Professional Development Initiative

Please join the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship (RIC) as we embark on a new project aimed at professional development for JHU PhD students, assisting with career planning beyond traditional academic employment. Funded by a grant from the Provost’s Professional Development Innovation Initiative, RIC is inaugurating a set of workshops over the next two years about careers in reform of the criminal punishment system, broadly construed. These workshops will feature a number of speakers with graduate training in humanities/social sciences who are working on alternatives to mass incarceration in the United States. These workshops will allow JHU PhD students to learn about several different types of organizations and how they might use their doctoral training in this sphere, as well to network with leaders in this area. These workshops will be led by JHU faculty Nathan Connolly (History), Stuart Schrader (Sociology), Christy Thornton (Sociology), and Vesla Weaver (Political Science & Sociology).

The first workshop will be a discussion about education in prison, featuring three speakers who work on college in prison, Jessica Neptune (Bard Prison Initiative), Kaitlin Noss (NYU Prison Education Program), and Amy Roza (Goucher Prison Education Partnership).

This workshop will take place from 4pm to 5:30pm via Zoom on Thursday, October 22. Graduate students from across JHU schools are welcome to attend. Please register here. You will receive the Zoom link in advance.

This workshop, which is open only to JHU students and faculty, will then be followed immediately by a public-facing panel on “The Future of Education in Prison” from 6pm to 7:30pm via Zoom also on Thursday, October 22, moderated by Dr. Vesla Weaver. Public registration here. You will receive the Zoom link in advance.

The public panel, “The Future of Education in Prison,” will feature Jessica Neptune (Bard Prison Initiative), Kaitlin Noss (NYU Prison Education Program), and Amy Roza (Goucher Prison Education Partnership), speaking about current trends in education in prison. The speakers will outline how their organizations operate, including the different types of education in prison and various roles that educators play, and detail some of their recent experiences. They will also explain how college and graduate students can become involved in education in prison.

RIC Education in Prison poster