• Reflection & Action


    Putting Rikers on the Map

    April 6, 2016
    Guest Post by Estefanía Acosta de la Peña, Laura Sánchez, and Misha Volf, graduate students in the MA in Design Studies at Parsons The New School for Design The MTA and ... [Read More]

    Raise the Age in New York State

    March 15, 2016
    Guest Post by Louisa Strothman, Humanities Action Lab Intern Youth housed in adult prisons and jails are thirty six times more likely to commit suicide and at a much higher risk ... [Read More]
    Source: New York Times

    City Council Speaker Says “Shut it Down”

    February 18, 2016
    Guest Post by Louisa Strothman, Humanities Action Lab Intern On Thursday, February 11, 2016, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito addressed many problems with Rikers Island in her State of the City ... [Read More]
    Photo credit: Seth Wenig, AP; taken from NY Daily News.

    Video | Rikers Island: Reform it – or Shut it Down?

    November 30, 2015
    Event On November 18, 2015, the New School hosted an event Rikers Island: Reform it or Shut it Down? hosted at The New School and co-sponsored by the Center for New York ... [Read More]
    The 1951 debate between Norfolk inmates and Oxford was held in the prison's auditorium. (ale Joel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images). Boston Globe.

    Incarceration Past and Present: 1951 and 2015

    November 10, 2015
    On March 5, 1951, students incarcerated at MCI-Norfolk in Norfolk, Mass., beat Harvard debate society in a debate about the welfare state. Started in 1933, Norfolk Debate Society’s history and success has gone largely ... [Read More]
    HAL Assistant Director Julia Thomas presents before panel at Conditions of Confinement event.

    Prison Education’s Untapped Potential

    November 10, 2015
    Last month, a Bard Prison Initiative debate team gained attention and surprised the public by beating Harvard University. This was not the first time incarcerated college students beat a Harvard team. In ... [Read More]
    Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 12.24.24 PM

    Student Reflection: Crisis Intervention Training

    November 5, 2015
    Guest Post by Tabitha Hubbard, M.A. Candidate at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis One topic of discussion today in relation to mass incarceration is Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for first responders. ... [Read More]
    Photo from Lou Weinstein, Gothamist,

    Incarceration Present and Past: 2015 and 1829

    November 2, 2015
    October 25, 2015: Artist Lech Szporer staged art installation The Cage Project in front of “The Tombs,” the Manhattan Detention Complex. In an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, Szporer stood in a locked ... [Read More]
    Still from video on New York Times
A police officer at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina appears to flip a student out of her chair and drag her across a classroom floor. By Reginald Seabrooks on Publish Date October 27, 2015.

    School Resource Officers: 1953 Flint, Mich. to 2015 Spring Valley, S.C.

    November 2, 2015
    On Monday, October 26, 2015, School Resource Officer (SRO) Ben Fields at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina responded to a teenage girl refusing to leave the classroom by violently ... [Read More]
    Two children aged 4 and 1.5 walk by wooden barracks at the Minidoka War Relocation Center, 1943. Photo courtesy of the Wing Luke Asian Museum, the Hatate Collection.

    Student Reflection: Re-thinking Japanese American Incarceration

    October 29, 2015
    Guest Post by M. Chip Chang, PhD Student at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities The term internment refers to the restriction or confinement of a person or persons during a time of ... [Read More]
    Created by Darcy Bender.

    Student Reflection: Environmental Justice and Prisons

    October 22, 2015
    Guest Post by Darcy Bender, Student at The New School In researching the history of incarceration in New York City, I was astonished to learn that Riker’s Island is largely comprised ... [Read More]
    CCA Go Away Campaign, University of Miami Special Collections, Florida Immigrant Coalition Collection

    Student Reflection: Crimmigration and Immigrant Detention in South Florida

    October 14, 2015
    Guest Post by Yoselyn Paulino, Student at University of Miami On the first day of class, I had no idea what detention centers were. I loosely knew about immigration and deportation, ... [Read More]
    Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 3.26.25 PM

    Incarceration Present and Past: 2015 and 1982

    October 7, 2015
    October 6, 2015: The New York Times reported that the Justice Department is preparing to release about 6,000 people incarcerated in federal prisons for drug crimes at the end of this month. Notably, the ... [Read More]
    After the film, audience members are invited to discuss issues about policing and prisons in their home state that they find particularly important to include in the national exhibit.

