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Syllabus: A History of Poverty

December 18, 2018 JIE Updates

This is the syllabus for a course taught in 2017 at a maximum-security New York State prison. The course investigates the history of American poverty from the colonial...

Announcing the 2018-2020 Social Justice Institute Cohort

September 5, 2018 Opportunities

The BCRW Social Justice Institute is thrilled to welcome the 2018-2020 cohort, with Artist-in-Residence La Vaughn Belle, Researcher-in-Residence Mariame Kaba,...

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New York State Senate Passes ‘HALT’ Solitary Confinement Act

March 19, 2021 In the Press

“We remember the names Layleen Polanco, Kalief Browder, and Benjamin van Zandt, and the countless others whose lives have either been taken or destroyed by solitary...

Opportunity: Community Clay Arts Program for Formerly Incarcerated Persons

March 17, 2021 Opportunities

Wedging Forward is a community-based clay arts program for formerly incarcerated individuals.

New Bill Tries Again to Make Prison Phone Calls Completely Free

March 2, 2021 In the Press

“Decades of research have shown that keeping in touch with loved ones while incarcerated significantly improves an individual’s chance for successful reentry when they...

Short Documentary Highlights Columbia University’s Justice Through Code Program

February 22, 2021 In the Press

The JTC program works to solve the crisis of mass incarceration by offering life-changing access to career-track opportunities in the technology industry to people...

Bernard Harcourt and 13/13 Seminar Event Series Featured in the Intercept

February 10, 2021 In the Press

“The calls from activists and lawmakers go well beyond asking Biden to issue a moratorium, which would leave people on federal death row vulnerable to execution in the...

MoMA PS1 Exhibit Highlighting Incarcerated Artists Featured in the Atlantic

February 10, 2021 In the Press

“A particular set of constraints confronts incarcerated artists in their work: very little space, very few materials, but almost endless time.”

Former JIE Instructor Featured in New York Times Magazine Cover Story

February 3, 2021 In the Press

Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a former instructor in Columbia’s Justice-in-Education program, is featured in the cover story of the New York Times Magazine.

“Rethinking Justice” Awarded an Action Grant from Humanities New York

January 27, 2021 JIE Updates

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities received a $4,606 action grant for Rethinking Justice.

Special Issue of Synapsis on Justice-in-Education and Covid-19

January 25, 2021 JIE Updates

Justice-in-Education and Covid-19 collects auto-ethnographies of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated writers as they respond to the initial Covid-19 lockdown in NYC.

Opportunity: PEN America's Writing for Justice Fellowship

January 25, 2021 Opportunities

PEN America’s Writing for Justice Fellowship commissions writers to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration...