Carceral Crisis Speaker Series

NYU Prison Education Program
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Carceral Crisis Speaker Series

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - May 8 @ 8:30 pm

The Carceral Crisis speaker series at NYU will run Feb 13th – May 8th, 2019 and will take place in the evenings at 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor.

The Carceral Crisis speaker series is part of the spring semester course on Carceral Crisis: Race, Class and Punishment in America taught by postdoctoral fellow Zhandarka Kurti in the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU. Throughout the semester, Professor Kurti will be hosting a series of speakers allowing students to reflect on historical roots of America’s carceral crisis, its collateral consequences and current reform efforts.


February 13th @ 6:30pm: Rikers Island and the History of Carceral Reform 

Jarrod Shanahan will be presenting from his forthcoming book (2020) Rikers: A Social History of New York City’s Island of the Poor, which he is co-authoring with colleague Jayne Mooney.


March 6th @ 5:30pm: Crime and Punishment in America 

An evening with Tony Platt (2019) Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in America and talk-balk with doctoral student Michelle Jones and postdoctoral fellow Zhandarka Kurti


March 27th @ 6:30pm: Mass Incarceration and the Limits of Police Reform
Alex Vitale will be presenting from his book (2017) End of Policing


April 17th @ 6:30pm: The Carceral Complex in the Lives of Working-Class Youth of Color in NYC
Zhandarka Kurti will be presenting on young people’s experiences with criminal courts and probation and current reform efforts.


April 24th @6:30pm: Incarceration and Debt
Alumni from NYU’s Prison Education Program will present on their research on the relationship between incarceration and debt.


May 8th @ 6:30pm: Reform or Abolish?
No New Jails Coalition presents on their efforts to fight against local jail expansion in NYC.


These events are open to Public.

Sponsored by NYU’s Prison Education Program and the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.

Facebook event page, here.



February 13 @ 6:30 pm
May 8 @ 8:30 pm


New York University
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003 United States