    Student Reflection: UNO Film Series Focuses on Incarceration

    September 30, 2015
    Guest Post by Jessica Dauterive, Student at University of New Orleans The University of New Orleans’ chapter of the national history honors society Phi Alpha Theta is sponsoring a series of film ... [Read More]

    Incarceration Present and Past: 2015 and 2013

    August 27, 2015
    August 25th 2015: Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state will terminate its contract with the Management and Training Corporation (MTC) to run Arizona State Prison- Kingman. The move ... [Read More]
  • Projects


    States of Incarceration National Launch & Conference

    March 9, 2016
    National Launch & Conference April 14-16, 2016, New York City States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories States of Incarceration will bring together the national community of over 500 ... [Read More]

    The New School | The New School’s Humanities Action Lab Awarded $250,000 Grant by National Endowment for the Humanities

    January 7, 2016
    Funds will support Humanities Action Lab’s latest project, “States of Incarceration,” a traveling multi-media exhibition opening at The New School April 2016. NEW YORK, January 7, 2015 – The National ... [Read More]
    northeastern university

    Partner Spotlight: Northeastern University

    November 9, 2015
    Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk, or MCI – Norfolk, is a medium security prison in Norfolk, MA, with an average daily population of 1500 inmates. Though it is rated medium ... [Read More]
    University of Miami: The Krome Detention Center is one of most well-known immigration detention centers in the United States. Working collaboratively community partner Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), University of Miami students will explore local questions related to mass incarceration and immigrant detention, through service-learning civic engagement.

    Partner Spotlight: University of Miami

    October 29, 2015
    The Krome Detention Center is one of most well-known immigration detention centers in the United States. Located in Miami, Florida, the facility holds an average of 600 immigration detainees. (The ... [Read More]

    Partner Spotlight: Duke University

    October 14, 2015
    A recent report released by the Equal Justice Initiative located in Montgomery, AL, entitled “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror” listed North Carolina as one of the “12 ... [Read More]

    Partner Spotlight: University of Minnesota

    September 30, 2015
    The team at UMN will be building upon a project that students are already working on around Fort Snelling, focusing on its use as a concentration camp for Dakota prisoners ... [Read More]
    Group portrait of eight Mexican American males taken in for questioning in the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder investigation, Los Angeles, Calif. MUST CREDIT: Special Collections, UCLA Library

    Partner Spotlight: University of California – Riverside

    August 31, 2015
    University of California – Riverside students plan to focus thematically for their contributions to the HAL Global Dialogues traveling exhibition. The students along with their partners hope to present digitally ... [Read More]

    Partner Spotlight: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

    August 12, 2015
    IUPUI Public History and Museum Studies students will focus on the intersections of mass incarceration and mental health. Our main partner in this project is the Indiana Medical History Museum ... [Read More]

    Partner Spotlight: University of Texas at Austin

    August 6, 2015
    Students at the University of Texas will dive into a multidisciplinary and multimedia course that explores the spatial histories of migrant detention centers in Texas. Students will conduct primary field ... [Read More]
    Photo by John Moore/Getty Images, posted in The Dark Room/The Baltimore Sun

    Partner Spotlight: Rutgers University-Newark

    July 28, 2015
    In 1995, immigrant detainees, predominantly African immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S., being held at the Esmor detention facility in Elizabeth, NJ rioted against the inhuman treatment they received. This ... [Read More]
    Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 2.06.51 PM

    The Challenge in Exhibiting Incarceration

    May 8, 2015
    Throughout the spring 2015 semester, one class of students at Parsons School of Design at The New School delved into the makings of an exhibit – both as a physical component and ... [Read More]
    Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 1.22.53 PM

    Teaching from the Archive of Women’s Incarceration

    May 7, 2015
    How do we teach the history of imprisonment when mass incarceration continues to shape our current social landscape in the United States? On May 7, Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellow ... [Read More]

    National Project Partner Meeting in Nashville

    April 13, 2015
    On April 18 and 19, The New School’s HAL: GD team will travel to Vanderbilt University in Nashville and meet with project partners from 20 cities across the country. Building upon ... [Read More]
    Arizona State University, Tempe: Arizona’s “sunbelt justice” helped drive the transformation of incarceration across the country.  It’s now a national battleground over immigration detention.  Students and community partners will explore lessons from Arizona’s history, focusing on immigrant detention and its impact on women and children.

