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Carceral Institutions and Sustainable Alternatives

October 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

We are pleased to invite you to an interdisciplinary panel on carceral institutions with this year’s Hagey Lecturer Professor Nalini Nadkarni. Professor Nadkarni’s research interests range from ecosystem ecology and the partnering of scientists and artists to enhance conservation, to science education for the incarcerated.

 About the panel

The topic of the panel discussion focuses on the roles of prisons and immigration detention centres from interdisciplinary views. Carceral institutions, as forms of punishment or confinement for many groups of people around the world, can be approached from various perspectives that draw from autobiographical, artistic, criminological, historical, legal, and scientific forms of knowledge. There are many people involved in carceral institutions, such as rights groups and those who seek to better confinement by providing literacy, education, counselling, religious support, and other services and by stimulating other ways of thinking. The panel will foster dialogue about incarceration and its consequences, as well as advocacy and sustainable alternatives.

ModeratorSuzan Ilcan, Professor & University Research Chair, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies


Professor Nalini Nadkarni, Department of Biology, University of Utah
Kate Motluk, PhD Student in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs
Carlie Leroux-Demir, Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, St Jerome’s University
Pooneh Torabian, Lecturer, Department of Tourism, University of Otago
Sarah Turnbull, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo

This event is co-hosted by the Balsillie School and the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo.


Waterloo’s premier invitational public lecture series since 1970, the Hagey Lectures – named after the university’s first president – are co-sponsored by the Faculty Association and the University of Waterloo. 

The annual lectures are intended to challenge, stimulate and enrich not only the faculty, staff and students of the University, but all members of this community.



October 6, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm


Room 131
67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 6C2 Canada
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