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We have finally passed the mid-point of the semester!

And while we do love to teach, I'm sure we're also relieved to see that light allllllllll the way at the end of the tunnel :)

JOIN THE CST DESIGN CHALLENGE!
The Council on Science and Technology and the Mass Story Lab at PU are joining forces (with quite a few other partners) to rethink mass incarceration with a month-long Design Challenge. They aim "to challenge participants to think critically about mass incarceration, to learn, research and design methodologies to assist them in addressing the issues, long-term implications and solutions and create works that challenge our perception of mass incarceration." Find out more at the upcoming info session, Tuesday, April 4, 2:30-3:30pm in Fine Hall B-28. The session will be followed by a screening of 13th, Ava DuVernay's chilling documentary about the 13th Amendment.

 
COMING ATTRACTIONS
4TH ANNUAL PRISONER REENTRY CONFERENCE
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!

TELLING UNTOLD HISTORIES
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!

 
NOTEWORTHY NEWS
GOOD NEWS FROM THE MCGRAW CENTER
The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning has been a good partner to PTI, so we'd like to give them a pat on the back and highlight the valuable work they're doing on campus. Check out this article in The Daily Princetonian!

TO-DO LIST
NOTHING NEW THIS WEEK!

CONTRIBUTE YOUR IDEAS!
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 tronda@princeton.edu so we can highlight them here!

More Resources

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: The Right of Return USA Fellowship (a fellowship for formerly incarcerated artists) is funded by Open Philanthropy. The first cohort will include five artists with diverse backgrounds who will each receive a $10,000 prize, plus $10,000 for materials and production. Please tell any formerly incarcerated artists you know - the deadline is April 21, 2017!

EVENT: Anyone up for a trip to the Bronx? If so, Hostos Community College (part of the CUNY system) is hosting "Diversity in the STEM Field: Formerly Incarcerated STEM Panel & Discussion" on April 5 from 3 to 5pm (500 Grand Concourse, Bronx; Room B-501).

ARTICLE: "Critiquing Critical Pedagogies Inside the Prison Classroom: A Dialogue between Student and Teacher," by Erin L. Castro and Michael Brawn, in Harvard Educational Review, Spring 2017, 87(1), pp. 99-121.

Happy Bunsen Burner Day!

To all our lab-focused STEM instructors, Happy Bunsen Burner Day! I didn't know it was a thing, but now that I do, we shall celebrate it every year!

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