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Friday, April 5th Kick Off 7:00-9:30 pm (Doors open at 6pm)
The Kick Off Event featuring Angela Davis, Marc Lamont Hill & Soffiyah Elijah begins at 7:00pm with doors opening at 6pm. Please bring your confirmation either printed out or accesible in your smart phone.
Saturday, April 6th Panels and Workshops 10 am- 5:30 pm
For more information about the panels and workshops please copy and paste the link below.
Sunday, April 7th Student Group Summit 1:00 - 4:00pm
The Student Summit is sold out, however if you are a student leader working around criminal justice issues and you would like to attend the summit, please email us at criminaljusticecaucus@gmail.comThis is a student-only event, please do not register if you are not a student. The Student Group Summit is an exploratory meeting for student organizations across New York City to discuss the formation of a city-wide student coalition around criminal justice issues. This initiative hopes to bring groups together to collaborate and organize collectively around mass incarceration and related criminal justice issues.

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Beyond the Bars: Moving Forward is the third annual interdisciplinary criminal justice conference brought to you by The Criminal Justice Caucus and The Criminal Justice Initiative at Columbia University School of Social Work in collaboration with students, faculty and community members from across New York City. 

The goal of the Beyond the Bars conference is to raise consciousness about current ideas and effort about ending mass incarceration and its consequences.  The hope of the conference is bring together the community and the university to engage people in moving forward beyond the bars. 

The conference kicks off Friday night with featured speakers Angela Davis, Marc Lamont Hill and Soffiyah Elijah with special guest performers throughout the night.  Saturday the conference continues with panels and workshops beginning at 10am (doors open at 9am) and continuing throughout the day until 5:30pm.


The conference will conclude on Sunday afternoon with an event specifically for student groups across NYC working around criminal justice issues.  The student group summit will be an exploratory meeting for student groups across the city to come together to discuss the possibility of forming a city wide student initiative.  


Friday night's Kick Off Location: Lerner Hall at Columbia University (enter from the Broadway entrance)
2920 Broadway 
New York, NY 10027 

Saturday's Panels and Workshops Location: Columbia University School of Social Work 
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Sunday's Student Group Summit Location: Columbia University School of Social Work 
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

If you have any questions or would like more information about the conference please email the organizers at:



Have questions about Beyond the Bars: Moving Forward? Contact The Criminal Justice Caucus & The Criminal Justice Initiative


Columbia University


The Criminal Justice Caucus & The Criminal Justice Initiative

Sponsors and Support for Beyond the Bars comes from the Columbia University office of the University Chaplain, The president’s and Provost’s Fund, The Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith awareness, The CUSSW Professional Development and Self Awareness Caucus Grant, The CUSSW Student Union Executive Board, CUSSW Latin@ Caucus, CUSSW Men’s caucus, CUSSW Social Policy Caucus, CUSSW AGE Caucus, CUSSW Feminist Caucus, CUSSW SEA Caucus, CUSSW Social Work Arts Group, The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity, The ICCCR/TEachers College-Fortune Academy Participatory Action Research & The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow

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