UMass Amherst News | UMass Amherst Public History Program is Part of Coalition to Receive $250,000 NEH Grant for Major Study of U.S. Incarceration

February 24, 2016
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AMHERST, Mass. – The Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a coalition of 20 universities including the University of Massachusetts and its Public History Program, has received a $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support “States of Incarceration,” a traveling exhibit, web platform and series of curricula focusing on mass incarceration.

Led by The New School in New York, HAL has invited students and people directly affected by incarceration in 20 cities to explore their own communities’ experience with incarceration – how it evolved historically and what issues remain today. Each team created one local “chapter” of what will be compiled into a collective, multi-faceted portrait of incarceration, past and present, framed by the key questions these histories raise.


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Solobia Hutchins, Ruby King and Holly Richardson of the Massachusetts Statewide Harm Reduction Coalition protest at the construction site of the women’s jail in Chicopee, Massachusetts in 2006. Photo courtesy of the Arise for Social Justice Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College.

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