Liz Sevcenko


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.

Margie Weinstein

Associate Director

Margie Weinstein is the Associate Director of the Humanities Action Lab, overseeing research and operations for the coalition.  Prior to HAL, she was the Strategy and Innovation Fellow in the NYC Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation.  In that capacity she coordinated and oversaw the launch of the city’s first top-level domain, .nyc, as well as created city-wide online platforms for civic engagement across all five boroughs.  She joined city government from the Education Department of the Whitney Museum where she worked for over a decade, most recently as the Manager of Education Initiatives, overseeing all adult public programs for the institution.  She has a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.

Nabeehah Sivanesan

Administrative Manager

Nabeehah Sivanesan is a current undergraduate student at Rutgers University-Newark majoring in Biology. She is a part of the Honors Living-Learning Community and BOLD Women's Leadership Network. Some of her current and past efforts have been centered around mentoring youth in Newark and engaging in dialogue around the topic of education within Newark.

Kristyn Scorsone

Graduate Assistant

Kristyn Scorsone is a doctoral candidate in the American Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark. As a graduate assistant, Kristyn maintains HAL’s Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice website and manages HAL’s social media. Outside of her work with HAL, she is active with the Queer Newark Oral History Project (QNOHP) as their volunteer manager. Through QNOHP, she has conducted over two dozen oral history interviews, produced and hosted the QNOHP podcast, helped design and lead QNOHP walking tours, and was a part of the curatorial team for the traveling exhibit, At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project. Her writing has appeared in The Public Historian, Notches, Out History, Out in New Jersey, and Los Angeles Music Blog. She is currently serving on the National Council on Public History (NCPH) Board-Led Subcommittee on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment. Pronouns are she/her/they/them. 

Piper Anderson

Director of the Rikers Public Memory Project

Piper Anderson is an award-winning writer, educator, cultural strategist, and Founder of Create Forward, a social impact firm delivering creative strategies for social change. In spring 2016, Anderson was awarded a TED Residency to develop an innovative art-and-design project called Mass Story Lab. Mass Story Lab is traveling to cities across the U.S using storytelling, dialogue, and creativity to imagine a world beyond prisons. Piper Anderson is a Professor at NYU’s Gallatin School, teaching courses on arts and education as interventions into the juvenile justice/criminal justice system. She’s also a founding member of the steering committee and faculty of NYU’s Prison Education Program.

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