Voices On Campus
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Voices On Campus

Prisoner Albert Woodfox, held in solitary confinement for more than 43 years. Mural by Brandan “Bmike” Odums, photo by courtesy Brandan Odums.

Teaching histories of race and incarceration in the prison capital of the world

Photo of Richard Ross’ Juvenile in Justice exhibit, Creative Alliance of New Orleans Gallery

Indeed, the deep-seated assumption that “bad people deserve to be locked up” is disturbingly durable.

Photo of a commemoration by the author, fall 2015
Dashcam Footage of Sandra Bland’s Arrest during a Traffic Stop

Contemporary social movements, like Black Lives Matter, are tirelessly working to create urgency around these issues. For people in prison, time is also of the essence.

People most directly affected by an issue have the greatest insight into it.

Mac Phipps, portrait by his mother, Sheila Phipps, 2010, photo courtesy of the artist

While some white students worry about saying the wrong thing, many people of color worry about their safety, about being shot by the police, or wrongfully incarcerated.

Students in History 4991/5991 “Policing and Prisons in Local and Global Perspective,” fall 2015



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Benjamin Weber

Benjamin D. Weber is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow