Free Write and Illinois Humanities Present Elective Studies Supper Club

Illinois Humanities, in partnership with Land and Sea Dept. and Free Write Arts & Literacy, presents the next installation of the Elective Studies Supper Club.  This free program will include presentations by formerly incarcerated artists Dr. Randall Horton and Angel Pantoja, a conversation moderated by Tracie D. Hall of the Joyce Foundation, a meal by Chef Q Ibraheem, a Letherbee Distillers cocktail by Land and Sea Dept. Beverage Director Paul McGee, beer from Lagunitas Brewing Co., and the great company of some of Chicago’s criminal justice reform leaders.

Elective Studies Supper Club

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Land and Sea Dept. Headquarters

3124 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago

6pm – 9:30pm; FREE

Lecture: “You Can’t Go Home Again: Navigating The Return From Prison To Treacherous Material Realities”

Dinner to follow.

This event converges the Elective Studies series with Envisioning Justice, which is an initiative created and facilitated by Illinois Humanities using the arts and humanities to engage Chicagoans in a citywide conversation about the impact of incarceration and jails with the goal of imagining a new criminal justice system.

More on the lecture:

“You Can’t Go Home Again: Navigating The Return From Prison To Treacherous Material Realities”

Dr. Randall Horton, University of New Haven

Angel Pantoja, Free Write Arts & Literacy

Two previously incarcerated men negotiate through discussion and story; through verse and theory, their journeys from being imprisoned to a level of participation many would consider success. How are they finding their way back? How difficult is the journey? How continuous the struggle? What if we didn’t frame the lives of the previously incarcerated as a series of hurdles that must be overcome in order to become full citizens again? What does rehabilitation mean in this environment?

To help guide our framing of these questions; to help us imagine the re-shaping of our imaginations, Tracie D. Hall, author, curator, cultural worker, will join us to moderate the discussion among Horton, Pantoja, and the gathered.

Dr. Randall Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature and most recently the GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Non-Fiction for Hook: A Memoir (2015) published by Augury Books/Brooklyn Art Press. His previous work includes poetry collections: The Definition of Place (2006) and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street (2009), both with Main Street Rag; and Pitch Dark Anarchy (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press, 2013). Horton is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Haven. He is a member of the experimental performance group Heroes Are Gang Leaders, with recent performances at Berlin Jazzfest, Crossing the Border Festival in The Hague, and Jazz Jantar in Gdansk, Poland. Originally from Birgmingham, Alabama, he now resides in East Harlem, New York City.

Angel Pantoja‘s poetry is published in several anthologies and journals. He is a student at St. John’s University in Maryland. A native Chicagoan, he is alumni coordinator for Free Write Arts & Literacy.

Tracie D. Hall is Joyce Foundation’s Culture Program Director.  Previously, Hall served as Deputy Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, where she oversaw the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music Industry, and Farmers Market programs, as well as the Chicago Film Office. In addition to holding posts in the educational, non-profit, and public sectors across the country, Hall has taught as visiting professor at Catholic, Southern Connecticut State, and Wesleyan Universities. In 2016, Hall founded Rootwork Gallery, which is dedicated to showing art that has healing and the investigation of folk and indigenous cultures at its core. A graduate of the University of Washington, University of California, and Yale University, Hall was raised in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.

More on the chef:
Chef Q Ibraheem has traveled through the restaurant scenes in Detroit, Atlanta, and Chicago, where she has worked at the Michelin-starred Elizabeth, among other restaurants. Along the way, she became an Executive Chef and Corporate Executive Chef at P.S. It’s Social, a restaurant training program for ex-offenders and at-risk young adults.  Her culinary arts curriculum has been implemented by Oakton Community College, where she has worked as a culinary art instructor.  Chef Q is now Owner & Executive Chef at Teertsemasesottehg – Secret Location Underground Supper Club. She serves on the Board of The Evanston Exchange as Vice President and is the Director of the Foster Street Urban Agriculture Program.






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