In a special event sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, Daniel Karpowitz will talk about his book, College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration. This book tells the story of the Bard Prison Initiative—a unique example of academic excellence achieved inside high-security prisons across New York State. The rigor of how students learn, and the careers they go on to pursue once released, force us to rethink our beliefs about who is in prison, reimagine the way forward out of mass incarceration, and renew our faith in the relevance of liberal learning.
Daniel Karpowitz is the director of policy and academics for the Bard Prison Initiative and lecturer in law and the humanities at Bard College and is the co-founder of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison. He is in Iowa City as part of The Role of Transformative Education in Successful Reentry Conference. His guidance is helping to shape the UI's efforts in providing access to higher education in Iowa's prisons. More information about the conference can be found here (all events are free and open to the public): https://uiowa.edu/higheredandsuccessfulreentry/
He will participate in an event prior to this one, on September 7th in the Voxman Music Building Recital Hall: Screening of Shakespeare Behind Bars Documentary Film with Q&A talkback with Curt Tofteland, founder of SBB. https://uiowa.edu/higheredandsuccessfulreentry/article/conference-kickoff-event