Lisa Yun Lee

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Lisa Yun Lee is an author, activist, and director of Jane Adams Hull House Museum. She serves on the boards of numerous organizations and institutions, including the Chicago Humanities festival, Bryn Mawr College, and Young Chicago Authors. She is founder and former director of The Public Square and author of a book on Theodor Adorno. She supports numerous political and art organizations locally and nation-wide[1].

She has become a ubiquitous presence in progressive arts circles in Chicago since she moved here over eight years ago.

Center for Public Intellectuals

Lee worked at the Center for Public Intellectuals in 2001 before it became The Public Square.[2]

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Lisa Yun Lee of Jane Addams Hull-House Museum signed the statement[3].

Ella's Daughters

In 2009 Lisa Yun Lee was a member of Chicago based organization Ella's Daughters-A network of artists, scholars and writers working in the tradition of militant Civil rights activist Ella Baker[4].

We are a loose network of women who respect and admire Baker’s legacy, and are either interested in or already engaged in work that represents a continuation of her democratic, egalitarian humanistic tradition. We do not want to reinvent the wheel or duplicate or compete in any way with existing efforts. An argument can be made that the potential for a renewed progressive movement already exists and is embedded in the local trench work of organizers like Ella Baker.

Prominent members include Bernardine Dohrn, Tracye Matthews, Camille Odeh and Barbara Ransby.