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.
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.
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.
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.
A BPI student graduates on May 22, 2010, with the Bard College graduating class of 2010.
TF1, the National French televison channel and the most popular domestic tv network, reports on BPI’s program at Woodbourne Correctional Facility in New York State.