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Roundtable: What Political Work can a Memorial Project Do?

July 24, 2011, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Mess Hall
6932 N. Glenwood

A Roundtable Discussion on the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project (http://chicagotorture.org/) is the final event in a two-week residency at Mess Hall. We invite you to discuss the project—its intentions, goals, potential outcomes, and possible problems—with the project organizers, advisory board members, and allies.

We will begin with three short (5 min.) presentations, each of which offers up different questions and concerns that might structure our discussion and then turn to a moderated open discussion amongst all in attendance.


Mario Vanegas, Chilean torture survivor
Mary Fabri, Senior Director, Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, in Rogers Park
Sali Vicki Casanova, Artist, Activist, Black People Against Torture

Roundtables are a mode of producing knowledge-in-common. These are public events to which all are welcomed. Each roundtable discussion is structured around a set of key questions, and is an attempt to bring together different individuals or organizations that may not habitually encounter each other directly. Roundtable discussions are always paired with food!

Pechakucha Presentations: Memorials that do Political Work

July 23, 2011, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Mess Hall
6932 N. Glenwood

Ten speakers will present short presentations exploring the memorial form and some of its most interesting and relevant examples.

Pecha Kucha is a public lecture format invented in Japan by Klein Dytham architects as a way to offer many different creative perspectives in one evening, and to prevent each speaker from talking too much! Each speaker shows 20 slides with 20 seconds for each slide, a total of 6 minutes and 45 seconds per speaker. The slides move forward automatically, so there is no dilly-dallying.

The name (invented in Japan) is meant to signify the sound of conversation.

The goal is to think through the memorial form together, and to explore its most interesting or most successful iterations.

Opening Exhibition at Mess Hall

July 14, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Mess Hall
6932 N. Glenwood
6:30-7:00pm—Reception 7:00-8:00pm–Presentations on “Forgetting to Remember: The Meaning of Memorials” 8:00-8:30pm–Q & A The opening for the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (http://chicagotorture.org/) residency at Mess Hall (July 14 –July 24) will feature an exhibition on the Chicago Police Torture Cases and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project and will include presentations by: Flint Taylor (People’s Law Office): “The Chicago Police Torture Cases” Adam Green (University of Chicago): “Collective Memory & the Memorial Form” Stephen Eisenman (Northwestern): “Torture Imagery and the Pathos of Memory” Come find out more about the project and pick up a copy of the open call.

Project Launch Event

June 28, 2011, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Hull House
800 S. Halsted St.


We invite artists and those who seek justice of all kinds to submit proposals for a monument to memorialize the Chicago Police torture cases. Our goal is to honor the survivors of torture, their family members, and the African American communities affected by the torture. The monument will also recall and honor the nearly two-decades long struggle for justice waged by torture survivors and their families, attorneys, community organizers, and people from every neighborhood and walk of life in Chicago.

The program will include:

  • Music and performances by Deja K. Taylor and Nicole Garneau;
  • Testimony by Darrell Cannon, torture survivor;
  • Case history by Joey Mogul, Attorney with People’s Law Office representing torturesurvivors,
  • Discussion of Reparations, Stan Willis, National Conference of Black Lawyers
  • and an introduction to the project by the organizers, who include:

Alice Kim, Amy Partridge, Laurie Palmer, Joey Mogul, Stephen Eisenman, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Jan Susler, Daniel Tucker, Carla Mayer, Ellen Rothenberg, Ben Stagl

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