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BENJI HART | B. 1989
Dancer, Poet, Essayist & Educator


EDUCATION

M.A. 2014, Elementary Education | University of Illinois | Chicago, IL
B.A. 2011, African American Studies | Wesleyan University | Middletown, CT


 CERTIFICATIONS

Illinois Professional Educator License in Elementary Education (K-8)
ESL/Bilingual Endorsement (Spanish)


 AWARDS & HONORS

3Arts Fellow | Rauschenberg Residency | Captiva Island, 2018
Activist In Residence | Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership |  Kalamazoo, 2018
Chicago Women and Femmes to Celebrate | Chicago, 2016
Irene Siragusa Phelps Awardee | 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts | Chicago, 2015


PERFORMANCES

The #BreathingRoom Series | #LetUsBreathe Collective | Back of the Yards, 2018
Do Not Resist? Closing Reception | Hairpin Arts Center | Logan Square, 2018
Salonathon | Beauty Bar | Ukrainian Village, 2016-2018
Elements of Vogue | Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo | Madrid, 2017
Chicago Dyke March | Uptown, Humboldt Park & La Villita | Chicago, 2013-2017
Dyke Mic | Slaymaker | Wrigleyville, 2016-2017
Taskforce Prevention and Community Services | Austin | Chicago, 2017
Vives Q | National Museum of Mexican Art | Pilsen, 2016
Church on the 9 | 79th & Stony Island | Chicago, 2016
Chicago Home Theater Festival | Rogers Park | Chicago, 2016
Project Fierce Fundraiser | Chicago, 2015
Jane Adams Hull House | University of Illinois | Chicago, 2015
Color of Violence 4 | McCormick Place | Chicago, 2015
E-VOUGE-lution | Harold Washington Library | Chicago, 2015
Industry of the Ordinary | Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, 2013


WORKSHOPS

Political Education Workshops

PASO West Suburban Action Project | Melrose Park, 2018
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council Youth Summit | University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership | Kalamazoo, 2018
Prisoners and Detainees: Race, Citizenship & Imprisonment | Kalamazoo College, 2018
Ominira Teen Program | Assata’s Daughters, 2017-2018
Ky Peterson Teach-In | UIC Women’s Leadership & Resource Center, 2017
Chicago Desi Youth Rising | University of Chicago, 2015-2017
Jane Addams Senior Caucus | Old Town, 2017
Heritage Gardens | University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017
Introduction to LGBTQI Studies | DePaul University, 2017
Queer Compass | UIC Gender & Sexuality Center, 2017
For the People Artists Collective | Chicago, 2017
Broadway Youth Center | Lakeview, 2014-2015
Watching the Watchers | Chicago, 2014

Poetry & Spoken Word Workshops

Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative | Kalamazoo, 2018
For the People Artists Collective | Chicago, 2017
Heritage Gardens | University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017
Queer Compass | UIC Gender & Sexuality Center, 2016-2017
Peer Advocates | Broadway Youth Center, 2014-2016

Professional Development & Facilitation

Rev Up | Chicago Freedom School, 2014-2015, 2018
Love & Protect Annual Retreat | Andersonville, 2018
Chicago Teaching Artists Summit | Hyde Park Arts Center, 2015
Just Practice | Chicago, 2015

Voguing & Movement Workshops

Intercultural Center | Kalamazoo College, 2018
Cinematic Kickback w/ sex KiKi | Chicago, 2017
Black & Pink National Convening | Chicago, 2017
Vogue to Get Free | Broadway Youth Center, 2014-2017
Art AIDS America | Chicago Cultural Center, 2017
Assata’s Daughters | Arts Incubator, 2015
Puerto Rican Cultural Center | Chicago, 2013
Industry of the Ordinary | Chicago Cultural Center, 2013
Little Big Foot | Columbia College, 2013


