Hope and Hopelessness in an Age of Mass Incarceration

Lori Gruen
Wesleyan University, Philosophy
Discipline(s): Philosophy
Syllabus Last Updated: 
August, 2016

This is an advanced course taught through the Center for the Humanities for interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary undergraduate students.

This interdisciplinary course, grounded on philosophical reflections on hope, respect, and exclusion, will critically explore the ethical, social, and political issues raised by mass incarceration. We will be particularly interested in whether and under what conditions hope is possible for those marginalized under the carceral system. We will be exploring both the structural questions that emerge under our massive system of incarceration and attend to the particular thoughts and experiences of those captive within it.