Past Events

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Friday, April 28th, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

We’re excited to announce that this Friday we will be celebrating the work of four NYU PEP students whose writing was selected and published in the Gallatin Review, Volume 32! The GR is an annual journal of NYU student poetry, fiction, and visual art. Join us tomorrow for a reading event from 5:00-6:30pm that will feature their published work and a reception with food and friends.

Friday April 28th, 2017 I 5:00pm – 6:30pm
The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
1 Washington Place, NYC, 10003

Free + Open to public




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You’re invited to a work-in-progress screening of After Now:

when: Friday, April 21st at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
where: 1 Washington Place, NY, NY10003, NYU Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre
what: This screening is part of a short film showcase and will feature three other short films. Screening will be followed by a reception.
~FREE and open to public, no tickets needed, RSVP here~
After Now (2017) is a documentary short film that follows Earl, Joshua, and Carlos as they navigate life after prison. Weaving intimate portraits of their work, family, and neighborhoods in New York City, the film walks us through Earl’s first day out of prison; captures Carlos’s relationship with his wife and three sons, after nearly 13 years away; and follows Joshua as he returns to work and school, and moves forward from his past. After Now captures the joys and challenges of moving from prison to community, and the ways that incarceration touches us all, while following participants for a one-year cycle.
After Now is a film by Raechel Bosch and Thuy Linh Tu, and was made in collaboration with the New York University Prison Education Program.

This film is currently in production through June 2017.






A dialogue between Erica Meiners, Nikhil Pal Singh, & Sukhmani Singh

 April 6th2:30-4:00pm82 Washington Square East Lounge

RSVP to sj Miller:
  Erica R. Meiners is author of several books including Right to be Hostile: Schools, Prisons and the Making of Public Enemies (2009), For the Children? Protecting Innocence in a Carceral State (forthcoming from University of Minnesota 2016) and articles in wide range of publications including Meridians, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Captive Genders, and In These Times. An active member of her labor union, University Professionals of Illinois, she is the Bernard J. Brommel Distinguished Research Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, where she teaches classes in justice studies, education, and gender and sexuality studies and she is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a 2016 Soros Justice Fellowship. Involved in a number of community projects that support access to education for people inside prison and after release: in 1998 Erica co-founded and still teaches at an alternative high school for people exiting prisons and jails and in 2011 started work with others to organize education and art programs at Stateville Prison.

Nikhil Pal Singh is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History and Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program. A historian of race, empire, and culture in the 20th-century United States, Singh is the author of the prize-winning, Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004). Singh has published extensively on topics ranging from US liberalism to the role of race in US foreign policy. The University of California Press published his edited collection of the writings of legendary civil rights activist Jack O’Dell, Climin’ Jacob’s Ladder; The Black Freedom Movement Writing of Jack O’Dell. His new book Race and the Long War will be published by University of Californa Press in Fall 2017. Another book Exceptional Empire: Race and War in US Globalism is in-progress and forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2018.

Sukhmani Singh is Director of the Resilience Opportunity Safety Education Strength (ROSES) study: an implementation and evaluation of the ROSES advocacy program. ROSES is a youth-centered, trauma-informed, gender responsive, community based advocacy program specifically designed for adolescent girls who are either at-risk for juvenile legal involvement or are already juvenile legal system involved. ROSES is a multi-phase, mixed methods study. Dr. Singh specializes in mixed-methods research and is committed to the explicit marriage of research and social justice. Broadly, she is interested in decoloniality, how youth negotiate systems of oppression and her areas of interest include student (dis)engagement, immigrant-youth, and the school-to-prison pipeline. 
This event is sponsored by:
NYU Steinhardt and the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools




reading event 

Friday, March 105-7pm

20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

Please join us for a reading on Friday, March 10th from 5-7pm. Readers include:  Akeel Adil, José Diaz, Ammayeh Benton, Sha’id Muwakkil, Ismael Bonano.

Since October, these writers have participated in a weekly creative writing workshop led by NYC-based writer Hannah Buonaguro.  The workshop is sponsored by New York University’s Prison Education Program and emphasizes writing as process.

Each week, students are given prompts to guide them in their writing. Everyone writes from their unique perspective and in their own style–without any restrictions regarding form. What emerges from this process includes poetry, poetic prose, short story, personal essay, and stream of consciousness narratives.

Join us on Friday to hear the work the writers have chosen to read and perform.

Pizza and beverages will be provided! All are welcome to attend. 

RSVP via Facebook Event


(Re)Emergent Theater Presents:



Have you gotten your tickets for (Re)Emergent Theatre’s production GETTING CLOSE yet? GETTING CLOSE is a play of stories based on members’ lived experiences behind the walls of prison. It’s a web of trauma, loss, resilience, courage, doubt and connection that draws its strength from each storyteller and their stories.
The debut of GETTING CLOSE will be on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th in East Harlem at 7:30pm. Each show will be followed by a talk-back with members. You can purchase tickets here



Monday, February 6th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

New York University, Gallatin, 1 Washington Pl,

5th Floor Student Lounge

Join us for a screening and discussion of 13th, Ava DuVernay’s original documentary about the origins of America’s prison industrial complex. Gallatin faculty and NYU Prison Education Program (PEP) teachers Piper Anderson and George Shulman will be joined by PEP Faculty Director Nikhil Singh for a community conversation following the screening.

Please use the following link to RSVP:



FILM SCREENING + PANEL discussion at Anthology Film Archives!

~November 10th at 7:30pm~

$7 tickets for NYU students/ $11 general admission. RSVP on our Facebook Event page.


