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New School (New York, NY 10011-8871)
Liz Sevcenko (Project Director: June 2015 to December 2017)

Humanities in the Public Square
Public Programs

$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 8/31/2017

History of Punishment (WT)

Community dialogues across the country on crime and punishment using a community-curated traveling exhibition, a web platform, a series of public programs, and educational resources.

The Humanities Action Lab (HAL) Global Dialogues on Incarceration is a coalition of 20 universities, led by The New School, collaborating to produce a student- and community-curated traveling exhibit, web platform, and series of public dialogues on the history of incarceration. The U.S. incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country in the world and at any other moment in its history; as a result, a massive number of people are involved in its prison system: from inmates and their families to residents of prison towns to consumers of prison-made goods. Intense recent debates from Missouri to Maryland around policing and incarceration demonstrate an urgent need for civil conversations on these issues. The project will focus on bringing historical perspective—how Americans have grappled with these issues in the past—to help people with contrasting experiences and opinions in 7 communities from coast to coast engage in dialogue on these issues today.