Vanka Lectures



Picturing Injustice

Dr. Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh

Why are problems like racism, poverty, and homelessness so difficult to overcome? Partly because they are so difficult to understand. These structural injustices arise from complex social and institutional arrangements, making them hard to analyze and address.

In this lecture, Dr. Goodhart analyzes three of Vanka’s murals—The Capitalist, Croatian Mother Raises Her Son for War, and Immigrant Mother Gives Her Sons for American Industry—to illustrate the artist’s gift for representing structural injustices pictorially. Goodhart argues that developing the ability to picture and discuss injustice in straightforward and compelling ways crucially aids our struggles for a better world and helps us to counter the demagoguery and scapegoating that offer simplistic analysis and easy answers in Vanka’s time and in our own.

September 5, 2018

Church Opens: 6:30pm
Lecture: 7:00pm
Light refreshments follow in the Church Hall.
St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church

24 Maryland Ave, Millvale, PA  15209

Admission is free.

Click here to register for the Vanka Lecture.

Donations to support The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka‘s mission to save, preserve and share the unique murals of Maxo Vanka through preservation, education and celebration will be greatly appreciated.

Please note: Onsite parking is extremely limited. Ride-sharing is highly recommended.



Michael Goodhart is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, where he holds secondary appointments in Philosophy and in Gender Studies and is an Honors College Faculty Fellow.  Dr. Goodhart is author of Injustice: Political Theory for the Real World (Oxford, 2018), Democracy as Human Rights: Freedom and Equality in the Age of Globalization (Routledge, 2005), and author of over two dozen articles and chapters on topics including justice and injustice, democracy, human rights, political responsibility, and international accountability.  He was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow in Berlin and Guest Professor in the Hertie School of Governance from 2008-10.

Cover photo credit: Rob Long/Clear Story