Join Jane Addams Hull-House Museum as we reunite--for the first time in two decades--the founding members of the West Side Writers Guild (WSWG), an organization formed in 1990 that addressed the absence of literature about Chicago's West Side by creating works of their own. Come engage in a provocative and lively discussion as these writers collectively remember their West Side experiences, reflect on the significance and legacy of their efforts and read excerpts from their pioneering works. They'll also discuss the future of West Side literature. Moderated by Ellis Cose and featuring former WSWG Writers: Mark Allen Boone, Cranston S. Knight, Irene J. Steele, Harold Hunter, and Tina Jenkins Bell. This program is a part of the Making the West Side project at Hull-House, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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. This program is presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100, a multi-year national celebration of poet Gwendolyn Brooks.
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.
Come hear about emerging art initiatives in Pilsen, North Lawndale, Austin and the Lower West Side. Featuring Tracie D. Hall, Nicole Marroquin, and Sarah Beth Woods. Moderated by Ra Joy.
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.
Join Hull-House and Jess Heaney from Critical Resistance for a screening and discussion. The Prison In Twelve Landscapes unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA. An award winning documentary film, The Prison in 12 Landscapes, provides an excellent entry point into understanding the prison industrial complex and the 2.2 million people in prison or in jail in the United States who are displaced from their communities. This program is presented in support of the exhibition, States of Incarceration, on view at Hull-House through August 10.
States of Incarceration is the first national traveling multi-media exhibition to explore the history and future of mass incarceration in the United States. The exhibition's visits in Chicago is in collaboration with DePaul University's Department of History partnered with the New School and Humanities Action Lab. In the exhibition, 20 communities across the country explore the deep historical roots of incarceration, share personal stories related to the issue, and strategize ways of enacting policy change.
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. Image credit: Brandon Fields/JAHHM
In the past few years, questions around the common good have risen to the level of national debate and the depletion of funding for public services demonstrate that much has changed since Jane Addams founded the Hull-House Social Settlement in 1889. Resulting in year-long series of seminars grounded in the work of Progressive Era activists and the Hull-House Settlement, this interdisciplinary program will explore the importance of the humanities in community work on the common good.
After seven months of a contested campaign and election season, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum’s exhibition, Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for Who Legally Can't will close with a reception and timely theatrical performance.
During a day of dance and protest, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will offer Spanish and English language tours focused on worker rights issues important to Hull-House reformers and their immigrant neighbors. The tours will culminate with a participatory ‘CareForce Disco’ workshop facilitated by artist Marisa Morán Jahn that narrates the growing movement for affordable care, domestic workers’ rights, and immigration. JAHHM presents CareForceOne in partnership with Open Engagement in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition, VOX POP: The Disco Party, that provides platforms for discontented and disenfranchised votes and voices, on view through April 30.
Join us in a lively conversation at Hull-House as we assess this divide and find ways to bridge it. Featuring Dr. Amara Enyia, Lee Bey, and Natalie Y. Moore. Moore's recent book The South Side: A Portrait of American Segregation will be on sale thanks to Women and Children First. Presented in partnership with UIC’s Department of African American Studies and UIC’s Great Cities Institute.
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.
Join us for our Making the West Side preview website launch and a conversation at Hull-House exploring the ways in which activists and artists creatively engage youth to address historical and contemporary issues of gender justice, patriarchy and safety on Chicago’s west side. Presented in Partnership with UIC Women's Leadership and Resource Center.
March 16, 6:00– 8:00 PM
Women, Culture, & Comics
Book talk and discussion with Trina Robbins
An evening with award-winning herstorian and writer Trina Robbins. As part of Chicago’s centennial celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks, Trina Robbins’ talk will focus on women and diversity in comics as vehicles for cultural understanding and social change. JAHHM is pleased to collaborate with UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, UIC Women's Leadership and Resource Center, Seminary Co-op Bookstores, and Our Miss Brooks 100, a year long celebration of the life and poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks. Free RSVP. Limited seating available.
March 10, 6:00-8:00PM
International Women’s Day: Contemplating Absences and Distances
A Reading/ Performance and Book Signing of Because When God Is Too Busy: Haïti, me, & THE WORLD by Gina Athena Ulysse
Celebrate International Women’s Day with Gina Athena Ulysse. In her most feminist book to date, artist-academic-activist, Ulysse, uses chants, poetry, performance and photography to confront the past, which looms too largely in the present. JAHHM is pleased to partner with the UIC African American Cultural Center, UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, and the Haitian American Museum of Chicago. Free RSVP. Limited seating available.
Halal If You Hear Me is a forthcoming anthology of writings by Muslims who are women, queer, genderqueer, nonbinary, or trans. Join us for an evening of poetry and performance by Muslim artists celebrating intersectional identity and dispelling the notion that there is only one way to be muslim. This event is co-hosted by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and Young Chicago Authors as part of the 2017 Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival. JAHMM presents this program in collaboration with the Muslim American Leadership Alliance and the UIC Arab American Cultural Center. Sign-up for the Open Mic starts at 6:30pm. Free. Limited seating available.