Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 9-30-2017

Embargo Period


Event Date

September 30, 2017


MDOCS, Documentary, Storytelling, Event, Film, Screening, Gallery Talk, Mass Story Lab, States of Incarceration


COMMUNITY CONVERSATION, States of Incarceration Saturday, September 30

9 a.m.–noon MASS STORY LAB: What is a prison for? Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, second floor

Work alongside community members to collaborate on creative strategies to strengthen communities while improving our criminal justice system.

Hear from storytellers who have been personally impacted by mass incarceration, and are interested in rehabilitation. Following the stories, audience members will be invited to participate in an interactive design process where community leaders and members collaborate on creative strategies to strengthen communities while improving our criminal justice system.

Through facilitated dialogue, we will form connections to create healing, strengthen community, and increase civic engagement.

Click to sign up to participate in the dialogue or RSVP to

2 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Gallery Talk: Closing a Prison Deferring a Dream Payne Room, Tang Museum

Join Eric Morser (History Department) and student curators Deven Catalano, Meaghan McDonald and Isaac Selchaif of States of Incarceration for an introduction to the exhibition and their work on the impact of Mount McGregor’s Rehabilitation Program. The students will discuss how they became involved in the project, their efforts to reconstruct the history of Mount McGregor, the power of oral history to reveal the prison's hidden stories, and how they transformed a story of reform dreams into a museum exhibit.

3–5 p.m. SCREENING Rikers: An American Jail and Q&A with former Rikers cellmates Johnny Perez and Damian Stapleton Somers Room, Tang Museum

Rikers Island is New York City’s largest jail. It has also been ranked as one of the 10 worst jails in America. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Jail on any given day, almost 80 percent have not yet been tried. Rikers brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience. Produced by Schumann Media Center, Inc. and Brick City TV LLC, in association with Public Square Media, Inc., Executive Editor Bill Moyers. For more see Rikers: An American Jail. On May 19, 2017, Bill Moyers screened and discussed the film at the Commonwealth Club (California). Listen here to the conversation.

Reception follows the Q&A.