Social Justice Topic Series

JustPublics@365 Social Justice Topic Series

JustPublics@365 is proud to announce our social justice topic series, which will appear online October 2013 through March 2014.  The topics extend and deepen the work of the JustPublics@365 Summits, and include: 1) stop and frisk2) from punishment to public health; and 3) scholarly communication in the digital era.

In each series, we will feature leading academics, activists, and journalists who will share their research, experiences, and perspectives on a given topic. They will do this through blog posts, podcasts, and infographics on the JustPublics@365 website and social media channels. Each topic series will then be compiled into free downloadable e-books. We encourage individuals, community activists, academics and journalists, to use these e-books as a teaching, organizing or research tools.

Topic Series Schedule

Imagining New York City After Stop and Frisk
October 10th to November 10th 2013
On August 12th, 2013, the U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin found that the New York City Police Department had violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments in the way that they have conducted stop-and-frisks, thus ending a controversial policing experiment. This series will ask academics, activists, and journalists to reimagine New York City after the end of stop-and-frisk and to consider how civic engagement and greater democracy might be promoted for all residents.

From Punishment to Public Health
November 15th 2013 – January 26th 2014
Since at least the 1970s, the US response to drug use has been one that emphasized punishment as a policy response. The response to criminalize drug use may be giving way to a response more rooted in a public health approach to drug use.  In 2013, US Attorney General proposed moving away from mandatory minimum sentences for drugs. And, as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) – colloquially known as “Obamacare” – goes into effect, one estimate is that 32 million Americans will have new access to drug treatment programs. How are these policy changes transforming the lives of everyday Americans? Is the US ‘war on drugs’ over? Are public health approaches to the criminalization of drugs resisting or expanding control of citizens?  Through podcasts and blog posts, academics, activists and journalists will engage in conversations around the shift from punishment to public health.

Scholarly Communication in the Digital Era
 January 29th – March 31st 2014 
In the 20th century, scholars communicated with one another primarily through monographs, peer-reviewed journal articles, and academic conferences. Those forms of scholarly communication are now joined by new modes of digital expression that augment and occasional supplant earlier forms.  In this final topic series, we will explore changes in the modes and emphases of scholarly communication, the shift from journal-centric models to alternatives such as open access platforms, the growing use of social media in academia and the move towards other collaborative mediums that push institutional boundaries.