Apr 15th 2023


@ Haymarket House

800 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Opening Saturday, April 15th, from 7PM - 9:30PM

Please join us for an off-site event at Haymarket House for an in-person meet and greet with the editors and contributors of Lessons in Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators!

Registration is required for this event. You can also add a copy of Lessons in Liberation to your ticket. By registering for this event, you are verifying that you are vaccinated and will wear a mask during the facilitated meet and greet portion of this event. 


There will be a DJ, appetizers, and drinks for the mixer portion of this event. Books will be available for purchase.

The lineup includes:

Aja D. Reynolds is an activist-scholar, artist, and healer. She is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Wayne State University. Her scholarly work focuses on Black girlhood and the school-to-prison nexus. Additionally, she organizes nationally with organizations like Education for Liberation.

Dr. Bettina L. Love is a professor at the University of Georgia. Her writing, research, teaching, and educational advocacy work meet at the intersection of anti-racism, anti-Blackness, carceral studies, education, abolition, and Black joy.

Chrissy A.Z. Hernandez (formerly Anderson-Zavala)—managing editor—is a writer, organizer, and educator from Salinas, California. A former teaching artist, Chrissy is now an assistant professor of service learning and social action at California State University, Monterey Bay. Her work centers women of color feminisms, abolition, and challenging practices of disposability in education.

David Stovall, Ph.D. is Professor of Black Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests include Critical Race Theory, the relationship between housing and education, and abolishing the school/prison nexus.

Erica R. Meiners is a writer, educator, and organizer who lives in Chicago. A member of the Education for Liberation Network, Critical Resistance, Prison Neighborhood Arts/Education Project, the Illinois Death in Custody Project, and other networks, her latest book project is The Feminist and the Sex Offender: Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence (Verso, 2020).

Farima Pour-Khorshid taught at the elementary level for over a decade and is now a professor at the University of San Francisco. She also holds leadership roles locally within the Teachers 4 Social Justice grassroots organization, and nationally within the Education for Liberation Network and the Abolitionist Teaching Network.

Harper B. Keenan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education. His work broadly investigates the management of children and childhood, and considers how educators and children might work together to imagine more just futures.

Subini Ancy Annamma was a special education teacher in public schools and youth prisons. Currently, her research examines the interdependence of racism and ableism. She positions multiply-marginalized students as knowledge generators, exploring how their trajectories inform education. Dr. Annamma’s book, The Pedagogy of Pathologization focuses on the education trajectories of incarcerated disabled girls of color.

Leigh Patel is a Professor of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a national board member of Education for Liberation, a grassroots organization that prioritizes using education as a tool for liberation.

Stephanie Cariaga has served the Los Angeles community for over thirteen years as a literacy teacher, founding member of the People’s Education Movement, and now a teacher educator at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Using radical feminist epistemology, her teaching/research connects trauma and healing-informed pedagogies, critical literacy, and critical teacher sustainability.

and more!

Accessibility: Haymarket House is a fully accessible space. Masks are required for the speaking portion of the event, but may be taken off during the mixer. For accessibility questions, email s.sabati@csus.edu or events@womenandchildrenfirst.com.

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