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GW-254003-17

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark (Newark, NJ 07104-3010)
Liz Sevcenko (Project Director: August 2016 to present)
Facilitating Community Conversations on Crime and Punishment

A series of community dialogues across the country on the history and impact of incarceration and policing, centered on a traveling exhibition, a web platform, and public programs.

The Humanities Action Lab, a consortium of 20 universities working with issue organizations and public spaces, requests funds to facilitate humanities-centered community conversations in 8 communities on the past, present, and future of incarceration and policing. Conversations will build on HAL’s nationally traveling exhibit, States of Incarceration, created by students and people directly affected by incarceration in 20 communities by: 1) bringing the exhibit to each community that created it, as a common experience and catalyst for conversations; 2) supporting community-created companion exhibits that further explore local histories; 3) hosting Mass Stories: public dialogue events that use local storytelling to inspire national creative visioning; and 4) linking local dialogues into national conversation, using the project’s digital media platforms and a Position in the Public Humanities who will travel to each of the communities.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Social Sciences, General; U.S. History

Program:
Community Conversations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$310,000 (approved)
$310,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 6/30/2019


LD-234328-16

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

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Social Sciences, General; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities in the Public Square

Division:
Public Programs

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

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 8/31/2017