Audrey Petty is co-founder and Director of Sojourner Scholars, as well as a published fiction writer, poet, essayist, and the editor of High Rise Stories: Voices From Chicago Public Housing (Verso, 2013). She has taught creative writing and literature at Knox College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, and the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project.  

Catherine S. Weidner is the co-founder of Sojourner Scholars and Senior Lecturer in History at Lake Forest College. A longtime local historian, she has written, taught, and lectured widely on issues of race, class, community and labor in Chicago. She recently served as President of the Board of Alternatives, Inc., a Chicago-based agency that supports and empowers young people.

Rebecca Zorach is the co-founder of Sojourner Scholars and Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History at Northwestern University. She teaches and writes on early modern European art, contemporary activist art, and art of the 1960s and 1970s. Her books include Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold: Abundance and Excess in the French Renaissance (University of Chicago Press, 2005); The Passionate Triangle (University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Audrey Petty

Rebecca Zorach

Catherine S. Weidner

Chris Guzaitis

Chris Guzaitis is Senior Advisor to the Sojourner Scholars Humanities Institute and Director of The Odyssey Project at Illinois Humanities. Before coming to Illinois Humanities, Chris served as assistant professor in and department chair of the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Scripps College.