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Justice-in-Education Initiative Workshop: Teaching in Prison

Public Humanities, Explorations in the Public Humanities, Arts, Humanities, and the Carceral State

dateDecember 10, 2015 timeThursday, 12:15pm EST location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Heyman Center Public Humanities Initiative
  • Center for Justice at Columbia University
  • Photo ID required for entry
  • Audience open to all faculty, graduate instructors, graduate students, undergraduate students, students, and invited guests

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.

  • Susan Castagnetto Coordinator Intercollegiate Women's Studies of The Claremont Colleges
  • Todd Young Alumni Coordinator Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
  • Mary Shanley Professor of Political Science on the Margaret Stiles Halleck Chair Vassar College
  • Geraldine Downey Professor of Psychology Columbia University