Friday, August 21, 2015



Midlo Center fpr New Orleans Studies logoThe Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies and the UNO Department of History are sponsoring a series of public events this fall in conjunction with the national public history project known as "Global Dialogues on Incarceration." The project is coordinated by the New School's Humanities Action Lab (HAL) in New York City. The University of New Orleans joins twenty partner schools around the country teaching courses dedicated to incarceration and its history, staging events with community partners and contributing to a national traveling exhibit.

"The U.S. incarcerates more people than any country in the world, and Louisiana incarcerates more people than any state in the U.S.," said Connie Zeanah Atkinson, associate professor of history at UNO and the Midlo Center's co-director. "With the emphasis on incarceration issues going on in Louisiana right now, I expect this series of events to generate great interest and make a meaningful contribution to the global dialogue."

While a series of related events will take place across the city, a number of distinguished speakers will visit the UNO campus:

Beyond these lectures, some UNO students will examine incarceration as part of their coursework and contribute to the "Global Dialogues on Incarceration" national traveling exhibit. UNO students enrolled in the course "Policing, Punishment, and Prisons in Local and Global Perspective," taught by visiting lecturer Benjamin Weber, will create and submit a final project to the national exhibit at the close of the fall 2015 semester. The exhibit will open in New York this spring and travel to New Orleans in 2017.

In addition to student coursework and lecture events, a number of other forums–both on and off the UNO campus–will examine incarceration through film, panel discussions and visual arts. Below is a complete listing of events associated with the "Global Dialogues on Incarceration." For more information, contact Ben Weber at