On Equity and Action, Programs & Events

“Reconsidering who we serve, how we serve”: Museum directors talk responsibility and action [Video]

What is the role of art museums in this moment nationally and globally as we navigate a pandemic, manage economic upheaval, and grapple with racial injustice? How can museums best activate their public platforms, collections, and programs and strengthen community connections to become new spaces for dialogue, reflection, action, and impact that extend beyond their […]

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Collection News, On Equity and Action

Now Available: Teaching “Just Mercy” Through the Block’s Collection [PDF]

Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is the One Book One Northwestern reading selection for the 2020-2021 school year. Just Mercy follows Stevenson through the beginning of his career as a lawyer devoted to seeking justice for those who have already been treated unfairly by the judicial system.  In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson calls on each […]

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On Equity and Action

Letter from the Director: Our Responsibility

Recent events have again laid bare the aggression, injustices, and inequities faced every day by African Americans. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery,—these are just three more names added to a tragically long list of unarmed black individuals whose lives have been taken by the hands of police officers empowered to protect them and through […]

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On Equity and Action

Seen From Inside: Perspectives on Capital Punishment

Susy Bielak began her talk for the powerful program, “Seen From Inside: Perspectives on Capital Punishment,” with the firm belief that art feeds freedom. “Art is an entrée to social justice,” she said. At this event, Northwestern University’s Block Museum, Center for Criminal Defense, and Center on Wrongful Convictions shared insights on the death penalty […]

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On Equity and Action

When You CAN’T Shake it Off

How does civil resistance operate in the Internet era? How do viral cell phone videos impact our experience of acts of violence from around the country? On May 27, over 70 students and faculty gathered at the Block Museum for “When You CAN’T Shake It Off,” a dive into the role and use of social […]

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