About the Series

What does a truly just society look like? How does it feel? How do we get there?

While these questions evoke the deep inequities and complexities of our present and past, their answers are crucial to shaping our future.

Illinois Humanities presents Visions of Justice, an eight-part video series created in partnership with VAM STUDIO that brings together the perspectives of more than 30 Illinoisans spread over seven towns and cities to examine the far-reaching impacts of mass incarceration in our local communities. Join us this fall for eight virtual screenings and panel discussions to hear from an exciting array of Illinois artists, organizers, scholars, and other local residents working to interrogate the foundation of the criminal legal system and advance justice where they live.

In each edition of the Visions of Justice series, Envisioning Justice Fellow Meredith Nnoka hosts conversations with individuals in the communities of Bloomington-Normal, Carbondale, Chicago, Decatur, East St. Louis, Galesburg, and Urbana-Champaign to explore the conversation through a hyperlocal lens. Videos will be available online following each premiere.

See the calendar below to find out more about upcoming virtual screenings, community dialogues, and panel discussions, and to watch new installments after they premiere.


Visions of Justice is produced by Illinois Humanities in partnership with VAM STUDIO and moderated by Illinois Humanities’ Envisioning Justice Fellow, Meredith Nnoka.

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The Series

Watch videos from the Visions of Justice series after they premiere, and register to attend upcoming screenings and discussions.

A Decatur, Illinois monument building against a clear skyDecatur

September 24, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. CT | Online Event

Join cohosts Illinois Humanities and Shakespeare Corrected for a screening of the Decatur edition of the Visions of Justice video series followed by a panel discussion with local contributors. A Q&A with the panelists will be held after the discussion.

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Bloomington-NormalA picture of a busy street in Bloomington-Normal

October 5, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. CT | Online Event

Cohosts Illinois Humanities and Black Lives Matter Blo-No, in partnership with the YWCA of McLean County and the Bloomington-Normal NAACP, present a virtual screening of Visions of Justice: Bloomington-Normal, followed by a panel discussion with local contributors and a Q&A.

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Chicago

October 7, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. CT | Online Event

The Chicago edition of the Visions of Justice series features a virtual screening and discussion with local contributors about the carceral system’s impact on Chicago communities.

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A clock tower in Carbondale, Illinois against a bright blue skyCarbondale

October 12, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. CT | Online Event

Illinois Humanities and Gift of Love Charity will cohost the Oct. 12 premiere of the Carbondale edition of the Visions of Justice series, followed by a discussion with local contributors and a Q&A.

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A closeup of the Illinois State Capital buildingGalesburg

October 19, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. CT | Online Event

Join us for the premiere of Visions of Justice: Galesburg to hear from Galesburg organizers and community members about their experiences of the carceral system’s impact on their town.

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A food business in East St. LouisEast St. Louis

October 22, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. CT | Online Event

Illinois Humanities hosts the premiere of the East St. Louis edition of the Visions of Justice video series, featuring a virtual screening and panel discussion with local contributors.

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A historic building in Urbana-Champaign against a cloudy blue skyUrbana-Champaign

October 27, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. CT | Online Event

Illinois Humanities cohosts the premiere of Visions of Justice: Urbana-Champaign with partners WIN Recovery and FirstFollowers, followed by a panel discussion with local contributors and a Q&A.

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A closeup of the Illinois State Capital buildingVisions of Justice: Illinois

November 18, 2021 | Time TBA | Online Event

The Visions of Justice series culminates Nov. 18 with Visions of Justice: Illinois as we take in the totality of conversations taking place throughout the state about justice and mass incarceration, and consider what we can learn from the perspectives shared throughout the series.

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Visions of Justice: Illinois

Save the Date for the Series Finale

The Visions of Justice series will culminate with the release of Visions of Justice: Illinois, a screening and panel discussion foregrounding conversations about carceral justice taking place throughout the state. Save the date for the final virtual screening and panel discussion on November 18, 2021.

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Follow the Conversation

The Visions of Justice series brings together Illinoisans from all walks of life to share how the carceral system impacts our communities. Join the conversation on social media by following @ILHumanities on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and use the hashtag #EnvisioningJustice to share your experience.