Liz ŠevčenkoDirector, Humanities Action Lab

Image: Liz Ševčenko, Director. c/o Justin Weiner


Liz Ševčenko is founding director of the Humanities Action Lab.  She started HAL at The New School in New York City and now leads it from Rutgers University-Newark.  HAL grew out of the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, an international collaboration of universities and organizations that Ševčenko 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 Guantánamo 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. In 2017 she was awarded a Rome Prize in historic preservation from the American Academy in Rome to complete her forthcoming book, Public Memory for the Post-Truth Era. She received her M.A. in history from New York University.