Spring 2022 Mellon Lecture in the Engaged Humanities
Date / Time
April 19, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
We would like to invite you to the Spring 2022 Mellon Lecture.
4 p.m. ARC 137 and on Zoom
This lecture will explore the power of the humanities to foster reflection, connection and imagination needed to build more just and equitable possibilities for our communities, particularly those disproportionately impacted by systemic injustice. How can we use the humanities to engage diverse communities in transformative conversations about social issues? How can the humanities serve as healing modalities inviting us to understand the range of lived experiences within all systems of oppression? How can the humanities strengthen change-driven communities creating holistic and reparative solutions to structural violence?
Tyreece Williams is the program manager for the Envisioning Justice initiative at Illinois Humanities, which leverages the arts and humanities to envision alternatives to the enduring injustice of mass incarceration. In this role, he oversees the program’s grantmaking portfolio and develops free, high-quality humanities experiences throughout Illinois designed to enrich individual and community-based visions of justice. Tyreece graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with a degree in communications in 2016 and worked for several years in the Office of Student Development Services for UIC’s New Student Orientation Program. It was after graduating from UIC that Tyreece transitioned into work in the nonprofit sector, originally as the administrative assistant for Snow City Arts, an organization inspiring and educating children and youth in hospitals through the arts.