Fall 2015

  • Susan Castagnetto, Coordinator, 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

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 expereinces engaging in prison education. A question and answer period will follow their presentations.

  • Kevin Coval, Poet, Author and Organizer,
  • Nate Marshall, Poet and Rapper,
  • Angel Nafis, Poet,
  • Morgan Parker, Poet,
  • Messiah Ramkissoon, Poet, Emcee, and Youth Activist,

An evening of justice poetry featuring the editors and contributor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop. Poets read from their new and published works related to issues of justice and discuss the events and experiences that inspired them. Poet and activist Messiah Ramkissoon will open the event with a poem dedicated to the memory of Kalief Browder, and Columbia Adjuct Professor Morgan Parker with close the evening with a poetry selection. During the discussion period, the poets will be joined in conversation with the widely acclaimed rapper Pharoahe Monch.

Public Humanities Initiative
The Confined Arts: Art Exhibition and Conference

Friday, December 4, 2015 - Sunday, December 6, 2015

This 3rd edition of The Confined Arts will be a 40-day art exhibition launched at an opening weekend consisting of art, poetry, motivational speaking, panel discussions, a promotional screening, hands-on workshops, and more.

  • Josh Dubler, Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Rochester

Joshua Dubler is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester and served as a post-doctoral fellow with the Society of Fellows in the Humanities from 2008-2011. Joshua earned his PhD in Religion from Princeton University. His dissertation was an ethnographic study of the chapel at Graterford Prison, which he turned into a book Down in the Chapel (FSG, 2013).

  • Stephan Wolfert, Actor/Writer/Director,

Cry Havoc is a one-person play, written and performed by Stephan Wolfert and directed by Eric Tucker, that unites veterans and non-veterans and explores the difficulties that our veterans and their families face. After overcoming two years of paralysis and six years in the Army, while battling PTSD, Stephan Wolfert met William Shakespeare on a train. Twenty years later, using Shakespeare’s timeless words, actor/veteran Stephan Wolfert rides that train again. This time, leading the audience on an interactive journey through Shakespeare & his veterans. 

Public Humanities Initiative
Race and New Media

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"Race and New Media" is a panel discussion of identity and new digital publishing formats. It features academics (Minh-Ha T. Pham of Pratt University and Susan E. McGregor of Columbia) and editors of online magazines (Lisa Lucas of Guernica and Ayesha Siddiqi of the New Inquiry). The panelists will be speaking about their own experience building careers online as well as their sense of the way race works in the new media landscape.

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