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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.
The Center for Justice at Columbia University announces the June Jordan Fellowship, named in honor of the renowned Harlem-born poet and activist. In each of the next two years, fellowships will be awarded to literary, visual, musical and performance artists who are committed to public engagement. “This fellowship was a dream of the Center for Justice from the very beginning of our work in harnessing the resources of Columbia University to reduce mass incarceration and promote alternative approaches to safety and justice,” said Geraldine Downey, Director of the Center for Justice. “We hope that bringing the various parts of our community together in an artistic endeavor will yield concrete proposals and actionable results on how the literary and performing arts can act as a catalyst for social change.”
Interview with Society of Fellows alumni Hidetaka Hirota featured in this piece in The Atlantic: "First, They Excluded the Irish resident Trump may block entry to foreigners who need public benefits—a proposal rooted in 19th-century laws targeting a wave of impoverished immigrants."
Public Humanities Initiative
Professor Christia Mercer praises new
“Justice-in-Education” Initiative in
Washington Post Op-ed
In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Columbia Professor of Philosophy Christia Mercer relates her experience volunteering as a teacher in a women’s prison, highlighting the need for prison education programs in the country with the highest number of incarcerated people in the world.
Professor Mercer’s class is the first course offered as part of the newly established Justice-in-Education Initiative, a collaborative project by the Heyman Center for the Humanities and Center for Justice at Columbia University to provide education to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons and to integrate more fully the study of justice into Columbia’s curriculum.
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