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Summer Series: Laurie Jo Reynolds, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • When: July 11, 2018, 12 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th floor, Lakeside, Chicago, IL 60611

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The Demonization and Social Exclusion of People in the Criminal Legal System

Reynolds will discuss political organizing against the two retributive extremes of solitary confinement and public conviction registries. Using case studies, she will describe how artistic and cultural approaches can be used for the critical work of narrative reframing for these fear-based policies.

Courtesy of University of Illinois at Chicago

Laurie Jo Reynolds is an artist and policy advocate whose work challenges the demonization, warehousing and social exclusion of people in the criminal legal system.  She produces bill analyses, communications trainings, conferences, symposiums, performances, listening campaigns, photography projects, and calling cards. As a current Soros Artist Fellow and Art for Justice grantee, she builds collaborations to oppose the damaging impact of registries and exclusion zones, and for policies that truly recognize and prevent victimization. She was the organizer of Tamms Year Ten, the grassroots legislative campaign to close the notorious state supermax, which Illinois Governor Pat Quinn shuttered in 2013. She has received fellowships and grants from Open Society Foundations, Creative Capital, Opportunity Agenda, and United States Artists, as well as Creative Time’s Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. She is Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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