On September 30, 2018 the CSSD working group Pedagogies of Dignity supported a workshop at Columbia’s Lenfest Center for the Arts, the second such workshop of the Center for New Narratives in Philosophy. The workshop brought together formerly incarcerated students, academics, prison educators, and activists to discuss the benefits of prison education as well as challenges associated with it. The event was hosted by Christia Mercer, Gustave M. Berner Professor of philosophy at Columbia University and Project Director of the working group.
The Pedagogies of Dignity working group has been working with educational staff at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) to organize a series of mini-courses available to men of the MDC. These courses have been attended by over 140 men since February. A full recap of the September 30th workshop can be read here on the CSSD blog.