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Friday, June 14 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Unpacking Oppression and Privilege in a Carceral Classroom LIMITED

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Program Description: This workshop application will explore the successes and failures of unpacking oppression and privilege in a carceral classroom setting. 

Abstract: In our workshop application, the "free-world" students who participated in a higher education program in a women's prison will present on the ways in which a pedagogy of the oppressed were successfully used to move us towards a liberatory classroom setting, albeit limited by the carceral context. Additionally, we will explore how the tangible social and material differences among "free-world" students and incarcerated students pose roadblocks to a liberatory educational praxis. We will attempt to represent our incarcerated peers to the best of our ability, and under their guidance and direction. This workshop will be a collaboration between free-world and incarcerated students, and will involve a short presentation on the program, interactive theatre exercises, spoken word pieces, and discussion questions for the audience. 

Challenging Questions
1. How can a pedagogy of the oppressed support incarcerated people?
2. How useful is such a pedagogy within a carceral classroom in which half of the room will remain in the world's largest caging system for years (or, in some cases, their natural lives)?
3. How do we explore injustices in a productive way among a disenfranchised population? 


Dr. Colleen Hackett

Colorado State University - Pueblo
I am a scholar activist and have participated in two previous PTO conferences (Omaha, NE and Chicago, IL). My research and activism occur within carceral spaces - specifically, I work with incarcerated women and study the gendered effects of human caging systems. Most recently I have... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm MDT
Serena 207 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA