Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens | 2016

The Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens, created by artist Jenny Polak, is imagined as a deployable speakers’ corner that is both functional and symbolic.  The two halves of the Speakers’ Podium rely on each other. Suburban house collides with prison fence to invoke the needed voices and ever-presence of the incarcerated among the free in a country that locks up to 2 million people.

Weekly programming will feature activists, poets, student groups, prison abolition groups, performing artists, and individuals who through their practices engage with conversations around mass incarceration, immigrant detention, and citizenship.

Friday, October 14 • 6–7pm

Saturday, October 22 • 1–2pm

Friday, October 28 • 6–7pm

Friday, November 4 • 6–7pm

The Muffler Shop
359 E. Garfield Blvd., Chicago

free and open to the public


This venue is physically accessible. Please contact Arts + Public Life at 773.702.9724 with any questions or accommodation requests.
Project conceived by artist Jenny Polak, and organized by Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.