Campus conversation on the Laquan McDonald shooting & Jason Van Dyke murder trial

Please join the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration on

Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Doors open and the reception will begin at 6:00 pm. The panel will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. 
The doors will close when the event is full.


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637

The event will also be Livestreamed to the School of Social Service Administration Lobby
969 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637


For a panel discussion with:

Timuel Black, Historian, Civil Rights Activist
Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Reuben Miller, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Janaé Bonsu, AM '15, Black Youth Project 100

Panel Speakers

The panel will be moderated by Jenn White, WBEZ, Host of “16 Shots” podcast, and followed by Q&A.

This event is now at capacity. We are no longer taking registrations.

This event is free and open to the public and will be Livestreamed. Click here to watch.
Food and refreshments will be served.

Biographies of the Speakers:

Timuel Black, Historian, Civil Rights Activist: Black started with social activism as a teenager growing up during the Depression on Chicago's South Side. Soon after earning his master's degree from UChicago in 1954, Black brought a young Martin Luther King Jr. to campus in 1956 for the leader's first major address in Chicago. Later, Black organized the Freedom Trains that took thousands of Chicagoans to the March on Washington. He also helped get Harold Washington Jr. elected as the first African American mayor of Chicago. Most recently, he has been a leader in the initiative to bring the Barack Obama Presidential Library to the South Side. 

Now 99, Black remains a spellbinding lecturer for anyone curious enough to listen. He has assembled a two-part oral history, titled Bridges of Memory, in which he interviews hundreds of African Americans, who like his family, settled on the South Side. In addition to a third volume of oral histories, Black is also completing his autobiography, which he calls Sacred Ground, a title that refers not to religion but the spirituality Black gained growing up in Chicago. Read the University of Chicago article about Black.

Craig Futterman, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School: Futterman is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and a Resident Dean in the College. He founded and has served as the Director of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic since 2000. Before his appointment to the Law Faculty, Professor Futterman was a Lecturer in Law and Director of Public Interest Programs at Stanford Law School. He previously joined Futterman & Howard, Chtd., a boutique law firm concentrating in complex federal litigation. There, Prof. Futterman specialized in civil rights and constitutional matters, with a special focus on racial discrimination, education, and police brutality. Before that, he served as a trial attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office.Futterman received his JD from Stanford Law School in 1991 and graduated with the highest distinction from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Economics. Visit his webpage.

Reuben Miller, Assistant Professor, SSA: Miller is an Assistant Professor in the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. His research examines life at the intersections of race, poverty, crime control, and social welfare policy. He is completing a book, titled Halfway Home: Race, Punishment and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration, based on 15 years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, their families, partners, and friends.A native son of Chicago’s Southside, Miller received his PhD from Loyola University Chicago, an AM from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Chicago State University. For a complete bio, visit his SSA webpage.

Janaé Bonsu, AM '15, Black Youth Project 100: Janaé E. Bonsu is a Brooklyn-born, Carolina-raised activist-scholar and organizer based in Chicago. After obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina, Janaé relocated to New York City to spend her formative years in social policy research at MDRC. She spent most of her time working on a Rikers Island-based project for 16-18 funded by a social impact bond. After deciding to further her education in the field of social work, Janaé headed to the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) for graduate school. In Chicago, Janaé found a political home in the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100). BYP 100 is a member-based organization of 18 to 35 year old Black activists whose mission is to achieve economic, social, political, and educational freedom and justice for all Black people through nonviolent direct action organizing, education, and advocacy. BYP 100 provided Janaé with an introduction to activism, organizing, and civic engagement around racial, social, and economic justice issues. During her time with BYP 100, she served as the Chicago chapter's Organizing Co-Chair and Chapter Co-Chair, as well as National Public Policy Chair for the organization. Janaé has also played key roles in BYP100's public policy agendas – the Agenda to Keep Us Safe and the Agenda to Build Black Futures, as well as the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom & Justice. For a complete bio, visit her website.