Justice-in-Education Initiative Workshop: Teaching in Prison

Thursday, December 10, 2015
12:15pm - 2:15pm
Columbia University, The Heyman Center
Second Floor Common Room
74 Morningside Drive, New York, NY


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 experiences engaging in prison education. A question and answer period will follow their presentations.


  • Susan Castagnetto: Coordinator for Intercollegiate Women's Studies of The Claremont Colleges and a Lecturer in Philosophy at Scripps College. 
  • Mary Shanley: Professor of Political Science at Vassar College
  • Todd Young: Alumni Coordinator, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison


  • Geraldine Downey: Director of the Center for Justice and Professor of Psychology at Columbia University

This event is open to Columbia faculty and graduate students interested in prison education and invited guests.

About the Justice-in-Education Initiative

The Justice-in-Education Initiative is a collaboration between the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Center for Justice at Columbia University, along with the Media and Idea Lab of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, to provide educational opportunities to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons and to integrate further the study of justice into the Columbia University curriculum. The Initiative offers courses, taught by Columbia instructors, in local prisons and provides those who have come home from prison with the opportunity to continue their education at Columbia and its partner institutions.


74 Morningside Drive, New York, NY, 10027, U.S.
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The Heyman Center for the Humanities is located on East Campus. Enter the main Columbia gates at 116th Street and Broadway, and walk up the steps of Low Library. Turn right (east) at the top of the first set of steps, and keep walking east until you come to Philosophy Hall. Turn left (north) at Philosophy Hall and walk until you see a ramp on your right going (east) over Amsterdam Avenue.

Take that ramp and walk straight ahead, past the law school on your right and Casa Italiana and the International Affairs Building on your left until you come to a short flight of steps going into the East Campus Residential Center. Take those steps, which will bring you to a security booth for East Campus Residential housing.

Show a picture ID to the guard and walk straight (north) through the courtyard. You will see the Heyman Center building in front of you.

Two Alternative Routes: 

Enter the Wien Hall Gate on 116th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Walk past Wien Hall, then turn right and make a sharp turn up the staircase to the left, which leads to East Campus. Check in with the guard and follow the sign to the Heyman Center.

Enter the International Affairs Building at 420 118th Street. Take the elevators to the 6th Floor and exit the building through the southern doors. The entrance to East Campus will be at the far left (southeastern) corner of the courtyard. Take the stairs up to East Campus. Check in with the guard and walk through the courtyard to the Heyman Center.