Symposium: Humanities in Prison

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April 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

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Humanities in Prison

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? This day-long symposium, hosted by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, will explore the building of intellectual communities across systemic divides through the humanities. The symposium will include the voices of educators and formerly incarcerated individuals and will be of interest to those involved in public humanities, social justice, transformative pedagogy and civic engagement.

Sponsored by the IHC’s Crossings + Boundaries series and the Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment; the College of Letters & Science Critical Issues in America series, Changing Faces of U.S. Citizenship; and the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life


9:00–10:45      Introductory Remarks
John Majewski, Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts (UCSB)
Panel: Teaching the Classics
Emilio Capettini (UCSB), Michael Morgan (UCSB), Nancy Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), Jessica Wright (USC)
Moderator: Dorota Dutsch (UCSB)

11:00–12:00      Panel: Teaching Literature and the Arts
Kevin Bott (Wagner College), Susan Derwin (UCSB)

12:00–12:30     Panel: Teaching “Foundations in the Humanities”

12:30–1:30       Lunch

1:30–3:00      Panel: Supporting Transition
Sister Mary Sean Hodges (Archdiocese of Los Angeles), Alfredo H. Cruz, Tony Kim, Gary Thomas (Partnership for Re-Entry Program)
Moderator: Susan Derwin (UCSB)

3:00–3:15      Coffee break

3:15–4:30      Keynote: “Transformative Justice and Prison Education”
Kaia Stern, Cofounder and Director of the Prison Studies Project (Harvard University)

4:30–5:30      Reception

All are welcome, no reservations needed. Parking in Lots 27 and 22


April 26, 2018
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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