Storytelling in Rikers

Friday, October 27, 2017
12:00pm - 2:15pm
Columbia University, The Heyman Center
Second Floor Common Room
74 Morningside Drive, New York, NY


Sahar Ullah, Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellow (2016 - 2017), has been working with Columbia University's Rikers Education Initiative to design and facilitate a series of storytelling workshops for young women at the Rose M Singer Center at Rikers Island over the last academic year. Ullah will reflect on her experience teaching and learning from the students about different aspects of storytelling including visual narration, character development, and the role of community as producers and audience. The talk is an open invitation to engage with questions about the role of art for justice in education. 


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.