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BENJI HART / B. 1989 Cambridge, MA
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, 2018
Activist In Residence / Arcus Center / Kalamazoo, 2018
Awardee / Chicago Women & Femmes to Celebrate / Chicago, 2016
Irene Siragusa Phelps Awardee / 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts / Chicago, 2015


PERFORMANCES

What Happens After / BRIC House / Brooklyn, 2018
Dyke Mic / Wrigleyville & Pilsen / Chicago, 2016-2018
The #BreathingRoom Series / #LetUsBreathe Collective / Chicago, 2018
Do Not Resist? Closing Reception / Hairpin Arts Center / Chicago, 2018
Salonathon / Beauty Bar / Chicago, 2016-2018
Elements of Vogue / Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo / Madrid, 2017
Chicago Dyke March / Uptown, Humboldt Park & La Villita / Chicago, 2013-2017
Taskforce Prevention & Community Services / Austin / Chicago, 2017
Vives Q / National Museum of Mexican Art / Chicago, 2016
Church on the 9 / Avalon Park / Chicago, 2016
Chicago Home Theater Festival / Rogers Park / Chicago, 2016
Project Fierce Fundraiser / Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center / 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

Youth Theater Ensamble / About Face Theater, 2018
Chicago Desi Youth Rising / University of Chicago, 2015-2018
Youth Action / Southside Together Organizing for Power, 2018
Student Voice & Activism Fellowship / PUJA Art Gallery, 2018
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 & 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
Jane Addams Senior Caucus / Chicago, 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 / Chicago, 2014-2016
Watching the Watchers / Chicago, 2014

Poetry + Spoken Word

Fire Historical & Cultural Arts Collaborative / Kalamazoo, 2018
For the People Artists Collective / American Friends Service Committee, 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

For the People Artists Collective Annual Retreat / Chicago, 2018
Engage Chicago / Northwestern University, 2018
Azubike Facilitator Training Program / Assata’s Daughters, 2018
Rev Up / Chicago Freedom School, 2014-2015, 2018
Love & Protect Semiannual Retreat / Chicago, 2018
Chicago Teaching Artists Summit / Hyde Park Arts Center, 2015
Just Practice / Chicago, 2015

Voguing + Movement

ARTivism Series / UIC Latino Cultural Center, 2018
What Happens After / BRIC House, 2018
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
Generation L / Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 2013
Industry of the Ordinary / Chicago Cultural Center, 2013
Little Big Foot / Columbia College, 2013


 PUBLISHED WRITING

In These Times, 2018 / Seeking Justice for Laquan McDonald—Without Relying on Prisons
Black Youth Project, 2018 / Calls to #AbolishICE are counterproductive unless they are also a call to #AbolishPolice
In These Times, 2018 / There’s Nothing New About Not Calling the Cops
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 & 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

How to Vogue the Right Way / What Should We Do?, 2018
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
‘Voguing’: Coreografías Disidentes / RTVE, 2017
The Black Joy Project / Chicago, 2017
#ChiSoundsLike – Pride Month Edition / Vocalo Radio, 2017
Uplift Not Just Our Faces, But Our Art and Voices, Too / Monica Trinidad, 2017


PRESENTATIONS + PANELS

Panelist / Transformative Imaginations: Decarceration & Liberatory Futures
w/ Irene Romulo & Sister JoAnn Persch
Imagining America / Chicago, 2018

Featured Guest / Assata: An Autobiography
w/ Hoda Katebi
#BecauseWe’veRead Book Club / Chicago, 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 / Chicago, 2018

Featured Guest / Radical Moves: Dance & Revolution
w/ Rashida Miller, Boogie McClarin & Darling Squire
The Hoodoisie Podcast / Hairpin Arts Center, 2017

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 & Dialogue
w/ LaSaia Wade, Red Schulte & Jocelyn Munguia Chavez
Gender & Sexuality Center / University of Illinois at Chicago, 2017

Featured Guest / Transgender History
w/ Monica Trinidad & Page May
The Lit Review Podcast / Chicago, 2017

Featured Presenter / Creating Justice Symposium
w/ adrienne maree brown
Oakton Community College / Des Planes, 2016

Panelist / Taking Sides Book Release
w/ Cindy Milstein & Michael Staudenmaier
PUJA Art Gallery / Chicago, 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 & Patrisse Cullors
Pedagogy & Theater of the Oppressed Conference / Columbia College, 2015

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