    Immigration Detention in Arizona

    February 16, 2015
    Arizona State University, Tempe: Arizona’s “sunbelt justice” helped drive the transformation of incarceration across the country.  It’s now a national battleground over immigration detention.  Students and community partners will explore ... [Read More]

    Creative Justice with Piper Anderson

    February 16, 2015
    For two intensive weeks – 40 hours of class time! – students in Piper Anderson’s “Creative Justice” class read materials on the criminal justice system and the transformative justice movement, ... [Read More]
  • Events


    States of Incarceration National Launch & Conference

    March 9, 2016
    National Launch & Conference April 14-16, 2016, New York City States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories States of Incarceration will bring together the national community of over 500 ... [Read More]

    National Council on Public History: Challenging the Elusive Past

    March 4, 2016
    March 19, 2016 | Baltimore, Maryland  2016 NCPH Annual Meeting and Society for History in the Federal Government Joint Meeting HAL Director Liz Ševčenko will lead the workshop “Public History and ... [Read More]

    Related Event | Beyond the Bars 2016: Connecting the Struggles

    February 22, 2016
    March 4-6, 2016 | New York, NY Beyond the Bars 2016: Connecting the Struggles The 6th annual Beyond the Bars Conference will take place March 4-6, 2016 at Columbia University. This ... [Read More]

    Partner Event | Mass Incarceration and the Destruction of Community: Beyond the Post-Racial Myth

    February 4, 2016
    Thursday, February 25, 2016 IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI in conjunction with the Department of Sociology presents: Mass Incarceration and ... [Read More]
    Photo by Jacob Lawrence

    Partner Event | Long Time Here: Prisons and Policing in African-American History

    January 20, 2016
    Saturday, February 20, 2016 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm | Newark, NJ Issues of policing and incarceration – both locally and nationally – will be in sharp focus as the ... [Read More]

    Film, Poetry, Dance: A Place to Stand​

    December 3, 2015
    Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 7:30pm | New York City A moving film about formerly incarcerated award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, A Place to Stand is a moving testament to ... [Read More]
    Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 10.09.10 AM

    Partner Event | Caged Birds: Immigration Control and the Rise of Mexican Incarceration

    November 19, 2015
    Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 3:30-5 pm | Riverside, CA The public lecture will examine Border Patrol and the demographics of rising incarceration in Los Angeles.
    Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 3.17.09 PM

    Partner Event: Windows to Angola

    November 13, 2015
    The Exhibit “Windows to Angola” features UNO students performing rituals to honor inmates’ deceased loved ones. “Stories from Prison: Honoring Ancestors” is an exhibit of work by UNO students in ... [Read More]
    Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 3.04.39 PM

    Rikers Island: Reform it – or Shut it Down?

    November 1, 2015
    Wednesday, November 18, 2015 2:00pm The Auditorium 66 West 12th Street, First Floor The Rikers Island jail complex has become an infamous symbol of criminal justice dysfunction. Last year, The New ... [Read More]

    Partner Event: Newest Americans at Rutgers University

    November 1, 2015
    Newest Americans Pop-Up Event Tuesday, November 10, 2015 ​7:00pm-9:00pm​ Essex Room – Room 231 Paul Robeson Campus Center 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Newark, NJ 07102 Rutgers Center ... [Read More]

    Conditions of Confinement

    October 30, 2015
    Conditions of Confinement: Mass Incarceration and Access to Information October 30, 2015 7-8:30pm The New School Klein Conference Room, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, Room A510 66 West 12th St, NYC ... [Read More]

    Shared Sentences: Public Humanities Takes On Mass Incarceration

    October 26, 2015
    October 26, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Dana Library 185 University Avenue, Rutgers University Newark, NJ 07102   The United States incarcerates more people, and more people of color, than ever in its history.  ... [Read More]

    Partner Event: Mariposa & the Saint

    October 26, 2015
    October 26, 2015. 2:10 pm – 3:30 pm University of California, Riverside 900 University Ave. INTS 1128 Screening Room Riverside, CA 92521 Organized by the Center for Ideas & Society

    Event: Art and Social Justice on Death Row

    September 16, 2015
    Art and Social Justice on Death Row A Panel Discussion Saturday, September 19, 4 pm In conjunction with the exhibition Life After Death and Elsewhere a collection of memorials made ... [Read More]
    Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 4.33.13 PM

    Partner Event: UNO hosts first film screening “In the Land of the Free…”

    September 15, 2015
    The Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies & Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society Present In the Land of the Free A film by Vadim Jean & narrated by ... [Read More]