State Goods: Procured Materials, Expropriated Space,

and Clandestine Art Making in Prison

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Friday, October 14, 2016

New York University

239 Greene Street, 8th Floor

5:00-8:00 pm

{Sponsored by the Unworking Dark Matters Workshop, NYU Center for the Humanities and Media, Culture and Communication NYU-Steinhardt}

Nicole Fleetwood explores various practices of incarcerated artists and activists to use carceral space, penal matter, and juridical papers to produce art about the U.S. prison state and its various techniques of violence.   Borrowing terms from artists interviewed for this study, the presentation considers how furtive planning and artistic tactics of “procurement” (appropriating items owned by the state) and “expropriation” (claiming state space and resources) are maneuvered to make art. Identifying a regime of Carceral Aesthetics, Fleetwood thinks through the aestheticization of legal form—sentencing papers, court orders, discipline records, release papers, and other legal documents—as art matter. Also discussed is the resignification of prison indexes, such as ID cards and “inmate numbers,” to explore carceral subjectivity and state repression through art. The research is inspired by black feminist theory and activism; abolitionist studies and organizing; and global freedom struggles.

Visions of Confinement: A Lens on Women in the United States Prison System


Date: June 29, 2016 – September 10, 2016
Location: Hunter East Harlem Gallery, 2180 Third Avenue and 119th Street, New York, NY 10035

“Today, women are the fastest growing prison population in the United States. The current moment of crisis within the United States Prison System has direct impact on women both inside and outside the confines of prison. Once incarcerated, these women must adjust to a new life within the confines of the prison, systematically, physically, and psychologically. For their family and friends, a dramatic shift takes place: new methods of communication, restrictions, and endless limitations. Some of the struggles women in prison face include harsh conditions for pregnant prisoners, sky-high costs of phone calls to home, and strict reunification laws that prevent mothers who are imprisoned for a specific period of time to regain custody of their children once they are released.

The exhibition at Hunter East Harlem Gallery revolves around the experience of incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and their families. The gallery will be turned into an “educational lounge” for the duration of the summer, featuring a dialogue wall, artwork, a letter writing station, a listening station, a lounge area, and a small library inside the gallery space–all of which address artistic meditations on the inhumane conditions suffered by women who live in confined spaces, the shifting habits that happen after one is released, and the methods adopted by families of those incarcerated women. We hope to unearth the struggles in this moment of crisis within the country’s justice system and be a part of an ongoing effort to bring about reforms and improve prison conditions.”

Click here to view the summer schedule. 

The MASS STORY: Rikers Island

June 29, 2016

What do you know about Rikers Island? About the people who have been detained there? About the family and friends who visit the Island? About what is needed to close Rikers and strengthen communities?
A Mass Story event is a catalyst for reimagining justice in ways that serve the community. Mass Story events are interactive labs for storytelling and collective strategy design: Story Agents share personal accounts of ways they’ve been impacted by mass incarceration, often focusing on a common theme or place (in this case, Rikers Island); The listening participants enter into dialogue and help to unpack the problems of justice revealed by those stories;Then everyone works together to creatively develop new strategies and solutions that lead to sustainable to change for their community.
Who should attend? Anyone concerned about the current state of NYC’s jail system and wants to participate in developing new strategies that build community and promote more restorative and transformative approaches to justice.
The Mass Story: Rikers Island is presented in partnership with JustleadershipUSA, #CloseRikers Campaign and Humanities Action Lab
A national story exchange on incarceration coming to a city near you…
The Mass Story Campaign is a national participatory story exchange that will travel to more than twenty U.S cities situating the stories of people directly impacted by incarceration as a transformative lens through which communities reimagine justice.


An Evening With Echoes of Incarceration

June 8, 2016

June 8, 2016

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Time: Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm | No admittance after 7:30 pm

Location: DCTV, 87 Lafayette St., New York, NY


Description: As the final installment of DCTV’s series Confines That Bind, DCTV presents Echoes of Incarceration – a showcase of short films produced by youth with incarcerated parents. These films explore mass incarceration and its effects on families told from the perspectives of the filmmakers themselves. Following the screening, viewers will be joined by the Echoes of Incarceration crew, founder Jeremy Robins, and filmmaker/advocate Ebony Underwood.


God and Guns: A Conversation about Violence, Community and our Economies of Attention

March 4th, 2016

Date: March 4, 2016

Location: 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor, New York, NY

The Center for Media, Culture and History Center for Religion and Media presents:

God and Guns: A Conversation about Violence, Community and our Economies of Attention

A panel discussion bringing together religious, academic, media, and activist perspectives on violence, community, and awareness. With Rev. Jeffrey Brown (RECAP), Jennifer Carlson (University of Toronto), Jennifer Mascia (The Trace), and Patrick Blanchfield (Swarthmore College).

Co-Sponsors: Religious Studies, American Studies, the NYU Prison Education Program, and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

Event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Persons with a disability are requested to call the Center in advance: (212) 998-3759.

Theory on the Ground: Religion and Spirituality, Repressing and Redeeming the Struggles for Justice

November 5, 2015

Date: November 5th, 2015

Location: 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor, New York, NY

Co-sponsored by the Center for Religion and Media and the Prison Education Program

Why Prison Education? Why now?


October 20th, 2015

Date: October 20th, 2015

Location: 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, New York, NY

Hosted by the NYU Center for the Humanities

Prison Program Launch Party

May 17, 2015

Date: May 17, 2015

Student Presentation at Wallkill C.F.

May 5th, 2015

Date: May 5th, 2015