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Reading and discussion of Flores Forbes' new book Invisible Men: A Contemporary Slave Narrative in the Era of Mass Incarceration with author Flores A. Forbes, Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law Columbia University, and Glenn E. Martin, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate. October 10, 2016. Sponsored by the Columbia Center for Justice, Center for the Study of Law and Culture, Heyman Center for the Humanities, and Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.

This is a highlight of a special Panel titled "Actors and Activism" during the two-day conference (April 8,9 2016) on the popular television show The Wire presented by The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. The panel featured The Wire leads Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield), Felicia Pearson (Snoop), Wendell Pierce (Bunk Moreland), and Sonja Sohn (Kima Greggs). See the full panel video here.

This is the first panel of the two-day conference (April 8-9, 2016) on the popular television series The Wire, hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. This panel is titled "Teaching The Wire" and featured Frances Bartkowski, Rutgers University-Newark, Marcellus Blount, Columbia University, Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Rutgers University-Newark, Toby Gordon, Johns Hopkins University, and Arvind Rajagopal, New York University.

This is the fifth panel of the two-day conference (April 8-9, 2016) on the popular television series The Wire, hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. This panel is titled "Music from The Wire" and featured performances by Diablo Flamez and DJ Technics. Panelists included Sheri Parks, University of Maryland, Michael Casiano, University of Maryland, Ashley Minner, University of Maryland,  Kalima Young, University of Maryland, and Ashley Minner, University of Maryland. The panel was organized by Sheri Parks, University of Maryland.  

This is the seventh panel of the two-day conference (April 8-9, 2016) on the popular television series The Wire, hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. This panel is titled "Religion, Race, Politics in the Inner City." Panelists include Monica R. Miller, Lehigh University, Michael Leo Owens, Emory University, Josef Sorett, Columbia University, Rev. LaKeesha Walrond, First Corinthian Baptist Church, New York City, and Joseph R. Winters II, Duke University. The panel was organized by Josef Sorett, Institute for Research on African American Studies.

Over twenty years ago, four men from the North Hill neighborhood of Akron, Ohio committed a series of restaurant robberies. During the robberies the men locked the restaurant employees in the walk-in coolers, gaining them the moniker "the Cooler Bandits." Although no one was physically injured, the group received collective prison sentences of up to 500 years. From 2006-2013, director John Lucas follows the unfathomable journeys of Charlie Kelly, Donovan Harris, Richard “Poochie” Roderick, and Frankie Porter as they cope and survive despite the harsh realities of prison. "The Cooler Bandits" documents these men in their respective stages of incarceration as they fight to maintain relationships with family and friends, and reintegrate into society after spending their adult lives incarcerated.