“An educated citizen makes for a better citizen — BPI’s seminars teach analytical tools that prepare graduates to look around the environment and find ways to make it better.”
— Wesley Caines ’09
BPI Reentry | June 2018
A look into the variety of career and professional journeys of BPI alumni upon their returning home to the Greater New York City Area.
18th BPI Commencement | January 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend: BPI confers its 500th diploma and an honorary degree to civil rights leader William J. Barber II.
How Maximum Security Inmates Took on Cambridge in a Debate About Nuclear Weapons — And Won
The three students from the University of Cambridge, wearing black suits and clutching sheaves of papers, stepped onto the wooden auditorium stage under the warm yellow lights. As members of a storied debate team, they had competed the world over but never in a place like this — a stripped-down hall in a maximum-security prison in Upstate New York that looms among the Catskill Mountains like a medieval castle.
In the center of the stage, three men wearing state-issued green pants and bow ties they had borrowed from their fellow prisoners stood ready to greet their privileged opponents. Only one of the inmates had finished high school before entering prison.…Read More
Earning a degree inside Brooklyn’s Central Public Library
Purvis Thompson poses for a portrait at the Brooklyn Public Library after taking an anthropology class offered by Bard College on October 16, 2018. Bard College has opened a micro-college, offering associates degrees earned by attending classes at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand…Read More