2019 Public Outreach Grants
- Christopher Medina-Kirchner (Graduate Student; Department of Psychology)
- The recipient of a 2018 Public Outreach Grant for a pilot program, the FIRST program included an additional round of five scholars in the 2019-2020 year.
- The program trained formerly incarcerated students to address social justice issues through interdisciplinary scientific research.
- FIRST Scholars attended seminars and workshops focused on specific topics related to science, social justice, and professional development.
- Together, students and their formerly incarcerated mentors collaborated and created community and a clear pathway to graduate school.
- Read the full article for more information about the FIRST Program.
- Scot McFarlane (Graduate Student; Department of History)
- Created a publicly accessible digital platform for mapping and narrating lived history along North American rivers.
- Maps are overlayed with archival documents, interviews, images, and timelines.
- The sources presented on this portal showed how scientific thought is not only influenced by any scientific, legal, or political community, but by the rivers themselves with their shifting sandbars.
- The website’s audience comes away with a better understanding of the ways in which science can empower activists along rivers and also the limitations of a scientific approach without political action and engagement.
- Working with the educational staff at Metropolitan Detention Center, the Center for New Narratives in Philosophy organized a series of mini-courses that are available to the men of MDC, regardless of educational background.
- Since February 2018, over 140 incarcerated men have attended the courses. Each class is a combination of serious ideas, Theatre of the Oppressed exercises, and skill development.
- Learn more at the Rethinking Justice website.