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Ja'nell Ajani Hosts SXSW EDU Panel on "Prisons as a Learning Space"

Tue, March 12, 2019
Ja'nell Ajani Hosts SXSW EDU Panel on
Ja'nell Ajani Photographed by Jamel Shabazz

This past Wednesday, March 6th, as part of SXSW EDU 2019, AMS PhD student Ja'nell Ajani hosted a panel of academics, artists, and educators entitled "Imagination & Ingenuity: Prison as a Learning Space." The panel explored "prisons as a learning space for imagination and ingenuity," and featured a screening of "Fishing," a short animated film by Dr. Michael Ralph (NYU, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis) "capturing the ingenuity of people who are incarcerated."  In addition to Ajani and Ralph, the panel featured Dr. Brandi Summers (VCU, Department of African American Studies) and Osborne Foundation mentor Moses "El Sun" White as discussants.   

You can watch a video of Ajani's post-panel interview with UT-Austin's Kendall Slagle at SXSW EDU here

Ajani is an Advisory Board Member for SXSW EDU. 

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