College to Host 2011 Justice Studies Assocation Conference

Release Date: Monday, June 6, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Justice Studies Association will hold its 13th conference, “Unlocking the Prisons of our Lives” from June 9-11 on the Sugarloaf campus. More information on the conference can be found at

This national interdisciplinary conference focuses on understanding prison – as constraints imposed on youth, immigrants, minorities, convicted offenders, crime victims, nonhuman animals, environments, ourselves and our ways of thinking. The conference will feature research, experiences, activism, teaching, and reflections on the “prisons” that impede justice and the “unlocking” that might restore people and communities.

During the conference, the Justice Studies Association will also award the 2011 JSA Social Activist award to Lori Pompa, founder and director of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, and the 2011 JSA Noam Chomsky award to Kathy Kelly, pacifist and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

2011 Social Activist award winner Lori Pompa is on the faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University, and is the founder and director of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Established in 1997, Inside-Out creates opportunities for dialogue between those outside and those inside of our nation’s correctional facilities. Since the program’s inception, Pompa has brought in excess of 10,000 students into state prisons and county jails and trained over100 hundred professors across 90 colleges and 33 states to participate in Inside-Out. The result of the program is that students learn from each other about such topics as Dostoevsky and economics, they also learn from each other in a way that cannot be created in a formal university setting.

2011 Chomsky award winner Kathy Kelly is the co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-violence (VCR) which is continuing the mission of its predecessor organization, Voices in the Wilderness, a peace group that highlighted the suffering of Iraqi civilians during the U.N. imposed economic sanctions in the 1990’s. In recent years, VCR has led four delegations to Afghanistan and two to Pakistan to listen and learn from nonviolent grassroots movements and to raise awareness about the negative impacts of U.S. militarism in the region. Kelly has been arrested more than 60 times at home and abroad for her tireless dedication to peace and social justice. Nominated several times for the Nobel Prize in Peace and a member of the Catholic Worker Movement, her life is dedicated to peace and simplicity.

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