Public Humanities Initiative

Justice-in-Education Initiative Workshop: Teaching in Prison

Thursday, December 10, 2015  12:15pm The Heyman Center, Common Room


Open to Columbia community and invited guests

Photo ID required for entry

This teaching workshop brings together faculty, graduate students, administrators and community members interested in teaching in prison and in prison education programs. Speakers discuss the classes and programs they lead and share their experiences engaging in prison education. A question and answer period will follow their presentations.


  • Susan Castagnetto: Coordinator for Intercollegiate Women's Studies of The Claremont Colleges and a Lecturer in Philosophy at Scripps College. 
  • Mary Shanley: Professor of Political Science at Vassar College
  • Todd Young: Alumni Coordinator, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison


  • Geraldine Downey: Director of the Center for Justice and Professor of Psychology at Columbia University

This event is open to Columbia faculty and graduate students interested in prison education and invited guests.

About the Justice-in-Education Initiative

The Justice-in-Education Initiative is a collaboration between the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Center for Justice at Columbia University, along with the Media and Idea Lab of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, to provide educational opportunities to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons and to integrate further the study of justice into the Columbia University curriculum. The Initiative offers courses, taught by Columbia instructors, in local prisons and provides those who have come home from prison with the opportunity to continue their education at Columbia and its partner institutions.


  • Susan Castagnetto


    Intercollegiate Women's Studies of The Claremont Colleges

  • Todd Young

    Alumni Coordinator

    Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

  • Mary Shanley

    Professor of Political Science on the Margaret Stiles Halleck Chair

    Vassar College

  • Geraldine Downey

    Professor of Psychology

    Columbia University


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