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Dismantling the Prison Nation: Mass Incarceration Chicago

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DePaul University - Lincoln Park Student Center

2250 North Sheffield Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

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DePaul University will host a symposium on mass incarceration and will focus on the Chicago context.

We will explore re-entry, the role of education, wrongful conviction, police-community relations, restorative justice, and the Inside-Out Prison-Exchange program among other issues central to mass-incarceration in Illinois.

We will hear from formerly incarcerated students and attendees in a series of breakout sessions, interactive workshops and artistic activities, detailed below.

Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. Parking and event registration information coming soon. Contact Nila Hofman at nhofman@depaul.edu for more information.


Esteemed Guests:

Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney. Attorney Foxx will deliver the Keynote address

Dr. Daniel Geiter, Ed.D., President of Ward College, a BA-granting institute that services the formerly incarcerated. Dr. Geiter and Ward College students will discuss their experiences with the criminal justice system, as well as strategies for successful re-entry.

Marc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project foundation, and author of Race to Incarcerate. Mr. Mauer, is a leading expert on sentencing policy and criminal justice reform.

Jamie Kalven, investigative journalist and human rights activist with the Invisible Institute, a journalistic production company engaged in human rights documentation and civil rights legislation, based on Chicago’s South Side.

Friday, November 3, Student Center Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue


12:00-12:15 Welcome and opening statements

Dr. Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco, Dean of DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

12:15-1:00 Ted Talk

Dr. Daniel Geiter

1:00-2:00 Panel—Strategies for Success

Dr. Geiter and Ward College students

Moderated by Dr. Christina Rivers, Associate Professor of Political Science & Director of the Center for Black Diaspora

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-2:45 Written on the Inside

Featuring performances of inmate writing by ChiDirects and other DePaul students

2:45-4:15 Breakout Session

Moderated by Ward College students

4:15-5:15 Interactive Audience “Dropping Knowledge” Feedback Session

Moderated by John Zeigler, Director Egan Office of Urban Education & Community Partnerships

5:15-6:00 Reception and refreshments

6:00-7:30 Keynote address

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

7:30-9:30 Artistic Performances

Featuring ChiDirects and other DePaul students


Saturday, November 4, 2017. John R. Cortelyou Commons. 2342 N. Fremont

9:00-9:30 Meet, greet and mingle, with refreshments

9:30-11:30 Presentation and Workshop Panel

Marc Mauer, Director of The Sentencing Project

Panel of DePaul students participants of the Inside Out Prison Exchange education program

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-2:00 Interactive Audience “Dropping Knowledge” Feedback Session

Facilitated by DePaul students

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-4:15 Presentation and Workshop Panel

Jamie Kalven, Investigative Journalist and Human Rights Activist

Panel of DePaul law students & founders of the Justice and Equity Foundation

4:15-5:00 Closing affirmations and community call to action


With thanks to the African and Black Diaspora Studies program, the Center for Black Diaspora, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Community Service Studies program, the Geography Department, the Peace and Justice Studies Program, the Political Science Department, the Public Policy program, the School for Public Service, the Social Work program, the Sociology department, Steans Center, the Vincentian Endowment Fund, and the Women’s and Gender studies department for their generous support of this program. With gratitude also for the participation of our guests, our incarcerated colleagues, our students, staff and faculty, and for all in attendance.


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