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Bennington College Hosts Discussion About Higher Education in Prisons

Bennington College Hosts Discussion About Higher Education in Prisons
April 15, 2015
The Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) at Bennington College hosted a panel discussion titled "Higher Education in Prisons Think
                                         Tank."  The discussion was part of CAPA's "Incarceration in America"
                                         initiative, which explores using public policy and political action to
                                         address the current United States prison system.  Max Kenner and
                                        Jed Tucker were there to represent BPI's education and reentry programs.


College for Convicts

College for Convicts
March 24, 2015
The U.S. Department of Education may explore the possibility of bringing back Pell Grants to prisoners, while a handful of state legislatures have considered changing laws that block prisoners’ access to college courses. There’s also a huge push from private foundations to demonstrate the successful college-in-prison models. Make no mistake -- there are
                                         significant obstacles to securing more money to educate prisoners,
                                         a population that has no political clout. That’s especially true at a time
                                         when so many government programs are still fractured by ongoing
                                         budget constraints. Yet there’s an important window of opportunity for
                                         correctional education right now, and it's part of a larger movement to
                                         improve the country's correctional system, advocates say.

George Chochos: Returning Citizen - Not "Ex-Offender" - Thrives at YDS

George Chochos: Returning Citizen - Not "Ex-Offender" - Thrives at YDS
March 16, 2015
“What is the possibility of a person like me going to a place like Yale?” This is a question George Chochos ’16 M.Div. still finds himself asking on occasion. It’s a good question, since Chochos didn’t arrive at YDS by conventional means. In fact, a lot of people are asking this question and telling Chocos’s story. He’s been written about, interviewed, and cited as an exemplary story of overcoming great odds to achieve success.


How Prison Education Can Save Taxpayers Money

How Prison Education Can Save Taxpayers Money
April 8, 2015
U.S. college programs for incarcerated students were largely defunded in the ’90s. At the time, this was seemingly great news for “tough on crime” advocates, but this year, a new debate has erupted out of New York
                                         state. In February, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed an initiative to
                                         both educate New York’s prison population and save taxpayers money.


Notre Dame and Holy Cross Educators Bring Knowledge and Hope to Westville Prisoners

Notre Dame and Holy Cross Educators Bring Knowledge and Hope to Westville Prisoners
March 24, 2015
The University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross College, and the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC), are working together to educate and provide hope for prisoners at the Westville Correctional Facility. The program, known as the Westville Education Initiative (WEI), offers male inmates the opportunity to enroll in college level courses to work towards earning an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Holy Cross. These inmates, who have demonstrated both an aptitude and desire to pursue studies in
                                         higher education, undertake the same level of responsibility that Notre
                                         Dame and Holy Cross professors expect from students at their respective
                                         institutions.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan Blogs About Attending BPI Commencement

Timothy Cardinal Dolan Blogs About Attending BPI Commencement
January 26, 2015
On January 24, 2015, BPI celebrated its twelfth commencement ceremony. Fifty one students received Bard degrees. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Catholic Archbishop of New York, received an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address. He wrote about the experience on his weblog, which garnered national attention from
                                         publications such as the Harvard Political Review and the
                                         Sterling Journal-Advocate.

With No Google, the Incarcerated Wait for the Mail

With No Google, the Incarcerated Wait for the Mail
January 25, 2015
The New York Public Library recently started an Instagram series featuring questions that people posed to librarians in the days before Google. Apparently, librarians stored the more interesting queries for decades. As antiquated as the analog method seems, millions of people in jails and prisons with no Internet access still rely on librarians for answers that could be found in seconds online. Most questions - 84 percent,
                                         responders say - come from facilities in New York state; the rest
                                         arrive from all over the country.

America's Focus on Punishment Means Injustice, Inequality

America's Focus on Punishment Means Injustice, Inequality
March 5, 2015
From Oscar speeches to op-ed pages, our national conversation has finally focused on one of America’s most glaring affronts to democracy: our shameful record on mass incarceration. We imprison some 2 million people, more than any other country. In the name of justice, we have witnessed – and, with our complicity, perpetuated – countless, unconscionable violations of it.

