Visualizing Justice

about the conference

Our theme of "Visualizing Justice" is broadly defined. We seek to bring scholars of literature, law, cultural studies and other related disciplines into conversation at this two-day event.

The panel sessions and special events will include:

Friday, October 27, 2017

7:00 p.m. – Keynote Address: Desmond Manderson
8:30 p.m. – Opening Reception

Saturday October 28, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 a.m – Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. – Welcome from the President
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Morning Sessions
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. – Featured Speaker: Peter Brooks
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Afternoon Sessions
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. – Closing Reception




about john jay

John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a community of motivated and intellectually committed individuals who explore justice in its many dimensions. The College’s liberal arts curriculum equips students to pursue advanced study and meaningful, rewarding careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Our professional programs introduce students to foundational and newly emerging fields and prepare them for advancement within their chosen professions. 

Our students are eager to engage in original research and experiential learning, excited to study in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, and passionate about shaping the future. Through their studies our students prepare for ethical leadership, global citizenship, and engaged service. Our faculty members are exceptional teachers who encourage students to join them in pursuing transformative scholarship and creative activities. Through their research our faculty advances knowledge and informs professional practices that build and sustain just societies.  

We foster an inclusive and diverse community drawn from our city, our country, and the world. We are dedicated to educating traditionally underrepresented groups and committed to increasing diversity in the workforce. The breadth of our community motivates us to question our assumptions, to consider multiple perspectives, to think critically, and to develop the humility that comes with global understanding. We educate fierce advocates for justice.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice was born in the mid-1950s. The catalyst for the school came from growing concerns on the part of civic leaders and the New York City Police Department over increased complexity of police work in the administration and operation of the department, and the ongoing relations between police and the community.


South Hall Building

In response, a Police Science Program was established in 1954 at the then Baruch School of Business and Public Administration of City College.  This program emphasized a strong liberal arts curriculum as the basis of a sound police education. Over the next decade, the program grew substantially, attracting large numbers of students. 

In 1964, a committee convened by the Board of Higher Education recommended the establishment of an independent, degree-granting school of police science. The College of Police Science (COPS) of the City University of New York was subsequently founded and admitted its first class in September 1965. Within a year, the school was renamed John Jay College of Criminal Justice to reflect broader education objectives in criminal justice, development of leadership and emphasis on professional achievement in public service

The school's namesake, John Jay, was the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and one of the founding fathers of the United States. Jay was a native of New York City and served as governor of New York State.

Today, John Jay is one of the nation’s premier criminal justice and liberal arts institutions. The college brings together Pulitzer Prize-winning faculty and undergraduate/graduate students in diverse liberal arts disciplines to engage with issues of justice and diversity.