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 ( 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!