Expert Advocates Freeing Minds of Prisoners to See Potential

Expert Advocates Freeing Minds of Prisoners to See Potential
December 10, 2014
The powerful impact that higher education has on incarcerated individuals was recently highlighted by Smithsonian honoree Max Kenner, founder and executive director of BPI.  In his speech, he told the audience that by providing incarcerated men and women college educations, they become inspired and, perhaps for the ­ first time, see their place in the world.  Many felt marginalized, heard that higher education wasn’t for them or felt disconnected from society. Engaging in intellectual pursuit and ­finding purpose changes not only the individual,
                                         but his or her relationships with family and the world.

The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Education

The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Education

November 2014
In October 2014, Kenner was honored at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. as Smithsonian magazine announced the winners of the third annual American Ingenuity Awards. The awards recognize the year’s most amazing achievements and the innovators behind them.

Trench Democracy in Criminal Justice #3: An Interview with Max Kenner

Trench Democracy in Criminal Justice #3: An Interview with Max Kenner

December 31, 2014
Innovative democratic professionals are recreating some of our most fundamental institutions, shaping new democratic practices and struggling against the sometimes profoundly counter-democratic tendencies of contemporary American institutions. While their work is always in progress, their experiences hold value for anyone interested in democracy’s future. Max Kenner recently discussed BPI, its significance for both incarcerated and conventional students and for the faculty involved, and its long-term democratic implications.

Albany Times Union: A New Prison Equation

Albany Times Union: A New Prison Equation

September 3, 2014
TU
Editorial Board - Our opinion: We pay for inmates to
watch movies, but not to educate them? What’s wrong
with this picture?

Which is the better path to a productive life: Watching movies, or going to school? If you think that’s a no-brainer, you must not be following
                                         New  York politics.

An Interview with Bard Prison Initiative Founder and Director Max Kenner '01

An Interview with Bard Prison Initiative Founder and Director Max Kenner '01

Esteem Journal, May 30, 2013

Deirdre Faughey '00 interviews Bard Prison Initiative director Max
Kenner '01, who founded BPI while still an undergraduate at Bard.

Letter to the Editor – Harvard Magazine

Letter to the Editor – Harvard Magazine

May-June 2013

BPI Distinguished Fellow Ellen Lagemann’s letter to the editor, published in the May-June 2013 issue, in response to the article “America’s Prison Problem.”

New York Time Op Ed: Gov. Cuomo's Bold Step on Prison Education

New York Time Op Ed: Gov. Cuomo's Bold Step on Prison Education
February 18, 2014
One of the biggest obstacles to reducing America’s enormous prison population is the stubbornly high rates of recidivism. Nationwide, as many as half of those released end up back in prison within three years. There are many reasons for this, and not many simple answers, but one solution has long proved to be both reliable and cost-effective: education behind bars.

What Can College Mean? Lessons from the Bard Prison Initiative

What Can College Mean? Lessons from the Bard Prison Initiative

November-December 2011

An article that Ellen Lagemann, BPI Distinguished Fellow, wrote in 2011, which has been published in Change Magazine and the Spring 2012 Bardian.

Carlos Rosado Earns Bachelor’s Degree, Plants Garden All While Serving Time

Carlos Rosado Earns Bachelor’s Degree, Plants Garden All While Serving Time

May 18, 2010

ABC News writer Emily Friedman profiles BPI alumnus Carlos Rosado following his release from Woodbourne Correctional Facility and subsequent graduation on the Bard College campus.

Prison, College, and the Paradox of Punishment

Prison, College, and the Paradox of Punishment

Crime and Punishment: Perspectives from the Humanities, Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Volume 37, 305-331

Written by Daniel Karpowitz, Director of Policy and Academics for the Bard Prison Initiative, this article explores the ways in which college in prison programs, like BPI, may intervene in the paradox of punishment that occurs.

Doing Time, With a Degree to Show for It

Doing Time, With a Degree to Show for It

November 28, 2010

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, former Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University and Distinguished Fellow of the Bard Prison Initiative, discusses her experience teaching for BPI and makes the case for providing college education to prisoners.

Uncaptive Minds

Uncaptive Minds

February 20, 2005

Ian Buruma reflects on his experience teaching Japanese history to BPI students at Eastern Correctional Facility.

For the Love of Learning

For the Love of Learning	

March 18, 2009

Bard College president Leon Botstein writes about BPI’s 2009 commencement ceremony at Eastern Correctional Facility, reflecting upon the irony that the liberal arts tradition of learning for its own sake, beleaguered in other arenas, thrives within the prison.

