9 a.m. Foundations of Restorative/
Presenter: Dr. Christie Billups, Lewis University
For those unfamiliar with restorative justice practices, Dr. Billups will explore the origins, purpose and goals of restorative justice in area jail and court settings.
10 a.m. How the Long Road to
Restorative Justice Changed
One Minister's Life
Presenter: Sr. Juanita Ujcik
Restorative Justice Committee,
Diocese of Joliet
Sr. Juanita will share 30 years of experiences with offenders, victims, communities and the organizations that collaborate to bring healing.
11 a.m. The Function of Forensic Social
Work in Restorative Justice
Presenter: Dr. Billie Terrell,
University of St. Francis
Forensic Social Work examines the intersection between social work and law or litigation. Dr. Terrell will explore the social worker's role in promoting restorative justice while fulfilling various functions involving diagnosis, treatment, advocacy and more.
Noon Discussion of The New Jim
Crow (By Michelle Alexander)
Panel: Drs. Tennille Allen & Nancy Workman, Lewis University
Alexander's book examines the strategic marginalization and oppression of People of Color, African American persons in particular, via the court and prison systems. Drs. Allen and Workman will share insights and critiques, and offer possible steps forward in dismantling this unjust and racist agenda.
9:30 a.m. Voices for Creative
Nonviolence: To Counter Terror,
Presenter: Kathy Kelly, Activist and Peacemaker
Ms. Kelly has traveled around the world to war torn
nations and communities attempting to be a voice of
compassion and justice. She will share her story and her vision.
11 a.m. Agape Missions: One-Stop
Shop for Re-Entry
Presenter: Jill Skolem
Executive Director, Agape Missions Under Ms. Skole's leadership, Agape Missions accompanies people who are being released from prison. She will share with us the many-faceted offerings of Agape Missions and the various challenges of ex-offenders and communities when the sentence has been served.
12:30 p.m. Envisioning a World
Presenter: Lewis Wallace, Chicago PrisonIndustrial Complex Teaching Collective
This interactive workshop will use popular education and hands-on creative activities to challenge articipants to actively envision the transformation that we work toward as activists against prisons, militarism, and violence.
2 p.m. Dismantling Walls, Building
Justice in Schools
Panel: Sr. Donna Liette, Jonathan Little, Ilana Zafran
Panelists will share objectives and experiences of using Restorative Justice in schools to mitigate conflict and violence.
3:30 p.m. A Restorative Approach to
Conflict and Violence
Moderator: Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S.
Crime affects more than victim and criminal; it impacts families and communities as well. All voices and perspectives are considered and healing is sought through Healing Circles and Restorative Justice practices in Chicago neighborhoods and Cook County juvenile court.
9 a.m. Current Trends in Restorative
Justice: Critical and Frontier
Presenter: Dr. Carl Stauffer, Graduate Center for Justice and Peacebuilding Eastern Mennonite University
Restorative Justice as an academic & professional
discipline is only now 'coming of age' and is facing
three critical issues: Defining identity, monitoring best practice, and sustaining adaptability. These and
future applications will be explored in depth.
10 a.m. Remembering without Revenge
Presenter: Dr. Carl Stauffer
In the wake of severe violence, the process of healing historical harms becomes paramount for durable peace to be secured. Dr. Stauffer will explore six important elements of remembering “rightly” and transforming conflict, particularly in post-war contexts.
11 a.m. Emotional Availability of Women
Inmates and Their Children
Presenter: Rev. Karen Hutt, Minister in Area Jails and Prisons
The larger community often neglects to recognize the network of people impacted by incarceration, especially children. Rev. Hutt considers ways that relationships between prisoners and their children can be sources of healing and restoration.
Noon* Doing Time, Doing Vipassana
Moderator: Dr. Christie Billups, Lewis University
A need for restoration and healing is not unique to American courts and prisons. This documentary tells the story of an innovative Indian warden and the introduction of Buddhist meditation into a maximum security prison. D'Arcy Great Room
1 p.m.* A Story from Corrections:
Restoring the System
Presenter: Al White, Adjunct Professor, Lewis University
After 30 years in corrections, Mr. White shares an
inside view of important steps toward restoring the
broken prison and court systems. D'Arcy Great Room
2 p.m. Strong Women (Performance)
Still Point Theatre Collective
A powerful play based on writing by women in
Cook County Jail in Chicago. The performance will
be followed by discussion with the actors about the themes expressed. (2:00-3:15 p.m.)
* Sessions held on Friday, October 26 at noon and 1 p.m. will be held in the D'Arcy Great Room
Note: If these themes interest you, you may also want to take the workshop entitled “Forgiveness” being offered October 19-20, 2012. Instructors: Dr. Dominic Colonna and Mike Danielson. See the course schedule under Theology (19-397-1).
All sessions will follow the normal class schedule for the day. For more information on the Peace Teach-In, contact Dr. Christie Billups, (815) 836-5829; email@example.com.