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Social Justice/Symposia – Upcoming Events From the Center for Justice at Columbia University


Upcoming Events  From

the Center for Justice at

Columbia University

Thursday February 18, 2016
from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Chapter and Verse

Thurs, Feb 18, 2015, 6:30 pm

Jamal Joseph, School of the Arts
Kathy Boudin, Center for Justice
Soffiyah Elijah, Correctional Association of New York
Carl Hart, Department of Psychology
Samuel Roberts, Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Introduced by Maureen Ryan, Film Program
Moderated by Kendall Thomas, School of Law
Miller Theatre
2960 Broadway

Interdisciplinary conversation on race, justice, and the carceral continuum following a screening of Jamal Joseph‘s Chapter and Verse.

About the film: “Upon his return from serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Lance lives under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a half-way house. Unable to find a job with the computer tech training he received in prison, Lance is forced to take a deliveryman job in a food pantry. It is thus that he meets and is befriended by Ms. Maddy, a 60-year old strong and spirited grandmother. Lance assume responsibility for Ty’s well being, Ms. Maddy’s 15-year old grandson—a promising student and artist who has become involved in a dangerous Harlem street gang. Lance tries to make peace with G-Rod, the charismatic gang leader and makes a deal to let Ty walk away. But when gang members decide to punish Ty for disobeying the ‘law of the streets, Lance decides to sacrifice his ‘second chance’ at freedom so that Ty can have a ‘first chance’ at a better life.”

Panel discussion will include School of the Arts Professor Jamal Joseph, Kathy Boudin from Center for Justice, Soffiyah Elijah from Correctional Association of New York, Department of Psychology Professor Carl Hart and Institute for Research in African-American Studies Professor Samuel Roberts. The panel will be introduced by School of the Arts Film Program Professor Maureen Ryan and moderated by Kendall Thomas from the School of Law.


A Community Impacted
Friday, February 19, 2016
EYES: A Community ImpactedFriday February 19, 2016
583 Riverside Drive 7th FL
New York, NY 10031
is a first hand account of two
African American men going through Rikers Island.
One as a NYC Correctional Officer, the other as a teenager looking for a way out of poverty.
Two sets of eyes traveling the same road!

The Negro American has survived at all is extraordinary—a lesser people might simply have died out, as indeed others have … But it may not be supposed that the Negro American community has not paid a fearful price for the incredible mistreatment to which it has been subjected over the past three centuries.
-The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.

Sponsored by the Center for Justice at Columbia University, BROADWAY HOUSING COMMUNITES and Opportunities and Change

Friday, February 26, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016 4-7pm
Jerome L. Greene Hall – JG 103 435 W 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOLFor more information visit:
The Real Women Real Voices symposium is a groundbreaking discussion that will highlight the issues and concerns that impact incarcerated women. The two-part panel will feature currently incarcerated women and formerly incarcerated women discussing the impact of incarceration on not only their lives, but also their children and families, and the necessity for the advancement of policy around women in incarceration.The Ladies of Hope Ministries presents the Real Women Real Voices symposium, A precursor to the 2016 Beyond the Bars Conference, sponsored by the Center for Justice at Columbia University and the Beyond the Bars Fellows.

Organized by the Ladies of Hope Ministries and sponsored by the Center for Justice at Columbia University, the Beyond the Bars Fellowship, The Heyman Center for Humanities, Center for the Study of Law and Culture, AMPLIFI, Families for Justice as Healing and Women Who Never Give Up

Beyond the Bars 2016Connecting the Struggles
March Friday 4th-
Sunday 6th, 2016
The 6th Annual Justice Conference at Columbia University

Connecting the Struggles

March 4-6, 2016

For More information about the conference click the link below:

The 6th annual Beyond the Bars Conference will take place March 4-6, 2016 at Columbia University. This year’s conference, Connecting the Struggles, aims to connect the many ways in which mass incarceration has impacted individuals, families and communities across the U.S, and beyond, as well as build connections across diverse struggles for social justice.

Albert Einstein stated that imagination is more powerful than knowledge ––Our comrade and sister Angela Davis, challenged us to imagine a world without prison. Join us as we honor the spirit of the struggle – join in solidarity with impacted people, and with academics, activists, practitioners and community members as we continue to connect the struggles in the efforts to eradicate mass incarceration and to build a world where social justice is ubiquitous.

Conference Schedule

Friday March 4th: Conference Kick Off Event with Angela Davis

Saturday March 5th: Panels and Breakout Sessions 

Sunday March 6th: Building the Grassroots – Organizing Workshops 

Conference Registration will begin in February 2016
As always the conference is free and open to the public

For More information about the conference click the link below:

Call for Workshop Proposals for Sunday March 6th

Have an idea for a workshop? We’re accepting workshop applications now for the Sunday portion of the conference [click here for more information]. Please apply by Friday January 29th.

Beyond the Bars is organized by the Criminal Justice Caucus at the Columbia School of Social Work, the Center for Justice at Columbia University, and the Beyond The Bars Fellows

Solitary Confinement Edition
March 12, 2016 
his edition of The Confined Arts will be a symposium consisting of an art exhibition, poetry, a panel discussion, a promotional screening, and more. Opportunities and Change will be collaborating with the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement to highlight the humanity of the people held in solitary confinement inside of our nation’s prisons. Additionally, we hope to raise awareness about the inhumane conditions and the use of solitary confinement to educate attendees.

Date: Saturday  March 12, 2016

Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

St. Francis College

180 Remsen St,

Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Confined Arts is a platform to illustrate and showcase the talents of currently and formerly incarcerated creative voices. We are creative voices that speak through our visual art, performing art, poetry, and music. We speak as creative voices in order to abolish the inhumane narratives and socially degrading stigmas that are used to describe our past experiences and limit our futures. We’ve set out to establish new empathic narratives about who we are. The Confined Arts platform is also open to those artists who work in or around jails and prisons, or are in other ways linked to the issue of mass incarceration. The Confined Arts is also home to artists who have been affected by mass incarceration due to the imprisonment of a friend or family member.


Johnny Perez, Media Committee Co- Chairman, Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement. 2015 Opportunity Agenda Fellow, SFC Student

Isaac Scott, Columbia University, Center for Justice/Opportunities and Change

Emily Horowitz, Associate Professor & Chairperson, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, Director, Institute for Peace & Justice


Hudson Link @ St.Francis

Campaign for Alternative to Isolated Confinement

Justice and Education Initiative, Columbia University·

Opportunities and Change

New York University




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