Beyond the Bars: A Year Long Focus on Incarceration

Beyond the Bars: A Yearlong Focus on Incarceration is a program of events that will span the spring and fall semesters of 2014 aimed at raising consciousness and engaging students, faculty and community members in dialogue around issues of incarceration and criminal justice.  The series was born out of an annual conference entitled Beyond the Bars that is organized by the Criminal Justice Caucus at the School of Social Work and CJI: Supporting Families, Children and Communities and now The Justice Initiative at Columbia University. The spring program features an array of events including the Beyond the Bars Conference in early March, a symposium on aging in prison in late March and arts festival on incarceration and gender in April.

As a part of Beyond the Bars, the What is Justice? Film Series, a two-semester long program, will explore issues of incarceration via screenings and post-screening discussions of documentaries and feature films.  Through the screening and discussions, attendees and organizers will explore the ways in which these issues impact our society, and how they inform our definitions and imaginations of justice. The series is co-organized in collaboration with the Media and Idea Lab at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, the Center for the Study of Law and Culture and Columbia University School of the Arts and Teachers College, Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs.

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Spring Calendar 

Art and the Politics of Mass Incarceration: Well Contested Sites
Saturday March 1st, 2014 – 1:00 – 2:30pm
Barnard College – Held Auditorium – Barnard Hall
For more information and registration go to the eventbrite page

Beyond the Bars: Breaking Through
Friday March 7th, 2014 – 6:15 – 9:00pm
Saturday March 8th, 2014 – 10:00am – 5:30pm
Columbia University – Roone Alridge Auditorium and Columbia School of Social Work
For more information and registration go to the eventbrite page 

Reducing Incarceration: Endless Punishment, Long-Term Sentences and Aging in Prison – Release and Reentry
Friday March 28th, 2014 – 10:00 – 5:00pm
Mailman School of Public Health
Mailman Auditorium, Allen Rosenfield Building
For more information and registration go to the eventbrite page

Educational Justice Symposium
Monday March 31st, 2014 – 3:30 – 9:00 pm (Reception from 8:00-9:00)
Teachers College, Columbia University
Milbank Chapel & Everett Lounge
For more information and registration go to the eventbrite page

What is Justice? Film Series

Lost in Detention Film Screening and Q&A
Tuesday February 18th, 2014 – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Columbia Law School,
Jerome Green Hall, Rm 106

American Violet Screening and Q&A
Thursday April 3rd, 2014 – 6:00 – 8:30pm
Columbia Law School,
Jerome Green Hall, Rm 102B

Fruitvale Station
Thursday April 17th, 2014 – 6:00 – 8:30pm
Milbank Chapel, Teachers College

In addition to our core events, the Initiative and the yearlong focus will be supporting and promoting related events across Columbia and New York City throughout the year.

For regular updates and ongoing events check out our calendar.