Robust Imaginaries
Informed Practice

Welcome to the Praxis Center, an online resource center for scholars, activists and artists hosted by the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. From action research and radical scholarship to engaged teaching and grassroots activism to community and cultural organizing, and revelatory art practice, we make visible imperative social justice work being done today.

Praxis is
the synergy between
theory and practice,
knowledge and relevance,
ideas, images, and the real.

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Morgan Mahdavi
Program Coordinator
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Am I Still Human?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

By P. Hartsfield

P. Hartsfield, currently incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center, shares this vivid blow-by-blow first-hand account of his harrowing initiation to Tamms Supermax Prison six years ago. Hartsfield discusses how he continues to suffer from the trauma he experienced at Tamms and questions why supermax prisons are allowed to exist. Continue reading →

Legal Crusader Michael J. Kennedy, 1938 – 2016: A Tribute

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

By Bernardine Dohrn

Bernardine Dohrn delivered this eulogy for Michael Kennedy at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Manhattan on January 28, 2016. Michael Kennedy represented Dohrn when she returned to “legal” life after 11 years as a fugitive, and when she resisted a subpoena to a federal grand jury in May of 1982 in New York City, was declared in civil contempt and sent to jail. Continue reading →

On Freedom Dreams and Between the World and Me: A Review from Stateville

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

By Demetrius Cunningham

It is awakened at birth and it is as natural as breathing and blinking our eyes. It is what Robin D.G. Kelly calls “the third eye” in his book Freedom Dreams: Unleashing Black Radical Imagination. It is what naïve and innocent black boys and girls instinctively use to transform the dirt patches in front of their project apartments to magical play lands. What am I talking about? Our imagination and ability to dream. Continue reading →

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