Public Humanities Initiative

Insurgent Knowledges: Book Discussion

Monday, September 18, 2017

Join us for a more nuanced analysis of the relationship between prisons and public education with authors Dr. Damien Sojoyner and Dr. Sabina Vaught and respondents Robin McGinty and Dr. Carla Shedd. 

Are you interested in community impact? Do you wish your students were more civically engaged? Come to our workshop on Bringing Engaged Scholarship to the Humanities Classroom. You’ll learn about models for engaged scholarship, be inspired by service learning projects around the country, and begin to map out your own path to creating service learning experiences for your students.

A Woman’s Celebration

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Woman’s Celebration is Love Thyself First’s 2nd Annual woman’s wellness celebration centered on self-love and mental health advocacy. 

Presenters at this conference come from various academic disciplines, including History, Sociology, and Law, under the shared goal of provoking an interdisciplinary discussion of the complex issues of incarceration, criminal justice, and human rights.  Click here for more details and a full schedule.

This edition of The Confined Arts will be a symposium consisting of an art exhibition, poetry, a panel discussion, a promotional screening, and more. Opportunities and Change will be collaborating with the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement to highlight the humanity of the people held in solitary confinement inside of our nation’s prisons. Additionally, we hope to raise awareness about the inhumane conditions and the use of solitary confinement to educate attendees.

Beyond the Bars 2016: Connecting the Struggles

Friday, March 4, 2016 - Sunday, March 6, 2016

Registration Required: The 6th annual Beyond the Bars Conference, "Connecting the Struggles," aims to connect the many ways in which mass incarceration has impacted individuals, families and communities across the U.S, and beyond, as well as build connections across diverse struggles for social justice.

Real Women, Real Voices

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Real Women Real Voices symposium will highlight the issues and concerns that impact incarcerated women. The three-part event will feature a video simulcast of currently incarcerated women, joined by formerly incarcerated women and children of incarcerated parents discussing the impact of imprisonment and need for carceral policy reform. The Ladies of Hope Ministries presents the Real Women Real Voices symposium as a precursor to the 2016 Beyond the Bars Conference.

  • 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.


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