I teach philosophy at Columbia. But some of my best students are inmates.
OpEd written by Columbia professor Christia Mercer detailing her experiences teaching incarcerated students through the Justice-in-Education Initiative.
On a recent Friday night, a student and I were playing dead on the cold linoleum floor of a prison. The woman standing over us was proudly proclaiming the coldblooded murder of her no-good husband and his unwilling mistress. As professor at Columbia University, I’ve asked lots of students to act out this 2,500 year-old scene from Aeschylus’ “Oresteia.” That night, surrounded by women who have spent years in prison, the power of those words increased ten-fold. Read more.