Reflections on Ten Years of the Bard Prison Initiative
On September 17, 2015, Max Kenner and three BPI alumni/ae - Jule Hall, Joseph Williams, and Erica Mateo - had a panel discussion at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. This presentation was part of the ongoing Sackler Center series, States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color.
Max Kenner Was a Speaker at the EG Conference 2015
For the past nine years, the EG Conference has been the touchstone for innovators in just about every imaginable field. "The people who attend EG are makers and doers of extraordinary things. They are breakers of boundaries and explorers of frontiers and busters of myths."
This year, BPI's Executive Director, Max Kenner, was invited to be a presenter at this very unique and thought-provoking conference.
College Goes to Prison
Brian Lehrer, the Peabody Award-winning host of WNYC Radio's Brian Lehrer Show, discusses Governor Cuomo's plan to fit prison-college programs into the next state budget. The idea is not a new one. Brian and his guests look at existing, but privately-funded, programs in New York state. The guests are Max Kenner, founder of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), a BPI alum, Erica Matea, and co-author of a landmark study on the matter, Maria Elena Torre. This piece aired on March 12, 2014.
Governor Cuomo Champions the Bard Prison Initiative
On February 16, 2014 at Wilborn Church in Albany, NY - before dozens of elected officials including NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to restore college-in-prison on a broad scale. Highlighting Bard's work and the accomplishments of two BPI alumni in the audience, the Governor introduced plans to support ten programs across New York State.
How To Succeed in Business By Really, Really Trying
Part II of PBS economics correspondent Paul Solman’s report on the Bard Prison Initiative, focusing on BPI alumni employed with WeRecycle!, an innovative New York electronics recycling facility, including interviews with BPI alum Anthony Cardenales, WeRecycle! owners John and Wendy Neu, WeRecycle! COO Virgil Fisher, and and BPI Executive Director Max Kenner. Produced by Lee Koromvokis, the piece aired on July 27, 2011.
Every autumn, Leon Botstein conducts the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra within Eastern Correctional Facility. The annual program draws an audience of roughly 500 from within the prison and is a rare opportunity for Conservatory students to share their talents with their fellow Bard students who are enrolled through BPI, as well as the general population at Eastern. This piece is from October 26, 2010.
Correspondent Bob Simon reports on the Bard Prison Initiative from its program at the Eastern Correctional Facility in New York State. The story features four BPI students and interviews with Commissioner of New York State Department of Corrections Brian Fischer, Bard College President Leon Botstein, BPI Executive Director Max Kenner, and Associate Professor of History Tabetha Ewing. Produced by Catherine Olian, the eleven-minute feature aired on April 15, 2007.
From Ball and Chain to Cap and Gown: Getting a B.A. Behind Bars
From Ball and Chain to Cap and Gown: Getting a B.A. Behind Bars“PBS NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on the Bard Prison Initiative and its academic based “job training” from Woodbourne Correctional Facility, with interviews with BPI incarcerated students, BPI faculty, and Max Kenner, BPI Executive Director. The piece aired on July 26, 2011, and is the first part of a two-part series.