On Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:00 pm at the Logan Center (yes, your thesis will already be turned in) MAPH is co-sponsoring a panel discussion on Chicago police Torture. This event will make a great companion event to the film screening and panel on The Interrupters we held last fall which sparked much discussion and interest among MAPH students about the city and neighborhood you have been calling home.
As a counterpoint, to the hard work of completing your theses it is a great moment to get out of your own head and think about what it means that just south of this campus over 100 people were allegedly tortured at the hands of the police.
The discussion will feature John Conroy, the Chicago journalist who covered the Chicago police torture scandal, who has now written a play inspired by the cases he covered. His book on torture, Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People is often taught in courses at the university. In addition to John, panelists will include Craig Futterman, founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project at the University of Chicago, Former Chicago Police Superintendent Richard Brzeczek, People’s Law Office founding partner G. Flint Taylor and will be moderated by WBEZ’s Kelly Kleiman.
At the start of the evening actors will perform a scene from the play as a spark for discussion and there will be a period for questions and discussion from the audience. A reception will follow the event.
Personally, I have been working on this project as a dramaturg since a workshop last year. In moment when the relevance of the humanities is being challenged, it is a great opportunity to have a conversation about what the role of journalism or a play might be in a public dialogue about a serious social concern like torture.
I hope you will make time at the end of the quarter and the end of your MAPH year to come participate.