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SYMPOSIA — CENTER of JUSTICE — Upcoming Events 3/29 (Mass Incarceration), 4/7-9 (Black Girl Movement), 4/8-9 (The Wire Conference)*nyc

3 Strong Conferences in NYC worth your time, travel and participation.

Mobility and Confinement: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Incarceration in America

March 29, 2016 9:15am – 5:00pm

Tuesday, March 29, 2016  9:15am – 5:00pm

Second Floor Common Room

This one-day conference explores one of the most important political, economic, and legal problems in contemporary American society: mass incarceration. Assembled under the broadly defined theme of “Mobility and Confinement,” the conference addresses a wide range of issues of central importance to the notion of incarceration, such as economic mobility and poverty; the detention of migrants and refugees; the regulation of drug trafficking and the war on drugs; and the war on terror. Presenters at this conference come from various academic disciplines, including History, Sociology, and Law, under the shared goal of provoking an interdisciplinary discussion of the complex issues of incarceration, criminal justice, and human rights.


Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated



Heyman Center for the Humanities

Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

Center for Justice

The Ladies of Hope Ministries


Hidetaka Hirota, Society of Fellows, Columbia University


Schedule for March 29, 2016

  • 9:15am9:30am
  • 9:30am11:30amImprisonment and Poverty
    • “Welfare Fraud and the Criminalization of Family Poverty in the 1970s”Julilly Kohler-HausmannCornell University
    • “‘You’re in a room full of addicts!’ Prisoner reentry as a social institution and the ‘making up’ of the ex-offender”Reuben J. MillerUniversity of Michigan
    • “Maternal Incarceration and Family Functioning in Fragile Families”Kristin TurneyUniversity of California, Irvine
  • 11:30am
    Lunch Break
  • 12:30pm2:30pmArresting and Detaining Migrants
    • “Caged Birds: Immigration Control and the Rise of Mexican Imprisonment in the United States”Kelly Lytle HernándezUniversity of California, Los Angeles
    • “Legal Attitudes of Immigrant Detainees”Emily RyoUniversity of Southern California Gould School of Law
    • “Detaining Children: Looking for Wrongs in All the Right Places”Juliet StumpfLewis & Clark Law School
  • 2:30pm
    Coffee Break
  • 2:45pm4:45pmThe War on Drugs, The War on Terror
    • “The Carceral City: Los Angeles, Race and Punishment in the Neoliberal Era”Donna MurchRutgers University
    • “Preemptive Policies and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: How National Policymakers Fought Urban Crime”Elizabeth HintonHarvard University
    • “Renditions to Kafka-land: The Case of Mohamedou Ould Slahi”Michael WelchRutgers University
  • 4:45pm Closing
  • 5:00pm

The Wire Conference

Friday, April 8, 2016 – Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Wire Conference

Friday, April 8, 2016 – Saturday, April 9, 2016


Panels 1-5: 301 Pulitzer Hall
Panels 6-7: 501 Schermerhorn Hall
Panels 8 and 9: Cowin Auditorium, Teachers College


Panels 1-7: Free and Open to the Public; No Registration
Panels 8-9: Purchase tickets here:


A consideration of the achievement, the afterlife, and the legacies of the HBO series The Wire—by some of the actors, writers, and musicians who created it, the academics who teach and study it, and those who in their communities continue to engage the issues it raises. The conference will culminate in a ticketed “Actors and Activism” panel, featuring actors from The Wire, and a performance by the Moving Mountains Theater Company, a nonprofit organization that trains inner city youth in the performing arts, founded by The Wire star Jamie Hector.

Although critically acclaimed from the start, the HBO series The Wire was far less widely viewed during its original presentation (2002-08) than it has been in the succeeding years.  It is one of the very few television series that has become both more popular and more revered over time–consistently ranking on top-ten lists as one of the best series in television history—despite never having been heavily publicized or available for viewing free of charge.  And it is the only series to have been so widely incorporated into the academic curriculum in both the US and abroad.  For almost a decade, The Wire has been showing up on the syllabi of courses in sociology, English, African-American Studies, anthropology, film, education, religion, law, urban studies, criminal justice, and media studies at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, UC Berkeley, Middlebury, Rutgers-Newark, University of Washington-Spokane, Syracuse, Loyola University New Orleans, University of Michigan (and the list of both disciplines and institutions goes on).

This two-day conference considers the afterlife and legacies of The Wire. For those involved with its creation, the experience of The Wire was unusually transformative.  The same might be said for those who study and learn from it.  What accounts for the unique status of The Wire as an object of multi-disciplinary inquiry?  Why does it appeal so strongly to those in the academy, and increasingly so as the years go by? In what ways has its unusual degree of creative collaboration led to other forms of collaborative work for creators and consumers (community activism, public humanities, team-teaching across disciplines)?  How does its status as a multi-part realist narrative (written as a whole rather than season by season) shape how we read it?  What effect does its subtly traversing the borderline between fact and fiction have on interpretation?

Friday panels address teaching The Wire and the issues it raises in different contexts; scholarship on The Wire, focusing on questions of seriality and narrative experience (including Linda Williams, Frank Kelleter, and Jason Mittell); a discussion about “immersive journalism” with June Cross, Leon Dash, Lynnell Hancock, among others, and the systemic urban problems that most affect the economically disadvantaged; and a “public square” panel, organized by Sheri Parks (University of MD), on Baltimore as a site for examining the interplay of race, racism, and the roles of the police, city officials, black youth (profiled as such), and other community actors.  There will be an early evening discussion and performance of music from The Wire, organized by the composer Blake Leyh, the music producer of The Wire.

