Lunch & Learn: Building Abolition in Our Communities, Now

October 8, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Join writer, educator, and organizer, Erica R. Meiners in conversation with faculty member and inaugural chair of the new Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading, Dr. Sabina Vaught to discuss how to build abolition in our communities.

Please read these brief pieces by Meiners. You may wish to identify quotes that shaped your learning:

Meet Erica R. Meiners

Writer, educator and organizer, Erica R. Meiners has published in a range of periodicals including Meridians, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, Radical Teacher, American Quarterly, Captive Genders, and In These Times. Current work includes For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State (University of Minnesota 2016), a co-edited anthology The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Towards Freedom (Haymarket Press 2018), the co-authored The Feminist and the Sex Offender: Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence (Verso 2020), and the forthcoming co-authored Abolition. Feminism. Now. (Haymarket 2021). A Distinguished Visiting Scholar at a range of universities and centers - including the CUNY Graduate Center, Trent University, the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, and Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum, her work has been recognized by awards including the 2015 Henry Trueba Award from the American Education Research Association, a 2016 Soros Justice Fellowship, and other support from the Illinois Humanities Council, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and US Department of Education. The Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, Erica is a member of her labor union, University Professionals of Illinois, and she teaches classes in justice studies, education, and gender and sexuality studies. Most importantly, Erica is involved with a range of ongoing mobilizations for liberation, particularly movements that involve access to free public education for all, including people during and after incarceration, and other queer abolitionist struggles. A member of Critical Resistance, Prison Neighborhood Arts / Education Project, Illinois Death in Custody Project, and the Education for Liberation Network, she is a sci-fi fan, an avid runner, and a lover of bees and cats.