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Medical and Health Humanities was founded in 2017 by Arden Hegele, a literary scholar and Society of Fellows scholar, and Rishi Goyal, a physician. Their mission is to develop conversations among diverse people thinking about medical and humanistic ways of knowing.

Justice-in-Education Scholars Program Director Nicole Callahan and Public Humanities Fellows Nicole Gervasio and Emily Hainze featured in Public Books' Virtual Roundtable on Engaged Scholarship and Teaching.

The Rikers Coding Project is a student-run initiative that brings students of Barnard College and Columbia University to the Rosen M. Singer Center (part of Rikers Island jail in NYC) to teach a series of coding workshops. We believe learning to code is an important practical skill, and is empowering as one learns how technology works. Coding education is also inaccessible to many because of a lack of financial resources, bias against one’s gender or orientation, or emotional encouragement and support. The Rikers Project is designed to open up the world of code for students at Rikers, and demonstrate that the high-paying jobs in tech are within their reach. Our custom written curriculum aims to teach all the skills necessary to build a website from the ground up--including HTML and CSS, as well as principles of design, communication, and entrepreneurship. The program was founded with the support of the Athena Digital Design Agency, and the Heyman Center and has a strong focus on justice through coding education by and for students.

Carl Hart, the Dirk Ziff Professor of Psychology here at Columbia University published an article in the New York Times yesterday (August 20th, 2017) on "The Real Opioid Emergency." Dr. Hart, known for his research on drug abuse and drug addiction, teaches a class on drugs and behavior once a week at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility. 

Justice in Education Scholar Topeka K. Sam has been named a 2017 Soros Justice fellow. Her "Probation and Parole Accountability Project will help educate, empower, and defend the rights of people currently on probation, parole, or federal supervised release." 

Justice in Education Scholar Topeka K. Sam writes an op-ed for Open Society on America’s Probation & Parole Systems.

The current cover story in the Columbia Magazine is an article about the Justice-in-Education Initiative. Reporter James S. Kunen examines happens when you bring college classes to incarcerated men and women. Click here to read the article.

Public Humanities Fellow Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah is a recipient of the 2017 Presidential Teaching Award for Graduate Student Instructors.Three graduate student instructor (teaching assistant) recipients are recognized each year during the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Convocation ceremony in May. Winners receive a certificate signed by President Bollinger, a formal citation written by their department, and an honorarium of $8,000. Additionally, the winners may also be recognized in University-wide and departmental publications.

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