The 15th Annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns:

The Role of the University in the Era of Mass Incarceration
October 14-15, 2016

With 2.25 million citizens behind bars, America incarcerates more people than any other country. The social and financial impact of this policy are spiraling out of control. For this year’s Shasha Seminar we will convene experts from across the country to examine the University’s role in this seemingly intractable problem and discuss paths forward.

Featured speakers:

Michael Romano '94

Michael Romano(Wes ‘94), Director and Co-founder of Stanford Justice Advocacy Project

Ellen LagemannEllen Condliffe Lagemann, distinguished fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative and former Dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education

Jody Lewen

Jody Lewen,(Wes ‘86), Director of the Prison University Project

Vivian Nixon

Vivian Nixon, Executive Director of the College and Community Fellowship

Craig Wilder

Craig Steven Wilder, MIT history professor and fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative

Chyrell Bellamy

Chyrell Bellamy, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University


Scott Semple, Commissioner of Connecticut Department of Corrections

Mike Lawlor

Mike Lawlor, Connecticut State Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning

Greg Berman '89

Greg Berman (Wes ’89), Co-founder and Director, Center for Court Innovation

Getting to Wesleyan


Hotel rooms have been reserved at the following locations. To receive the special event rate, please use the reference “Shasha” when booking your rooms:

The Inn at Middletown
70 Main Street
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
(860) 854-6300

Friday $185/night

Radisson Hotel Cromwell
100 Berlin Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 635-2000

Friday and Saturday $104/night available until September 14th


The Shasha Seminar is an educational forum for Wesleyan alumni, parents, and friends that provides an opportunity to explore issues of global concern in a small seminar environment. Endowed by James Shasha ’50, P’82, the Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns supports lifelong learning and encourages participants to expand their knowledge and perspectives on significant issues.