Therese Maura Quinn

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    College: Architecture and the Arts Department: Art History
    Secondary Department: Curriculum and Instruction
    Title: Associate Professor and Director of Museum and Exhibition Studies
    Office: 206 Henry Hall Phone: 3124132463
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    I'm working on a project called The Illinois Deaths in Custody Project ( The Illinois Deaths in Custody Project (IDCP) is an initiative including artists, scholars, and community-based organizations, that documents, archives, mourns and researches the deaths of all people who die in custody in Illinois. IDCP offers free public workshops that prepare participants to gain and share reports and stories about those dying while incarcerated.

    IDCP invites the online submission of death reports, eulogies, and other testimonies and documents, partnering with organizations doing related work. In 2016 IDCP partnered with the American Friends Service Committee and Uptown People’s Law Center to host, “FOIA-The-Man,” a workshop teaching how to file Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

    Our team of faculty and graduate students has met monthly to file FOIAs; research conditions of dying and healthcare in IDOC; document what happens to effects and bodies when people die in custody; network with allied organizations, and solicit eulogies from people inside.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Interest in social justice work; enjoy online research; creative.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Participate in online research. Attend some team meetings. Plan related events, including an exhibit and public workshops.

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