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

An Interview with Bard Prison Initiative Founder and Director Max Kenner

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.”

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.

Uncaptive Minds

Uncaptive Minds

February 20, 2005

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

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.

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.

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.

Bar None

Colby Magazine

An interview with Professor Craig Jude, discussing his teaching physiology for the Bard Prison Initiative and his impressions of students 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

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

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.

The Bard Prison Initiative

The Bard Prison Initiative

The Decembrist, February 22, 2005

On his weblog, political scientist and author  Mark Schmitt comments on Ian Buruma’s feature in The New York Times Magazine.

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.

Bayview Women Receive Bard College Degrees

Counterbalance, National Association of Women Judges Newsletter, Fall 2009

Max Kenner describes BPI’s program for women at the Bayview Correctional Facility, the withdrawal of federal funding for college-in-prison programs, the founding of BPI, and the way in which women at Bayview collaborated with judges and other professional women in Manhattan to restore college to Bayview.

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.

Educating Inmates

The Portland Phoenix, February 6, 2008

A report on Max Kenner’s address to students, faculty, and staff at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, as Bates considers opening a college-in-prison program of its own.

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

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

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

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.