Composition I (ENG101), Martina Clark
ENG101 students (from College Now) edited their midterm essays to create one-page flash non-fiction pieces. They focused primarily on words such as “superpredator” which was coined in the 1990s but continues to impact our justice system and mass incarceration to this day. The resulting pieces were displayed in the center of the exhibit hall and can be read below
Composition I (ENG101), Leah Richards
For their final research-based essay, students in ENG101: Composition I were asked to develop a proposal for an arts or education program at a specific NYS carceral institution. For the exhibit, students created visual representations of their proposals and developed an “elevator pitch.”
Creative Writing (Queensboro Correctional Facility) and LIB200: Humanism, Science, and Technology (LaGuardia), Joni Schwartz
Self-selected student prisoners read and discussed texts such as Stephen King’s On Writing and Plato’s Republic; workshopped their poetry, short stories, essays, reflections, and prayers; and exchanged letters with Liberal Arts students at LaGuardia. A selection of these works were showcased at the exhibition.
Humanism, Science & Technology (LIB200), Shannon Proctor
In this Liberal Arts Capstone course, students examined mass incarceration and connected themes (e.g., ICE detention centers, the use of technology in policing practices, the impacts of MI on families and communities, and the value of education in prisons) by adopting the methods and arguments from across the liberal arts disciplines. Their digital/ePortfolio projects captured the breadth of this exploration and highlight the ways in which the lenses of humanism, science, and technology allow us to see the complexities of social issues more clearly.
Illustration (HUA185), Jessica Boehman
Our HUA185 Illustration students were tasked with completing an illustration that could also function graphically as a poster, dealing with the theme of Mass Incarceration. Each of the posters can be viewed below with the poster ultimately selected for the event displayed to the left
Philosophy of Law (HUP109), Shannon Proctor
Students addressed the topic of mass incarceration by thinking about the nature of the law and the types of justifications offered to support specific laws. Specifically, they were asked to consider the relation between our ethical and legal obligations in terms of whether there should be laws enforcing a duty to rescue others. Using poster presentations, students engaged with real world cases in which a duty to rescue was at issue, presenting a range of positions.
Philosophy of Law (HUP 109), Vera Albrecht
Some students chose poems, drawings, and paintings to portray the vast number of the incarcerated and express the hopelessness, despair, and suffering of those detained. Others used posters, digital presentations or essays to convey topics such as the history of mass incarceration in the U.S, international comparisons, juvenile detention, excessive sentencing, as well as the impact of race and economic status, and immigration related detention.
Public Speaking (HUC106) and Freshman Seminar (CJF101), Jill Kehoe
In this learning community for Criminal Justice majors, students learned about the importance of effective communication in exposing miscarriages of justice and enacting social change. For their final projects, they delivered presentations on mass incarceration incorporating powerful images