Out of the Ashes: The Rise of the Bard Prison Initiative

Out of the Ashes: The Rise of the Bard Prison Initiative

Rand Review, Summer 2008

A summary of a talk given by Max Kenner before a RAND Corporation audience in 2008. The Review considers the effects in New York State of the federal government’s 1994 decision to withdraw public support for college prison programs, which was followed by a dramatic rise in state spending on corrections.

Earning College Degrees Behind Bars

Earning College Degrees Behind Bars

December 30, 2009

Beth Schwartzapfel reports on Bard College Professor Emeritus John Fout’s class “Nazi Germany and the Holocaust” at Woodbourne Correctional Facility.

The Bard Prison Initiative

The Bard Prison Initiative

Stefan Falke’s Eye: A Photo Blog, December 11, 2010

Photographer and blogger Stefan Falke writes about a BPI student who co-founded BPI’s organic community garden. The interview and photographs first appeared in the German DIE ZEIT. This blog provides a summary of the article along with a selection of photos.

Give Prisoners the Gift of a Whitman Education

Give Prisoners the Gift of a Whitman Education	

The Pioneer, October 7, 2010

A student at Whitman College, a liberal arts college in the State of Washington, writes about BPI and argues for the development of a similar college-in-prison program at Whitman.

Bard College’s Prison Initiative: Organic Food Politics!

Bard College’s Prison Initiative: Organic Food Politics!

Wellsphere, June 16, 2010

Dr. Marion Nestle blogs about accepting the John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service and discusses BPI, her commencement address to the graduates, and BPI’s community garden at Woodbourne.

Marion Nestle Receives John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service from Bard Prison Initiative

Marion Nestle Receives John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service from Bard Prison Initiative

At A Glance, News from the NYU Steinhardt Community, June 10, 2010

NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
                                         offers a weblog on Dr. Marion Nestle’s acceptance of the John Dewey
                                         award and her commencement address at BPI’s 2010 graduation
                                         ceremony at Woodbourne Correctional Facility.

Locked Out of Higher Education

Locked Out of Higher Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, March 3, 2010

Garry Boulard writes about the current state of higher education in prisons and discusses BPI’s sister program at Wesleyan University, a
                                         partner in the national Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison.

Making the Most out of Time Served: The Fate of Prison Education Programs

Making the Most out of Time Served: The Fate of Prison Education Programs

December 2009

New York University’s News & Documentary graduate program looks at the history of college-in-prison programs in New York State and focuses
                                         on Bard’s program at Bayview Correctional Facility.

Liberal Arts, Behind Bars

Liberal Arts, Behind Bars

Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2009

Kate Maternowski comments on the state of prison educational programming in the United States and the debut of BPI’s sister program at Wesleyan University, a partner in the national Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison.

A Dozen Amazing College Students

A Dozen Amazing College Students

The Decembrist, December 5, 2003

Political scientist, author, and blogger Mark Schmitt writes about his visit to a "Civics" seminar at Eastern Correctional Facility, at which he was a guest lecturer.

Education Transforms Lives

Education Transforms Lives

Poughkeepsie Journal, November 27, 2006

Michael Woyton reports on the impact of a college education on incarcerated people released from prison, their relationships with family members, and their prospects for employment. Woyton interviews Glenn Martin, then of the NYC-based HIRE Network, and Daniel Karpowitz, BPI Director of Policy and Academics.

Prisoners Get a Chance To Turn Their Lives Around

Prisoners Get a Chance To Turn Their Lives Around	

Poughkeepsie Journal, November 26, 2006

Journalist Michael Woyton surveys BPI. Links to audio excerpts of Woynton’s interviews with four BPI students are available on the webpage.

The Bard College Prison Initiative

The Bard College Prison Initiative

Education Update Online, May 2005

Nazneen Malik describes BPI and explains how, in the era prior to the
                                         elimination of Pell Grant inmate eligibility, numerous studies of college-
                                         in-prison programs demonstrated those programs effectiveness in
                                         rehabilitation.

Justice as if It Mattered

Justice as if It Mattered

Nathan Newman.org, April 22, 2005

Sociologist and author Nathan Newman blogs about his experience as a guest lecturer on Reconstruction and legal theory at Woodbourne Correctional Facility for BPI.

Prison Parchment

Prison Parchment

March 2005

The Mid-Hudson Valley’s community magazine reports on BPI’s first commencement ceremony.

College Ivy Sprouts at a Connecticut Prison

College Ivy Sprouts at a Connecticut Prison

November 16, 2009

An article featuring BPI’s sister program at Wesleyan University, a partner in the national Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison.