Breaking Barriers: Humanities Discourse within Carceral Settings (Host Institution: Middlesex College)


ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grants




The Center for Justice-Impacted Students at Middlesex College provides access to higher educational programming centered on empowering humanities curriculum to justice-impacted youth. Our work falls under three interrelated modes of publicly engaged humanities: 1) engaged teaching, 2) engaged research, and 3) engaged public programming. Our project will repair the disruptions caused by the pandemic across two detention centers located in New Jersey through comprehensive humanities programming centered on an inside-out learning model. In turn, this will also revitalize interest in the humanities for current College students while bridging the gap between our campus members, including traditional college students, faculty members, and detained and incarcerated youth. The partners for this project include the residents currently detained in the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center and the residents currently detained in the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center.