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“Carving Out Rights” Book Launch


Online program register here:

Join the Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project and Human Rights Lab for the launch of Carving Out Rights from Inside the Prison Industrial Complex (Hat & Beard, 2021). This Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project book features 30 brilliantly crafted foam block prints—one for each article in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—made by artists at Stateville Prison, who struggle daily for their own human rights. Collectively the prints reject the conditional rights and dehumanization perpetuated by the carceral state and claim the dignity of universal inalienable rights.

Editors and contributors to the book will discuss what it means to represent justice and carve out rights from inside the prison industrial complex.

Register here.


Renaldo Hudson (Education Director, Illinois Prison Project)

Aaron Hughes (Teaching Artist, Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project & Justseeds member)

Alice Kim (Director of Human Rights Practice, Pozen Center Human Rights Lab)

Barbara Ransby (Director, Social Justice Initiative, University of Illinois-Chicago)

Presented in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; the Mass Incarceration Working Group; and the Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project.

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