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We know it's Spring Break, but...

...we just can't stop thinking about prison education! So here we are, sending out some more tidbits of interest.

Princeton undergrads who are working with Tiger Challenge this year have asked us to encourage other Princeton students (undergraduate and graduate) who are involved with PTI to take this survey. Please read on for details!

"This survey is being conducted by the Tiger Challenge with the eHub. In the Tiger Challenge, students work with partner communities to develop lasting innovations and the joint-capacity to address seemingly intractable societal issues, such as affordable housing or adolescent mental health. The program is grounded in design thinking, a methodology that unlocks empathy, creativity, collaboration and open-mindedness. Part of our challenge includes finding ways to brand professions and change perceptions of careers. We are hoping to learn more about how young people think about careers through the use of this survey. This survey should not take more than 2-3 minutes. Thank you in advance for your time!"
McGraw Center Lecture: Identity and Authority in an Inclusive Classroom
Wednesday, March 29 (4:30-6pm) at the Carl Fields Center

All aspects of the self are salient in the classroom, and Parker Palmer underscores the primacy of the teacher's own identity. Research shows that various aspects of identity, such as gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation affect how teaching and learning happen in multiple, complex ways. When does identity enhance or undermine the presumed experience or authority of the teacher? Moreover, how do dynamics of identity influence the classroom experience for students and teachers alike? Join us for an interactive conversation with Dr. Jennifer Bryan ('83) as we consider pedagogically effective ways to create inclusive classrooms in light of these challenges.

Thursday, April 13 (9am-4pm)
Saint Peter's University (Mac Mahon Student Center, 47 Glenwood Ave., Jersey City)

The conference is sponsored by the NJ Reentry Corporation, a nonprofit agency with a social mission to remove all barriers to employment for citizens returning from incarceration. You can register HERE! *Please let Tara know if you're planning to go so we can arrange a carpool!

4TH ANNUAL SPEAR CONFERENCE - Toward Abolition: Dismantling the Carceral State
Friday, April 14 - Saturday, April 15 @ Princeton

Opening plenary by Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Industrializing Punishment: Charting the Current Crisis in Racial Capitalism; Closing plenary by Alec Karakatsanis, Civil Rights Corps
From the SPEAR Conference site: This spring, our conference aims to explore prison abolition, decarceration, and alternatives to incarceration such as restorative justice. In particular, we want to examine in close detail the array of ways in which prison abolition is imagined and how the notion of abolition interacts with and is driven by particular identities. We will be collaborating with various student groups at Princeton to bring a diverse array of speakers and panelists to campus, creating a space at Princeton for conference participants to create and share in a vision of decarceration and decriminalization.

SAVE THE DATE: Prison & the Academy
Thursday, April 27 @ Princeton (time & specific location TBA)
Stay tuned for details!

Thursday, May 11 - Rutgers University, Newark
From the website: "Telling Untold Histories" is New Jersey's annual un-conference that looks for human stories yet to be told, explores these histories, and asks why some stories remain untold. How can the community members who lived these histories shape how museums, historic sites, libraries, and schools tell them in the future? You can check out last year's un-conference proceedings on the website, too!

Update from Princeton Private Prison Divest (PPPD)
"The University has officially rejected a proposal to divest from 11 companies operating or exclusively contracting with immigrant detention centers and private prisons, and will be publicly announcing this decision on Monday at the CPUC meeting. This is after 89% of undergrads, 85% of grad students, and 177 faculty members voted in support of divestment. If you can make it please come at 4:00 (or any time later) to Friend 101 and help us show that the community stands united! We truly believe that we have a real chance here to eventually force divestment but it's quickly slipping away. It is critical that we show up in large numbers."
Divestment website here:
Facebook event here:

Undergraduate Fellowship in Criminal Justice Still Available!
The Petey Greene Program and Pace are still looking for a Puttkammer Fellow in Criminal Justice for the 2017/18 year. The program is open to seniors graduating in 2017 and offers a two-year paid position with the Petey Greene Program in one of their regional field offices. Though the initial deadline passed in January, they are still looking for excellent candidates!


I hope PTI Matters will continue to grow and be ever more useful to our teachers and friends. Please feel free to email your news blurbs and other suggestions to so we can highlight them here!

More Resources

CFM: Consider submitting a manuscript to an upcoming special volume of Critical Education, entitled Radical Departures: Ruminations on the Purposes of Higher Education in Prison. Submissions are due May 1!

BLOG: Check out Brett Diehl's ('15) new blog, Carceral Complex - it's full of interesting articles and commentaries, many of them from proud Princeton alumni!

REPORT: "Improving Upon Corrections in New Jersey to Reduce Recidivism and Promote a Successful Reintegration" (NJ Reentry Corporation, Feb. 2017)

REPORT: "Highlights from the U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults: Their Skills, Work Experience, Education, and Training" (National Center for Education Statistics, Nov. 2016)

BOOK: Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Distinguished Fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative has published Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison.

Happy Chocolate-Covered Raisins Day!

I'm really sorry if you're allergic to/intolerant of either chocolate or raisins. We'll pretend this day didn't happen. Otherwise, go get some Raisinets!

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