Public Humanities Initiative

Beyond the Bars 2016: Connecting the Struggles

Friday, March 4, 2016 - Sunday, March 6, 2016  9:00am Various Locations


Free and open to the public

First come, first seated


Columbia University School of Social Work

Heyman Center for the Humanities

Justice-In-Education Initiative

Institute for Research in African American Studies

Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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Policy Caucus

Queer Caucus at Columbia School of Social Work

Registration Required:

The 6th annual Beyond the Bars Conference, "Connecting the Struggles," aims to connect the many ways in which mass incarceration has impacted individuals, families and communities across the U.S, and beyond, as well as build connections across diverse struggles for social justice.

Albert Einstein stated that imagination is more powerful than knowledge.  Our comrade and sister Angela Davis, challenged us to imagine a world without prison. Join us as we honor the spirit of the struggle – join in solidarity with impacted people, and with academics, activists, practitioners and community members as we continue to connect the struggles to eradicate mass incarceration and to build justice and equity.

Full conference details here:

Location Information
March 4th - Friday Night Kick Off Event
Lerner Hall, Columbia University 

March 5th & 6th - Saturday Panels and Sunday Workshops
Columbia University School of Social Work, Amsterdam Ave between 122nd and 121st


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