Citizenship Initiative News and Events

 

  

Why So Many Prisons?

Incarceration rates have more than tripled over the last 30 years, in part because of stiffer drug sentencing laws. By 2008 the United States, which makes up less than five percent of the world’s population, held almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. Nonviolent offenders make up more than 60 percent of the nation’s 2.3 million prisoners, with nonviolent drug offenders accounting for one quarter of that population. On Thursday, October 9, the C&C Initiative hosted a packed panel discussion on prison overpopulation and politics in the United States.

Panelists included (L-R): CnC Director Christopher McKnight Nichols (moderating), OSU Prof. Brett Burkhardt, Teressa Raiford, lead organizer for Oregon's most active #BlackLivesMatter movement 'Don't Shoot PDX' and OSU Prof. Michelle Inderbitzin. Click here to see more pictures from the event on our Flickr page. Photographs were taken by the SHPR photographer Mina Carson. There was also a great post-event write-up in the Daily Barometer.

A World at War, a State Transformed

On Wednesday, August 5, OSU friends had the chance to hear from Oregon State history professor Dr. Christopher Nichols, an expert on U.S. history and foreign relations who was recently elected to life membership on the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, and a chance to enjoy an exclusive opportunity to explore the exhibit "World War II: A World at War, a State Transformed," which includes artifacts and manuscripts from the premier Mark Family Collection at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland.

Oregon State University President Ed Ray, College of Liberal Arts Dean Rogers, and School of History, Philosophy, and Religion Director Ben Mutschler were all on hand for the event. Click here to see more pictures from the event on our Flickr page. Photographs were taken by the OHS photographer Hannah O’Leary.