2013 Bellarmine Forum Additional Events

Prison Art and Experience 
Curated by Franky Carrillo, Jr. 

September 16 through December 3

William H. Hannon Library 

Art, artifacts, photographs, and ephemera from 20 years in prison, and life on the outside. On display on level 3 of the William H. Hannon Library, September 16 through December 3. 







Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex 

October 20- November 9

Thomas Kelly Student Art Gallery

Prison Poster

Prison Nation: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex features powerful posters from artists, activists, and organizations around the country and the world that cry out against the devastating impact of mass incarceration required and rapidly growing prison industrial complex (PIC). The posters in Prison Nation cover many of the critical issues surrounding the system of mass incarceration including: the death penalty, the Three Strikes law, racism, access to education and health care, the growing rate of incarceration, slave labor, divestment, privatization, torture, and re-entry into the community. They show the power of art to educate and inspire.






Art & Protest: Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex 

A presentation on the History of Prison Expansion in California and Panel Discussion 

Monday, November 4 


Thomas P. Kelly, Jr. Student Art Gallery 

Panelists will include members of local organizations working on issues surrounding mass incarceration and individuals impacted by California’s “cruel and unusual” policies. There will be a discussion on alternatives to putting people in cages that are more effective, less expensive, and will make families together and keep our communities safer. There will also be a discussion on how you can get involved. Art & Protest is being held in conjunction with CSPG’s Prison Nation exhibition at LMU. Co-sponsored by CURB, Critical Resistance, and the No More Jails L.A. Coalition.

The Human Library

November 7


Jazzman's Patio, William H. Hannon Library


The Human Library is an event designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices, and encourage understanding and compassion, simply through the art of one-on-one conversation. It works just like a regular library, except that the "Books" to be checked out are human beings with unique individual experiences to share (including many facets of restorative justice) with their "Readers." Participation is free and open to all; sign-ups start on-site at 10:30 am the day of the event.


Community Engagement Opportunities

November 6-8

Homeboy Industries on Wed. Nov 6th from 12:45-4:15pm
Francisco Homes on Thur. Nov 7th from 12 noon to 4pm
Homeboy Industries (2) on Friday, Nov. 8th from 12:45-4:15pm
Men's Central Jail on Friday, Nov 8th

Voices of Incarceration

January 25 – March 16, 2014

Laband Art Gallery

(closed March 1-9 for Spring Break)

This spring the Laband Art Gallery continues LMU’s focus on the theme of restorative justice with the exhibition Voices of Incarceration. Art has frequently expressed the toughest and harshest sides of human experience. This exhibition brings together works by artists/prisoners who convey their unique perspectives from inside the prison walls and those of artists who confront the American criminal justice system from outside its walls. Both groups bring to light the emotional costs and injustices of the Prison Industrial Complex. Voices of Incarceration also explores the rehabilitive arts programs in California prisons and the expression of the artists/prisoners’ strength and individuality through creative outlets. For more information, please visit http://cfa.lmu.edu/laband.

Prison Art


Jack L. Morris, Aztec Eagle, 2010, 

Ink on paper.

 Jack L. Morris, Untitled, 2012, 

Ink and pastel with peanut 

butter oil on paper.


Healing in the Wake of Sexual Violence

June 8, 2013

This special event recognized the voices of those who have been impacted by violence and shared solutions for healing the devastating effects of violence. This event showed how the transformative influence of restorative justice can empower survivors and facilitate the healing process for survivors, professionals in the field, and anyone whose life has been affected by violence.  

Recognized speakers in restorative justice as well as survivors of violence shared information, research, and personal stories. 

Speakers Included: 

Msgr. Charles Chaffman, Judicial Vicar of the Los Angeles Archdiocese 

Justice Janine Geske, Marquette Law School 

Mimi Lind, Director of Mental Health and Domestic Violence Intervention Program, The Venice Family Clinic 

Lupe”, Survivor of Human Trafficking 

Dr. Jaime Romo, Author, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters, Parents Preventing Abuse, and Teachers Preventing Abuse 

Thank you all who participated.