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On What We Owe, Parts of Speech: Astra Taylor

Do the indebted have rights? How do creditors profit from the inequalities caused by debt? How can we form solidarity around indebtedness and make our voices heard? Hull-House co-presents with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, "On What We Owe," the latest installation of "Parts of Speech" - a series of lectures addressing the influence of speech on opinion, authority, intimacy and action. Join us at Hull-House in a conversation with activist, Astra Taylor about how debt affects millions of Americans today, and what we can do about it together. Filmmaker Astra Taylor asks how we can amplify the voices of millions of Americans who are debtors: those shamed for owing money and pressured to toil at low-wage jobs, exploited by creditors, and ignored by politicians. The Debt Collective, an organization founded by Taylor and collaborator Laura Hanna, will facilitate a debtor’s assembly. This forum will enable debtors to share their experiences and understand how creditors contribute to inequality.

If you are in debt, have ever owed anything, or sympathize with others who are in debt, come share you voice!

As part of the Commons Artist Project entitled "Parts of Speech," a series of experimental lectures take place at sites of assembly throughout Chicago. "Parts of Speech" is by Public Fiction (Lauren Mackler) with Triple Canopy. The Commons Artist Project is organized by January Parkos Arnall with Christy LeMaster from Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This session is in collaboration with Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Learn more.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (JAHHM) draws upon the legacy of international peace activist and feminist, Jane Addams, and her colleagues who worked to create social reform among their immigrant neighbors on the Near West Side of Chicago during the Progressive Era. The museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision. Exhibitions and public programs examine the histories of progressive education, democratic participation and social change.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists.