Teaching Philosophy in Jails and Prisons: A Roundtable Discussion with Researchers and Educators

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Columbia University, The Heyman Center
Second Floor Common Room
74 Morningside Drive, New York, NY


Please join for a roundtable discussion at the Heyman Center on the aims and challenges of teaching philosophy in jails and prisons. 

The roundtable will begin with a short presentation by Kirstine Szifris, followed by a moderated discussion among educators working through various programs to provide philosophy classes at jails and prisons in New York City. 

Kirstine Szifris is a Research Associate at the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research focuses on the role of philosophy courses in prison education in the UK on developing individual well-being and trust.

Featured image: Prison, May 5, 2005. Photograph by JoshuaDavisPhotography / Flickr


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.