Study Day | Captive Bodies: Visualizing Liberty and Justice after 1750 in Great Britain

Event time: 
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm

This program will contextualize present-day debates about prison reform in the US within the historical roots of the British penal system as developments in prison architecture, surveillance, and jurisprudence in the US were adapted from UK precedents. An interdisciplinary group of scholars will investigate the manifestations of justice and injustice from legal, historical, artistic, architectural, and activist perspectives.

Registration is preferred but not required: sign up online

Schedule of events:
Introduction and opening remarks, 1:30–1:45 pm
Overview of the Captive Bodies exhibition, Courtney Long, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Art Collections, Yale Center for British Art
Panel Discussion | Education, Reform, and Teaching in Prison, 1:45–3 pm
  • The Prison as a Bastion of Liberal Learning, Peter Wicks, Director, Program in Ethics, Finance, and Economics and Research Fellow, Elm Institute
  • Reflections on Teaching in and about Prisons, Lauren Boasso, Lecturer and Internship Coordinator, Department of English, University of New Haven
  • Killing the [I] in Prison, Randall Horton, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of New Haven 
  • The Impact of 20 College Courses in Prison, James Jeter, Tow Foundation Fellow, Yale Prison Education Initiative 
  • Yale and Prison Education: dispatches from the first classes of the Yale Prison Education Initiative, Zelda Roland, Director, Yale Prison Education Initiative
Break with coffee, Entrance Court, 3–3:15 pm
Keynote address by Judith Resnik, 3:15–4:15 pm
Prisoners Out of and in Court: Invisibility, Injustice, and Representation 
Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the co-author of Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms. For her Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, she is working on a book entitled Impermissible Punishments.  
Closing discussion, 4:15–4:45 pm
Lecture Hall
Space is limited
(This venue is wheelchair accessible)
Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public
Related exhibition: 
Captive Bodies: British Prisons, 1750–1900