A Convening of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison

Hosted By

University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College

April 12–14, 2018

Photo: Joe Angeles / Washington University


We are excited to have you join us and are looking forward to three thought-provoking, meaningful, and productive days.

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Register Here

Deadline to Register is March 15th.  

Note: Online registration is required for all attendees, even if participating on a panel or in contact with the organizers.

Thanks to a donor’s generous gift and the support of our host, the University of Notre Dame, we are pleased to be able to offer this convening without a registration fee.



The local airport is the South Bend International Airport.

There is a hotel shuttle available from the airport to the Inn at St. Mary’s. Taxis are located outside of Door D of the terminal building. Ridesharing services such as Uber or Lyft are also permitted and available from the airport. Rental cars are also available.

We have chartered shuttles to take guests to and from the hotels to campus for each day of the convening. It is not recommended that you plan to park on campus.

Hotels in South Bend are filling up fast. We recommend making your reservations ASAP. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the hotels below. We have shuttles chartered from these hotels to campus. Please call to locate the blocked rooms under Notre Dame BPI Consortium. Blocked rooms cannot be located by booking online.

Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott-Notre Dame

1220 East Angela Boulevard
South Bend, IN 46617

15 king rooms at $126
10 king suites at $136

The Inn at St. Mary’s

53933 Indiana State Route 933
South Bend, IN 46637

50 Kings/Doubles at $139
*offers airport shuttles

If you call the hotels above, and all of the blocked rooms are taken, then please reserve a room at:

Residence Inn-Mishawaka

231 Park Place
Mishawaka, IN 46545
(574) 271-9283

Rate: $115 (king and pull out couch)

Reserved under the name Notre Dame BPI Consortium


Thursday, April 12th through Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Thursday, April 12



Hotel check-in

12:00 pm

Vans leave Holy Cross for Westville


Tour of Westville Correctional Facility. Arrive back at 5:00 PM

5:30 pm

Meet in the hotel lobbies to board shuttles to Holy Cross College

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Vincent Atrium at Holy Cross College

Registration check-in and drinks

6:00 pm

Dinner with welcoming remarks from Daniel Karpowitz (Bard Prison Initiative) and Mike Griffin (Holy Cross College)


The Inn at St. Mary’s

Post-dinner Drinks

Shuttles from Holy Cross to hotels

Friday, April 13


Breakfast on your own at the two hotels

8:00 am

Shuttles from hotels to Notre Dame campus

8:00 – 8:45 am

McKenna Hall Auditorium

Registration and coffee


8:45 – 9:00 am

Data Overview with Daniel Karpowitz, Jessica Neptune, and Robert Tynes (Bard Prison Initiative)

9:00 – 10:30 am

Plenary 1:

Mission Across Diverse Universities and Faculty

Chair and Discussant: Steve Fallon (University of Notre Dame)

Robert Henke (Washington University at St. Louis)

Kathy Fox (University of Vermont)

Kristen Inglis (Wesleyan Center for Prison Education)

10:45 – 12:15 pm

Plenary 2:

Mission and Post-graduate Careers: Rethinking Reentry

Public Health: Gabriel Mendes (Bard Prison Initiative) and Alphonso Simmons (Bard Prison Initiative alumnus)

Computer Science: Andrew Cencini (Bennington College) and Ornell Caesar ’16 (Bard Prison Initiative alumnus)

Teaching: Jed Tucker (Bard Prison Initiative) and Sylvester Reddick ’10 (Bard Prison Initiative alumnus)

12:30 – 1:45 pm

Morris Inn, Smith Ballroom


Remarks from Dean John McGreevy (University of Notre Dame) and screening of Moreau College Initiative film

Breakout Sessions

2:00 – 3:30 pm

McKenna Room 100-104

Session 1:

Getting to the BA: Vision and Strategy

Chair: Jennifer Hudson (Washington University Prison Education Project)

Jeff Jurgens and Megan Callaghan (Bard Prison Initiative)

Amy Roza and Jennifer Munt (Goucher Prison Education Partnership)


McKenna Auditorium

Session 2:

Challenging Assumptions About What’s Possible: Innovation In and Outside of the Classroom

Chair: Salih Israil ’09 (Bard Prison Initiative)

Remote Internships: Marty Whalen and Alesha Seroczynski (Moreau College Initiative)

Coding: Andrew Cencini (Bennington College)

Natural and Lab Sciences: Phillip Sloan and Arielle Phillips (University of Notre Dame)

3:45 – 5:00 pm

McKenna Room 100-104

Session 1:

Reimagining Remediation: Writing, Math, and College Readiness

Chair: Zelda Roland (Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall)

Delia Mellis (Bard Prison Initiative)

Sarah Hews (Hampshire College)

Zoe Brown (Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound)


McKenna Auditorium

Session 2:

Reimagining Assessment: Research, Data, and Evaluation

Chair and Discussant: Bill Carbonaro (University of Notre Dame)

Heather Erwin (Vera Institute of Justice)

Erin Castro (University of Utah)

Julie Ajinkya (Institute for Higher Education Policy)

Matt Denney (Yale Policy Lab)

5:15 – 6:00 pm

Morris Inn, Smith Ballroom

Happy Hour

Drinks will be served outside of the Smith Ballroom at the Morris Inn.

Malcolm X, the Prison Years: The Relentless Pursuit Of Formal Education

A conversation with the author, Jed Tucker (Bard Prison Initiative) and Robert Smith (Marquette University)

6:00 pm

Morris Inn, Smith Ballroom


7:00 pm

Preview of highlights from the forthcoming documentary film about college-in-prison and BPI directed and produced by Lynn Novick, executive produced by Ken Burns.

Introductory remarks by Max Kenner (Bard Prison Initiative) followed by a conversation with Novick and featured alumni Wesley Caines, Bronx Defenders Office, and Jule Hall, Ford Foundation.

Saturday, April 14


Breakfast at hotels

8:00 am

Shuttles from hotels to Notre Dame campus

8:30 – 9:00 am

McKenna Auditorium

Keynote Address

Brent Cohen (JustleadershipUSA), Mark Rice (JustledershipUSA), Reuben Jones (JustleadershipUSA)

9:00 – 10:30 am

Plenary 3:

Alumni Advocacy and Leadership

Autumn Curtis (Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound Alumna)

Darren Mack (Bard Prison Initiative Alum)

Erica Mateo (Bard Prison Initiative Alumna)

Adrianna Taylor (Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound Alumna)

10:45 – 11:00 pm

Special Guest Remarks

Scott Semple, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Corrections

11:15 – 12:30 pm

Plenary 4:

College-Prison: Looking Ahead. A Conversation with Corrections

Moderator: Jenny Kim (Koch Industries)

Edward J Welch (Assistant Commissioner of Rehabilitative Services, Tennessee Department of Corrections)

John Nally (Director of Education, Indiana Department of Corrections)

Jamie Camacho (Director of Inmate Training and Education, Massachusetts Department of Corrections)

Scott Semple (Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Corrections)

12:30 pm

Thank you and farewell!

Internal Consortium Meeting for Members of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison

1:00 – 3:00 pm

McKenna Dining Hall

Internal Lunch Meeting:

Revisiting Consortium Principles and Mission


Thank you for participating in this convening.


For further assistance, please contact Jessica Neptune at jneptune@bard.edu.

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