Prison Reform Symposium 2014 | St. Lawrence University Global Studies

Prison Reform Symposium 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 7:00pm to Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:00pm

Prison Reform Symposium 2014

Facilitating awareness and dialogue

Sponsored by:

SLU Amnesty International

African American Studies Department

SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Activists)

The Weave (

with support from the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery

and North Country Public Radio’s Prison Time

Please join us for several events dedicated to raising awareness and facilitating conversation between North Country students, faculty, and community members on issues such as the prison industrial complex, solitary confinement, and prison reform efforts across the United States. Through these events, we hope to foster a dialogue about northern New York’s role in these larger processes, which are often missing from mainstream news coverage.

Below is the list of events and brief descriptions.

All events take place at St. Lawrence University:

Tuesday March 18: Lecture by Five Omar Mualimm-ak

                   7pm, Griffiths Arts Center 123

Work by prison reform and social justice activist Five Omar Mualimm-ak is on display in the art gallery. Mualimm-ak spent 12 years in New York prisons and five in solitary confinement. He currently works with the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow and the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement as a community leader and prison reform activist.

Wednesday March 19: Flash Seminar with Five Omar Mualimm-ak

                   7pm, Global Dialogue Center (84 Park Street)

This informal gathering (with pizza!) will focus on Five’s role as an activist.

Tuesday March 25: Lecture by exhibition curator Phyllis Kornfeld

                                                7pm, Griffiths Arts Center 123

The artwork in Cellblock Visions was created by individuals incarcerated in American jails and prisons from coast to coast, serving anywhere from six months, to life without parole, to awaiting execution.

Thursday March 27: Gallery Prison Slam: Brush Art Gallery 6pm

Open expression and reaction multi-media eventRefreshments will be served

Come share your thoughts, ask a question, share a poem, letter, experience, hopes, fears or frustration.

Let’s create a safe inclusive space for conversation and expression.

Additional events are still in the planning stages…stay tuned!