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Race, Mass Incarceration, and New Visions for Criminal Justice
Two screenings took place of Broken on All Sides, a documentary about mass incarceration and the intersection of race and poverty within the criminal justice system in Philadelphia. The project was prompted by the overcrowding of the Philadelphia county jail system and efforts to effect change. A discussion with Matt Pillischer, the film’s director, followed each screening.
Matthew Pillischer graduated in 2000 from Bennington College with a degree in filmmaking. In 2010, he graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law and is now a licensed attorney in PA and NJ. As a law student and now lawyer, he focuses on problems within the prison and criminal justice systems. He worked on a lawsuit against the Philadelphia Prison System for overcrowding conditions and also worked with the PA Institutional Law Project, advocating for prisoners’ rights.
MLK Celebration & Diversity Forum: Race and the Criminal Justice System
As part of this year’s annual MLK Celebration & Diversity Forum, the Emerson College School of Communication featured a panel of Boston community leaders discussing the topic of race and the criminal justice system.
Speakers included Boston Globe columnist Adrian Walker, Deputy Superintendent of Boston Police Marcus Eddings, political science professor and Director of the Emerson Prison Initiative Mneesha Gellman, and journalism professor Cheryl Jackson, who also served as moderator.
Teaching Inside: Faculty Panel on Teaching in the Emerson Prison Initiative
Mneesha Gellman, Cara Moyer-Duncan, and Keri Thompson joined together for a short conversation about what it means to teach for the Emerson Prison Initiative. Faculty briefly talked about their experiences teaching at MCI Concord and then opened to Q&A.
Emerson Prison Initiative Launch and Keynote Speaker: Craig Wilder
“The Permanence of Injustice: The Legacies of Residential Incarceration and Educational Segregation”
Craig Steven Wilder was the keynote speaker for the fall launch of the Emerson Prison Initiative (EPI). Wilder is Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Senior Fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative. Professor Wilder’s most recent book is “Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities”. He is also the author of “A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn”; and “In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City”. – Emerson College