 PUBLISHED WRITING

JooJoo Azad, 2018 | You Cannot Challenge Gun Control Without Challenging the Military
Praxis Center, 2018 | Understanding Neoliberalism is Key to Building a Global Struggle for Economic Justice
In These Times, 2018 | Centrist Dems May Not Call Black and Brown Communities Shitholes–But They Treat Them That Way
Trans Day of Resilience, 2017 | The Limits of Language
RaceBaitr, 2017 | White Nationalists Understand US History Better Than Liberals Do
Black Youth Project, 2017 | How the State Uses Police Morale to Divert from the Violence Inherent to Policing
Black Youth Project, 2017 | The Anti-Blackness of Believing There’s No Support for Queerness in the Hood
AK Press, 2017 | Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief
Huffington Post Black Voices, 2017 | Giving Black Children ‘The Talk’ Won’t Save Them From Police Brutality
Truthout, 2017 | Holding Our Rage Is Your Political Labor
Truthout, 2016 | Our Dreams for Bresha Meadows Begin With Freedom
Truthout, 2016 | Notes From the Margins: How We Will Survive These Times
Truthout, 2016 | White Nationalism Lives and White People Need to Fight It
Medium, 2016 | An Open Letter from a Black Man to His White Family in a Moment of Violence
Truthout, 2016 | No Abolition Without Demilitarization: Black and Muslim Solidairty for Ending Police Worldwide
Truthout, 2016 | Far From Over: Four Lessons Non-Natives Can Learn from #NoDAPL
Truthout, 2016 | The Political Significance of Being Inconvenienced
Huffington Post Black Voices, 2016 | Our Obsession With Black Celebrity Is Undermining Our Movement
Truthout, 2015 | Four Unexpected Things We Learned in Lockup: Reflections on the IACP Shutdown
AK Press, 2015 | Taking Sides: Radical Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism
Salon Magazine, 2015 | Fox News Will Not Quiet Me
Salon Magazine, 2015 | Baltimore’s Violent Protesters Are Right: Smashing Police Cars Is Legitimate Strategy
Socialist Worker, 2013 | Fast Track to Higher Classroom Sizes
Cooperative Catalyst, 2012 | Learning the Vernacular: Slang in the Classroom
Cooperative Catalyst, 2012 | Choosing Our Battles: Standing By the Communities We Seek to Challenge
Cooperative Catalyst, 2012 | Traditions of Struggle: Teaching as a Spiritual Practice
Cooperative Catalyst, 2012 | We Are the Present: Why Youth Voices Are Necessary
Cooperative Catalyst, 2011 | Being A Student Ally: Teachers As Necessary Voices of Protest
Cooperative Catalyst, 2011 | Who is the We?: An Education for Us
Cooperative Catalyst, 2011 | Are Teachers Activists?


INTERVIEWS & FEATURES

Artists From Around The World Discover In Captiva | WGCU, 2018
Resources Prevent Violence. Policing Doesn’t. | Truthout, 2018
Do Not Resist?: An FTP Mixtape | For the People Artists Collective, 2018
Radical Moves: Dance and Revolution | The Hoodoisie, 2017
‘Voguing’: Coreografías Disidentes | RTVE, 2017
The Black Joy Project | Chicago, 2017
#ChiSoundsLike – Pride Month Edition | Vocalo Radio, 2017
Episode #4: Transgender History by Susan Striker | The Lit Review, 2017
Uplift Not Just Our Faces, But Our Art and Voices, Too | Monica Trinidad, 2017


PANELS & PRESENTATIONS

Featured Presenter | #BecauseWe’veRead – Assata: An Autobiography
w/ Hoda Katebi
Instagram Live | Edgewater, 2018

Featured Artist | Art on the Edge: Explorations in Contemporary Art
w/ Tao Hui, Robin Messing, Caledonia Curry, Rosanna Bruno & Mary Mattingly
Florida SouthWestern State College | Captiva, 2018

Panelist | Black Girl Mania: The Release Party
w/ Fulani Thrasher & Mimi Rosales
Reunion | Humboldt Park, 2018

Featured Presenter | On The Table
w/ the Black Trans & Gender-Nonconforming Collective
African American Cultural Center | University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017

Panel Moderator | Know Your Rights: Beyond the Legal Framework
w/ Husam Marajda, Ronnie Boyd, Michelle García & Ruth López-McArthy
Department of Disability | University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017

Panel Moderator | Sanctuary: Dinner and Dialogue
w/ LaSaia Wade, Red Schulte & Jocelyn Munguia Chavez
Gender & Sexuality Center | University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017

Featured Presenter | Creating Justice Symposium
w/ Adrienne Marie Brown
Oakton Community College | Des Planes, 2016

Panelist | Taking Sides Book Release
w/ Cindy Milstein & Michael Staudenmaier
PUJA Art Gallery | University Village, 2016

Panelist | From Stonewall to Stop & Frisk
w/ Joey Mogul, Mariame Kaba, Kelly Hayes & Rachel Williams
Creating Change | Chicago, 2016

Panelist | #BlackLivesMatter & Beyond
w/ Kristiana Rae Colón & Patrise Cullors
Pedagogy & Theater of the Oppressed Conference | Chicago, 2015

Panelist | Moving Dialogues: Diversity – Then/Now
w/ NIC Kay, Onye Ozuzu, Robert Battle & Wilfredo Rivera
Old Town School of Folk Music | Lincoln Square, 2013