The Center for Justice at Columbia University and The Confined Arts present From the Inside Out: The Power of Language to Incarcerate, a one-day justice conference in New York City that will meet and resist linguistic methods of dehumanization, which foster implicit and explicit biases about people in the criminal justice system. The mission of the conference is to explore the attachment of labels used to describe individuals with justice system contact, which are coupled with negative imagery, and provide re-humanizing counter narratives using the power of storytelling to highlight true-lived experiences. More specifically, the audience will engage with stigmatized labels coupled with (mis)representative imagery and be given a historical context of how labels foster misconceptions about incarceration and the people that are incarcerated.
We are now accepting applications for:
Break-Out Session Facilitator: We are looking for individuals to engage with and promote discussion amongst conference participants on the negative impact of labels and marginalization.
Organizational Information Blitz Facilitator: We are looking for individuals to share information about their social justice work and discuss how they believe labels negatively or positively impact that work.
Spoken Pen Performing Artist: We are looking for performing artists to perform “Spoken Word”, a creative writing project produced by four condemned prisoners from the State of Arkansas.