Let's Get Free

 Join us for great music and great conversation!

Let’s Get Free!
Music, Mass Incarceration, and the Right to (Re)Make the City

Monday, April 16, 2018
4:30 - 6:30 pm

University of Chicago SSA Lobby
 969 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Watch the Livestream Here starting at 5:00 pm (CST).

While mass incarceration has changed the urban landscape, the subjects of crime control have resisted at every turn. They occupy spaces they deem hostile, staging sit-ins and die-ins that clog city streets. They mobilize to change the laws and policies that constrain their lives and resist through survival, making a place for their families and re-making the city in their own image along the way. 

This panel examines some of the creative ways that people push to get free, paying careful attention to the use of music and speculative artistic practices to bring about a better world.

The panel moves from the “raptivism” of Bella Bahhs, who performs freedom songs to organize black people affected by mass incarceration, to Bill Sites’ examination of the music of Sun Ra, whose speculative jazz helped launch afro-futurism and helped shape Black Chicago. Fergus McNeill will take us "across the pond" to see how people affected by criminal justice in Scotland use popular music and photography to resist and challenge ‘pervasive punishment’ and to explore the meanings of community reintegration.


Belle Bahhs (Black Ancestors Here Healing Society), 2017 Soros Justice Fellow and hip hop activist
Bill Sites, SSA Associate Professor
Fergus McNeil, Professor of Criminology & Social Work (Sociology), University of Glasgow

Co-hosted and moderated by: Reuben Jonathan Miller, SSA Assistant Professor and Franklin Cosey-Gay, Project Director, CCYVP

This event is free and open to the public. 
Click here for more information and to register by April 13.

Special thanks to the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention (CCYVP) who sponsored this event.

Persons with disabilities or anyone requiring special accommodations,
please contact Carmella Snook at csnook@uchicago.edu or call 773.702.9700.