Participatory Action Research and Race Part 2: Challenging Over-Incarceration

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Room 9-451

Presented by Cory Greene, PhD Student, City University of New York, Public Science Project

Cory Greened is a formerly incarcerated PhD student at the Graduate Center of CUNY where he works closely with the Public Science Project.  The Public Science Project engages in Critical Participatory Action Research (CPAR), a theoretical, epistemological, and ethical commitment of accountability to those most closely related to, and affected by, the issue(s) under study.  CPAR assumes new knowledge is produced when academic and non-academic researchers collaborate and share experterise in every stage of the research process - from research design to presentation of findinds.  Cory will present on his experiences as a researcher/student/activist on multiple CPAR projects that sit at the intersection of race, class, education and the criminal punishment system.  He will discuss his relationships to the communities he collaborates with, and how they co-create knowledge.  Come prepared to ask questions and learn about the way different PAR methods can advance social justice.


MIT CoLab invites you to a weekly Participatory Action Research (PAR) speaker series on Thursday from October 15th - November 19th, 2015 from 5:00-6:30 PM in Room 9-451.  These talks are free and open to the public. 

PAR is a collaborative approach to inquiry, scholarship, and social justice in which the boundaries between "subjects" and "researchers" are blurred.  The subjects are no longer objects and become partners in the research process, which includes selection of the research topic, data collection and analysis, as well as decision-making about what action should happen as a result of the research findings.  Since PAR values situated knowledge and lived experience, innovation research methods outside the standard scientific framework are crucial to obtaining and analyzing information.  

In this series, we will explore how different individuals and organizations are practicing elements of participatory action research in their work to fight for labor rights, promote economic democracy, and organize against racial discrimination in the United States and abroad.  Futhermore, we will learn about creative methods to capture and disseminate knowledge with the aim of advancing social justice.