Philosophy and Mass Incarceration Conference

The Yale Department of Philosophy will host a  conference on Philosophy and Mass Incarceration from Friday, February 24, 2017 thru Sunday, February 26, 2017.  Please see the schedule for the panels and speakers.


Yale University
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium
53 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Live Streaming: 

We will have live streaming on Yale’s YouTube channel for the  Friday and Saturday sessions.  Please feel free to share this information and enjoy what will be a fantastic event!


We are thrilled that there has been so much interest in this conference, and we are very sorry that we will not be able to accommodate everyone who would like to attend in person.  As we are over capacity, registration is closed, and there is no waitlist.  Only registrants will be admitted to the conference.  Please have either electronic or paper versions of your tickets with you to gain admittance to the conference.  We will be livestreaming into an overflow room (Room 208).  Please note that we will also be recording the conference.  Further announcements regarding the recordings will be posted here.


The Conference is free and open to the public, but we are requiring all attendees to register for the conference, due to the strong level of interest, and registration is now closed.  The conference brings together an esteemed group of scholars and the formerly incarcerated to explore what the discipline of philosophy can say about the perplexities of mass incarceration.  

The Conference is Co-Sponsored by The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School, The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund at Yale University, the Whitney Humanities Center, The Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Deputy Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development at Yale University, the LGBT Studies Program at Yale University, and the Wallace-Sexton Fund for LGBT Studies at Yale University.

The Conference is Co-Organized by Reginald Dwayne Betts (Yale Law School), Lori Gruen (Wesleyan), and Jason Stanley (Yale).  

Topics of discussion include:  Philosophy of Mass Incarceration:  What and Why?;  Boundaries of Permissibility;  Carceral Space;  Justice in the Age of Extraction; Prison Education as Transformative Experience;  Prison Abolition;  and Rhetoric, Propaganda, and Ideology.  

Speakers include:  Kristen Bell, Alisa Bierria, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Milton S.F. Curry, Kristie Dotson, Lewis Gordon, Craig Gore, Lori Gruen, Lisa Guenther, Sally Haslanger, Brady Heiner, Kristen Inglis, Joy James, Allegra McLeod, Christia Mercer, Donna Murch, L.A. Paul, Andrea Pitts, Judith Resnik, Tommie Shelby, and Jason Stanley.

We are committed to accessibility.  The Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium is wheelchair accessible.  Please forward all disability accommodation requests to the Conference Assistants, Sarah Braasch and / or Yuan Yuan, at and

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Conference Assistants, Sarah Braasch and Yuan Yuan.