American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO | Education and incarceration: Examining a system

November 3, 2015
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On November 2, 2015, AFT featured an article about UNO’s work with the Humanities Action Lab, “Education and incarceration: Examining a system“:

“At the University of New Orleans, where faculty are represented by the AFT’s United Federation of College Teachers, a series of lectures, panel discussions, films, visual art and student coursework is examining the American prison system at a moment of heightened awareness around racial equity and prison culture. Not only does the United States host the largest prison population in the world, but research shows that African-American men are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men, a statistic that has troubled human rights advocates all the way up to President Obama.”

AFT also discusses the project in greater detail:

“[Professor] Weber helped initiate much of the event series, which is sponsored by the university’s Midlo Center for New Orleans studies and the history department, and continues through the fall semester. He is also directing the UNO portion of the Global Dialogues on Incarceration, a nationally touring public history project based out of The New School in New York City and involving 20 different colleges and universities. His students will contribute their work to the national traveling exhibit. They are also participating in a postcard exchange project with prisoners at Angola called “Stories from Prison / Honoring Loved Ones,” which involves performing commemorations requested by prisoners for people who have died while the prisoners were locked up.”

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