It was with great sadness that we learned that Hannah Frank, a former active and essential member of GSU, died suddenly on Sunday, August 27. Hannah earned her PhD from UChicago in 2016, and she had become a professor at UNC Wilmington. While at the University of Chicago, she was a departmental organizer in Cinema and Media Studies (CMS), also working on issues including health care and child care. One member described her as having a quiet moral certainty that inspired new people to join GSU, and inspired existing members to stay active.
This essay, by Hannah’s CMS colleague Ian Bryce Jones, offers a beautiful portrait of her as a scholar, a labor activist, and a generous and giving person.
Our condolences to all those impacted by this loss, particularly those who knew Hannah personally and whom she influenced. May her memory and work continue to resonate through our communities.