Saturday sessions focus on mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline (organized by the Center for Justice at Columbia); the intersection of race, religion, and politics in the inner city (organized by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies); actors and activism (a roundtable organized by Jamie Hector and including other Wire activist-actors).  There will be an early evening performance by the Moving Mountains Theatre Company.

Conference Schedule

Friday, 8 April 2016 – 8:30am-7:00pm 305 Pulitzer Hall | Free and open to the public

Coffee and Opening Remarks – 8:30am-9:30am

  1. Teaching The Wire – 9:30am-11:00am
    Organized by the Heyman Center for the Humanities
    Fran Bartowski, University of New Jersey, Newark Sherri-Ann Butterfield, University of New Jersey, Newark Toby Gordon, Johns Hopkins University
    Arvind Rajagopal, New York University
    Moderator: Marcellus Blount, Columbia University
  2. Break – 11:00am-11:15am
  3. Seriality and Narrative Experience – 11:15am-12:45pm Organized by the Film Division, School of the Arts Frank Kelleter, Freie Universität, Berlin
    Jason Mittell, Middlebury College
  4. Linda Williams, University of California, Berkeley

Lunch – 12:45pm-2:00pm

  1. Immersion Journalism – 2:00pm-3:30pm Organized by the School of Journalism June Cross, Columbia University Andrea Elliott, New York Times LynNell Hancock, Columbia University Others TBABreak – 3:30pm-3:45pm
  2. Baltimore Stories in the “Public Square” – 3:45pm-5:15pm Organized by Sheri Parks, University of Maryland
    Sheri Parks, University of Maryland
    Other panelists TBA
  3. Break – 5:15pm-5:30pm
  4. Music from The Wire – 5:30pm-7:00pm
    Organized by Blake Leyh, Musical Supervisor on The Wire Juan Donovan Bell, Darkroom Productions
    Blake Leyh, Musical Supervisor on The Wire
    Others TBA

Saturday, 9 April 2016 – Morning Panels 501 Schermerhorn Hall | Free and open to the public

  1. Mass Incarceration and the School-to-Prison Pipeline – 10:00am-11:30am Organized by the Center for Justice
    Mariame Kaba, Project Nia
    Desmond U. Patton, Columbia University Break – 11:30am-11:45am
  2. Carla Shedd, Columbia University Columbia JustArts program participants
  3. Religion, Race, Politics in the Inner City – 11:45am-1:15pm
    Organized and Moderated by the Institute for Research on African American Studies: Monica R. Miller, Lehigh University
    Michael Leo Owens, Emory University
    Josef Sorett, Columbia University
    Rev. LaKeesha Walrond, First Corinthian Baptist Church, New York City
    Joseph R. Winters II, Duke University
  4. Lunch – 1:15pm-3:00pm

Saturday, 9 April 2016 – Afternoon/Evening Panels Cowin Auditorium, Horace Mann Hall, Teachers College
GA Tickets: $15; Student Tickets: $7 | Click here to purchase tickets All proceeds support Moving Mountains Theater Company

  1. Actors and Activism – 3:00pm-4:30pm
    A roundtable featuring actors from The Wire, organized by Jamie Hector Jamie Hector
    Felicia Pearson
    Wendell Pierce
    Sonja Sohn
    Moderator: Jamal Joseph, Columbia University
  2. Intermission – 4:30pm-5:00pm
  3. Performance by the Moving Mountains Theater Company 5:00pm-6:30pm


Heyman Center for the Humanities; School of the Arts; Center for Justice; School of Journalism; Institute for Research in African-American Studies

Events From Our Partners and Friends


April 7 @ 5:00 pm – April 9 @ 7:00 pm

THURSDAY, APRIL 07, 2016 5:00PM TO SATURDAY, APRIL 09, 2016 7:00PMApril 7- 9, 2016
ImageNation Cinema Organization | RAW SPACE2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, (Between 121street & 122street)
New York, NY 10027
“Black Girl Movement: A National Conference” is a three-day gathering at Columbia University in New York City to focus on Black girls, cis, queer, and trans girls, in the United States.   Bringing together artists, activists, educators, policymakers, and black girls leaders themselves, this first national conference on Black girls seeks to address the disadvantages that Black girls in the United States face, while creating the political will to publicly acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and leadership.
Black girls are among the most significant cultural producers, community connectors, and trendsetters, rarely are their contributions recognized or appreciated. At best, they remain invisible in our public discourse or people assume that all Black girls are doing fine and are “resilient” enough to overcome any structural obstacles put in their way. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Black girls in the United States are in crisis. They face significant barriers to educational achievement, economic and political equality, and are the recipients of deeply embedded racial and gender biases in the media, public policy, philanthropy, and research.
As a result, the planning of this conference has been done by an intergenerational and cross-institution coalition because the most innovative work being done on and with black girls often are in silos and without the full benefits of a collaboration, funding, and public visibility.  “Black Girl Movement” is an opportunity change that reality through raising public consciousness, advancing research, policy, and community programming, and developing a resource sharing platform.  Most importantly, this conference will highlight Black girls’ agency and ingenuity in order to elevate their voices and solutions toward improving the life outcomes of Black girls in the United States.

Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus

Program Schedule >>>
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The Black Girl Movement is proud to have the following organizations as Co-Sponsors.

Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Columbia University Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Columbia University Office of the President
Dean for Social Sciences Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
Fordham University African and African American Studies
A Long Walk Home
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Girls for Gender Equity
The Novo Foundation



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