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL, 60607-7017

States of Incarceration is created by over 500 people in 17 states, and growing. We explore the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities—to open national dialogue on what should happen next. Click on a state to learn more.

States of Incarceration is created by over 500 people in 17 states, and growing. We explore the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities—to open national dialogue on what should happen next. Click on a state to learn more.

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