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January 15, 2021: Lou Turner on the Hal Baron Project

Professor Lou Turner and host Augustus Wood take a deep dive on the life and work of Harold "Hal" Baron (1930-2017). Baron was a Director of Research for the Chicago Urban League (1962-1968) and, later, public policy architect of the historic mayoral campaign of Harold Washington, followed by a tenure as the Chief Policy Advisor for the Washington administration. As a scholar, reformer, and policy shaper, Baron initiated and influenced key struggles against institutional racism and economic inequality. Wood and Turner consider what Baron's work and activism can teach us about our current moment. Note: this interview was originally recorded in fall 2020.


About the Guest: Lou Turner

Lou Turner


Lou Turner is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and formerly Academic Advisor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois (2008-2017). Since 2018, Turner has been the Principal Investigator for Hal Baron Digital Archival, Research, and Publication Project housed in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

With Professor Helen Neville, Lou Turner recently coedited a first-of-its-kind collection of writings on Fanonian psychotherapeutic practices for Routledge Press entitled Frantz Fanon’s Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Clinical Work: Practicing Internationally with Marginalized Communities (2020).