Public Workshop: Human Rights, Ecology, and Prison Reform

October 29, 2015

NewKnowledge kicking back after a successful workshop with Phil Surles in the background

NewKnowledge kicking back after a successful workshop with Phil Surles in the background

On October 27, 2015, NewKnowledge teamed up with Hidden in Plain Sight (HiPS), a New York City-based organization committed to fostering dialogue between anthropologists and the non-academic world. HiPS hosted a public Meet-Up event and invited NewKnowledge to showcase the way transdisciplinary conversations unfold in our offices. We workshopped a project idea for using ecology and conservation job training as one method to reform the US prison system. We saw a great turnout of thoughtful and passionate people from many disciplines: sociology, human rights, political science, and anthropology. Together, we debated the possibilities and challenges of ideas for prison reform, building job skills, how to benefit both conservation industries and prison systems, and healing communities that are deeply affected by mass incarceration. We thank everyone, especially HiPS, for an invigorating evening!