9:00 AM09:00

Humanities in Prison, Keynote at UCSB

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Why study the humanities in prison? Why teach them?  What is the value of prison humanities programs for communities both inside and outside of prisons?  What humanistic texts and skills do we teach? A day-long symposium, hosted by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will include the voices of educators and the formerly incarcerated, in this exploration of building intellectual communities across systemic divides through the humanities. This program will be of interest to those involved in public humanities, social justice, transformative pedagogy and civic engagement. 


View Event →

6:00 PM18:00

Beyond the Gates: The Past and Future of Prison Education at Harvard

The Past and Future of Prison Education at Harvard
Tuesday, March 6, 6-8pm

Sanders Theatre

This capstone event will highlight eight panelists with experiences on all sides of a range of prison education programs to discuss the impact of these programs on their lives. The panel includes pairs of students and practitioners who have built and sustained prison education programs ranging from college courses in Massachusetts and New York prisons to community racial justice reading groups in Oregon. Half of the panelists are formerly-incarcerated and many earned degrees while behind bars. Others have helped to teach and build these programs and now work with post-incarcerated people to better address their specific needs. The panel will testify to the range, scope, and depth of prison education and its capacity to address the epidemic of mass incarceration by bringing representatives of the most innovative and dynamic programs in the country. It will consider the work that has been done at Harvard, what we can draw inspiration from, and where we can go from here. 

At this presentation we will also be unveiling a historical report and 15-minute documentary film on the history of prison education at Harvard.


Dr. Steven Hahn, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, New York University, Prison Education Program
Jose Diaz, New York University Prison Education Program
Paul Henry Grice, III, Liberation Literacy
Dr. Garrett Felber, University of Mississippi, Liberation Literacy
Dr. Kaia Stern, Harvard University, Prison Studies Project
Catherine Sirois, Harvard College Alumni, currently at Stanford University, Prison Studies Project
Michelle Jones, New York University, Indiana Women’s Prison Higher Education Program
Darren Mack, The Center for Justice at Columbia University, Just Leadership USA, Bard Prison Initiative

View Event →
4:00 PM16:00

Beyond the Gates: The Past and Future of Prison Education at Harvard

Second Chances: Life After Prison
Monday, March 5, 4-6pm

Memorial Church

This panel brings together some of the leading activists in the criminal justice reform movement—all of whom have served prison sentences—to consider the lived reality of formerly incarcerated people. In a roundtable format, the participants will share personal stories to help us better understand the specific obstacles incarcerated people face as they navigate their return home. We will also consider possible policies and programs that can help us heal from the consequences of mass incarceration both as individuals and as a society.


Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship
Tyrone Werts, Inside/Out Exchange Program Think Tank, Soros Justice Fellow
Jay Jordan, Project Director, Californians for Safety and Justice
Cheryl Wilkins, Columbia University Center for Justice


View Event →
6:15 PM18:15

RIKERS: An American Jail, Screening and Discussion

Sperry Room, Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School, from 6:15pm-8pm

45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

As part of the Transformative Justice Series, we will be hosting a panel discussion and screening the documentary from award-winning journalist Bill Moyers.

Opening Remarks: Kaia Stern, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Moderator: Edyson Julio, Urban Scholar at Harvard's Graduate School of Education

Panelists: Hector B. Custodio (Pastor Benny), Founder and CEO of Never Forsaken Re-entry Ministries, Inc.; Jason Gordon, former Bloods gang member, Founder of the non-profit Glass Ceilings; Jerome L. Pitts, Coordinator, Transitional Employment Program, Haley House; Tina Williams, Community Advocate, On the Rise, Inc.

View Event →
6:00 PM18:00

Exploring the Role of Friends Education in our Current Political Moment: A Community Roundtable at Cambridge Friends School

How might a Friends education support and equip children and communities in our current political moment? The Quaker testimonies of stewardship, peace, integrity, community, equality and simplicity are cornerstone values of a Friends education, They are also integral values to growing compassionate and responsible adults who participate actively in our society. Join our panelists – including educators, parents, scholars, and community leaders – as they reflect upon these values and the role of Friends education within their own lives and our current political moment.

Where: 5 Cadbury Road, Cambridge, MA 02140

When: Wednesday January 11, 2017, 6:00-7:30 PM

View Event →
5:30 PM17:30

Panel Discussion: Education and Transformative Justice, Cambridge, MA


A Community Conversation about Connections, Questions and Action

How do we understand justice? What are the connections between under-resourced schools, trauma, and mass incarceration? From cradle to prison cell, what is our praxis—how do we do education and work for justice that transforms—individuals, relationships and communities?

When: Wednesday, November 9, from 5:30 -7 pm

Where: Askwith Hall, first floor of Longfellow Hall at 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138 

This event launches the HGSE series on Transformative Justice. This series explores the tools educators need to nurture learning communities that affirm human dignity. Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, we will offer various workshops about justice that transforms—individuals, relationships and communities. Topics include restorative justice practices, the developing brain, trauma and racial healing,protecting children from sexual exploitation, and the role of empathy and mindfulness in education.

View Event →
Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education
8:30 PM20:30

Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education

Each performance of Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education begins with a “radical welcome” offered by a different member of the greater Boston community. Welcomers include the individuals below. 

*Schedule subject to change. *


Saturday, August 27 (7:30 PM): 
Dr. Kaia Stern
Co-Founder & Director, Prison Studies Project
Harvard University
View Event →