RJC Event Night: Ben Austen and Johnnie Veal


Ben Austen will use the contents of two of his books: “High-Risers” (available now at The Book Stall) and “Correction” (release date November 7, 2023) in the discussion. Together Ben Austen and Johnnie Veal will discuss Cabrini-Green, mass incarceration, the American prison system, and the possibility of change. This event will be livestreamed to those who are unable to attend.

Tuesday, May 23, 7 p.m.
Culbertson Room
Please RSVP below

Ben Austen is a journalist and the author of Correction: Parole, Prison, and the Possibility of Change (To be released November 7, 2023). His book High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing was long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Excellence in Nonfiction and named one of the best books of 2018 by Booklist, Mother Jones and the public libraries of Chicago and St. Louis. A former editor at Harper’s Magazine, Ben is the co-host of Some of My Best Friends Are… a podcast from Pushkin. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Chicago and his feature writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Wired and many other publications.

Johnnie Khalif Veal grew up in Cabrini Green. He served fifty-one years in prison before his release on parole in 2021. He is a motivational speaker and community activist.

For more information please contact one of these Racial Justice Committee members: Laura Connell, Caroline Degenaars, or Diane Rand.


Ben Austen and Johnnie Veal Reservation

May 12, 2023

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