Correctional: Ravi Shankar in conversation with Neni Panourgiá and Ivan Calaff

Correctional: Ravi Shankar in conversation with Neni Panourgiá and Ivan Calaff.

February 23, 2022

Correctional recounts Shankar’s experience with the criminal justice system stemming from an incident of racial profiling that took place in New York City during the “stop-and-frisk” years. The incident would eventually lead to him doing jail time. While in prison, his elevation to full professor was finalized, making him the first American academic to be promoted while incarcerated. This is his story of that experience and the fury it engendered, which ended with his resignation from Central Connecticut State University. It challenges us to rethink the way we view and treat the previously incarcerated and to reexamine the justness of our criminal justice system – especially for people of color.