Director of the Humanities Action Lab, New School
Liz Ševčenko is founding director of the Humanities Action Lab, a consortium of 20 universities led by The New School that collaborate with issue organizations and public spaces on community-created public memory projects around contested social issues. HAL’s first project, States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories, is a traveling exhibit, web platform, curricula, and public dialogues on the past, present, and future of incarceration created by over 700 students and others directly affected by incarceration. HAL grew out of the Guantanamo Public Memory Project, an international collaboration of universities and organizations Sevcenko launched from Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, to build a global conversation about the past, present, and future of the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Ševčenko was Founding Director of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a network of historic sites that foster public dialogue on pressing contemporary issues. Prior to starting the Coalition, Ševčenko served as Vice President for Programs at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, developing exhibits and educational activities that connect the stories of the neighborhood’s immigrants past and present. She writes on intersections of social justice, heritage, and memory in journals and edited volumes in a variety of fields. She received her BA in history from Yale University and her MA in history from New York University.