Building publics 2022: unguarded: art and restorative justice

Building Publics 2022: Unguarded: Art and Restorative Justice

Building Publics showcases how our Public Humanities Graduate Fellows bridge humanistic thinking with civic engagement and social justice, scholarly research with public building and communication in order to unleash new, more critical modes of scholarly imaginations.


Adam Horn, Public Humanities Graduate Fellow and JD Candidate

Simonetta d’Italia-Wiener, Director of Unguarded: A revolutionary prison system

Denio Marx Menezes, Director of International Relations, APAC (Association for the Protection and Assistance of Convicts)

Donovan Harris, Reentry Program Coordinator, South Street Ministries

Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Fellow, Columbia Justice Lab

  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.

Unguarded is a documentary film offering an intimate look at daily life inside an alternative, rehabilitative prison system based in Brazil. The film’s director, Simonetta d’Italia-Wiener, will present the documentary, currently showing on PBS, followed by a discussion of the questions it raises and possibilities it offers. Denio Marx Menezes, the Director of International Relations for the nonprofit organization responsible for the prison system, will provide further insight into the project and its goals. Prison re-entry program leader Donovan Harris will discuss his experiences in and with the American prison system in relation to the film, and his own developing memoir project which describes those experiences. Through exploring possibilities in prison reform and restorative justice, the panel will ask how the arts can challenge us to more vividly imagine the experience of incarceration, and to follow through on the implications of that imagining.


Apr 27 2022


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)





Columbia University - Heyman Center for the Humanities
(212) 854-8443

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