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February 2017


February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place
New York, New York 10003 United States
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FILM SCREENING: "A WALK TO FREEDOM" A Walk to Freedom Women’s rights activist Donna Hylton is granted permission to visit her friends inside the maximum security prison where she served 27 years. A Walk To Freedom is Donna Hylton's first-person interview about the childhood abuse she endured, the spiral of events that lead to her incarceration, and how she learned to live, love, and trust all over again. Donna Hylton is a women's rights activist and criminal justice reform advocate. Donna speaks…

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Repair the Harms

February 28 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Great Western Staircase (Million Dollar Staircase),, New York State Capitol
Albany, NY United States
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New York’s marijuana arrest crusade began more than 20 years ago. Since then, police departments across the state have arrested over 800,000 New Yorkers for low-level marijuana possession offenses. What’s worse, many of these arrests were the product of an unconstitutional stop. Today, thousands of New Yorkers are still being burdened by these arrests even after the Governor and law enforcement officials admitted they were wrong!   This week, the New York State Assembly passed a landmark piece of legislation to provide some reprieve…

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March 2017


March 2 - March 5

MARCH 2-5, 2017 Beyond the Bars: Transcending the Punishment Paradigm March 2-5, 2017 REGISTER HERE  The Beyond the Bars Conference, now going into its 7th year, is an annual event that brings together a trans-disciplinary group to advance the work of ending mass incarceration and mass criminalization and building a just and safe society. Each year scholars, students, activists, advocates, policy makers, government officials and those who have been most directly impacted by issues of incarceration and criminalization come together…

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Community Scholars Lecture: Voices From Inside America’s Mass System of Punishment

March 7 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Low Library Rotunda, Columbia University,

DATE Mar 07, 2017 -  6:30 PM to 9:00 PM   LOCATION Low LibraryMorningside Campus (W. 116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) New York, NY 10027 Columbia University, Low Library SPEAKERS Reverend Vivian Nixon, Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship (CCF) and Columbia University Community Scholar Voices From Inside America's Mass System of Punishment: The Freeing Power of Higher Education! This lecture will discuss the historic complexities of America’s systems of punishment and its links to race, class, gender, political suppression, and…

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Book discussion with Dr. Carl Hart for his book “High Price”

March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Columbia University, Department of Psychology, 200C Schermerhorn Hall, 1190 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027 United States
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High Price is the harrowing and inspiring memoir of neuroscientist Carl Hart, a man who grew up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and, determined to make a difference as an adult, tirelessly applies his scientific training to help save real lives. Young Carl didn't see the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. Today, he is a cutting-edge neuroscientist—Columbia University’s first tenured African American professor in the sciences—whose landmark, controversial research is redefining our…

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The Empathic Facilitator

March 10 - March 11
Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY 10027 United States + Google Map

Practitioners in the fields of criminal justice and reentry services understand the importance of empathizing with the people they serve. In fact, the restorative justice process is predicated on a foundation of empathy. While it may be assumed a given in social service settings, we never stop cultivating the set of skills necessary for an effective embodiment of empathy. The Empathic Facilitator is a two-day training for anyone who leads groups and wants to develop the skills to create a…

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Born Out of Struggle Critical Race Theory, School Creation, & the Politics of Interruption

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th Street
New York, 10027 United States
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Book Talkwith Scholar-Activist David OmotosoStovall, Ph.D.Professor of African American Studies & Educational Policy Studies at University of Illinois–Chicago David Omotoso Stovall’s Born Out of Struggle focuses on his first-hand participation in the process to help design a community school in Chicago. Offering important lessons about how to remain accountable to communities while designing a curriculum with a social justice agenda, Stovall provides concrete examples of how to navigate the constraints of working with centralized bureaucracies in education and apply them…

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Keywords: Roundtable Discussion on the keyword “justice”

March 23 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 523,

The Center for the Study of Social Difference and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council are co-hosting a spring 2017 Keywords Roundtable Discussion on the keyword “justice”  on Thursday, March 23, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Butler Library 203. The emphasis in the Keyword Conversations is, indeed, on conversation, so we ask each participant to prepare only about ten minutes of critical reflections, which are followed by dialogue among participants and audience members.

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2017 Hoffman Lecture: Writing for Justice: An Advocacy Writing Workshop, with Marlon Peterson

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Columbia School of Social Work – Room C03, 1255 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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2017 Hoffman Lecture: Writing for Justice: An Advocacy Writing Workshop, with Marlon PetersonatColumbia School of Social Work Room C03 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 REGISTER HERE DESCRIPTION FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  3.0 CEUs available for licensed social workers (in-person only; nominal fee—scroll down for more info) Please note that Marlon Peterson will be doing an additional event on this topic on March 29. Compelling advocacy writing is an essential first step toward making change in the…

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Stop and Frisk?

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Columbia School of Social Work – Room C03, 1255 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Learning how this policy impacted a community in the Bronx. A special presentation by the Morris Justice Project. How to follow on Livestream: About ten minutes before the event, go to this link: COMING SOON Type your questions for the speakers into the chat. ************************************************************ Interested in applying for an MSW? The deadline for fall 2017 entry to our online MSW programs (full-time and part-time) and to our part-time residential programs is April…

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