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Arrupe Week 2017: Mass Incarceration



Breakout Speakers   +   Curricular Resources   +   Soundtrack +   Art Installation: The Cell


Arrupe Week 2017 will explore Mass Incarceration in the United States.  The incarceration rate in the United States is currently the highest of any country in the world, encompassing about 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population.  The prison and jail populations of the United States are also overwhelmingly African-American.  

Mission Statement: Arrupe 2017 will focus on this issue because we believe that we have an obligation to those who live in, but are excluded from, our society.  We hope to humanize and change social attitudes towards imprisoned individuals in our nation, illuminate the policies behind our incarceration epidemic, and raise awareness of the wide breadth of suffering related to the reality of mass incarceration.  As a result of this week, we hope to move away from the politics of fear, and strive to live out Jesus' Gospel of Love at Saint Peter's Prep.  This theme will help us to further reflect on the theme of the 2016-17 school year, "A Place At the Table."

Arrupe 2017 will be held the week of March 20, 2017.  Please check out our list of Curricular Resources related to the topic, and the full menu of presentations for our Day of Breakouts on Friday, March 24.  A full schedule of events will be made available closer to the date.

Keynote: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D.

Photo Credit: Kimono Photography

Saint Peter's Prep is proud to host Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D., as our 2017 Arrupe keynote speaker.  On the morning of Monday, March 20, Dr. Muhammad will break open the theme of mass incarceration, and officially kick off Arrupe Week 2017.

Dr. Muhammad is one of the nation's leading scholars on racial criminalization and its history.  He is a professor of history, race, and public policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and previously served as the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library, and a visiting professor of history at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Dr. Muhammad holds a doctorate in American history from Rutgers University, specializing in 20th Century United States and African-American history, and has received honorary doctorates from the New School (2013) and Bloomfield College (2014).  His articles and scholarship have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, among many other publications, and he has been featured on NPR, C-SPAN, and MSNBC.  His book The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard University Press, 2010) won the John Hope Franklin Best Book Award in American Studies.  Dr. Muhammad was recently featured as an interviewee in 13TH, Ava DuVernay's documentary on mass incarceration (now streaming on Netflix).  We are also especially proud to host Dr. Muhammad because he will be the first Prep parent ('18) to serve as an Arrupe keynote!

Arrupe Liturgy Homilist: Mr. Zachariah Presutti, S.J.



Zachariah F. Presutti, SJ, LMSW is a Jesuit of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus. He currently serves as the founder and Executive Director of Thrive for Life Prison Project in NYC. Thrive for Life offers services and resources to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and men in six correctional facilities in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Presutti will give the homily at our Arrupe Liturgy on March 24, 2017. Our own Fr. Robert O'Hare, S.J., of the Math Department will preside.