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Rescheduled incarceration seminar returns to Thomson

THOMSON – Illinois Humanities will present “Social and Economic Impacts of Incarceration” May 9 at York Township Public Library, 1005 W. Main St.

The free seminar is part of the humanities group’s year-long statewide initiative, “The Country and the City: Common Ground in the Prairie State?”, with text-based panel discussions and audience participation. The program was scheduled for Jan. 31, but postponed due to weather.

Doors open and free food from Dusty’s Pizza Plus will be available at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6 p.m. and concluding by 8.

Panelists are:

• Eddie Caumiant, regional director of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31, based in the St. Louis Metro-East area.

• Carolyn Gurski, chief of the women’s division of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

• Tonya Veenstra, formerly incarcerated and a graduate of the Will County Adult Redeploy Illinois program.

• George Wilson, formerly incarcerated, now a mentor with Strengthening Youth Through a Network of Care, BBF Family Services, Chicago.

Panelists will discuss how recent trends in incarceration have affected economies and cultures of rural and urban Illinois communities. Kelly Covey with the Covey Group, a facilitator of text-based dialogue, will moderate the discussion.

Go to ilhumanities.org/events/social-and-economic-impacts-of-incarceration for more information.

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