With a $1.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation, YPEI now has the capacity to offer a wider range of courses, establish a fellows program and partner with the University of New Haven. This article was originally posted on the Yale Daily News, which can… Read More
BPI’s newest campus at Albion Correctional Facility, a medium-security women's prison, is now open! This spring, BPI extended a warm welcome to the inaugural cohort, who began their Bardian careers this spring, immersing themselves in the traditional Language and Thinking workshop and utilizing the… Read More
Incarceration Nations Network, an organization founded by BPI’s Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives, Baz Dreisinger, is hiring five global educators for the Chaz Zachary Global Teaching Fellowship, named for a beloved Prison-to-College Pipeline student who transitioned last year. Educators in any country are welcome… Read More
The Appeal featured several segments about BPI in two Justice in America podcast episodes, as well as an op-ed. Check out more details below:
Josie Duffy Rice and co-host Derecka Purnell are joined by Dyjuan Tatro ’18 and Wesley Caines ’09 along with filmmakers Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein to talk about education in prisons, the Bard Prison Initiative, and the documentary College Behind Bars.
In this episode, Josie Duffy Rice and her producer, Florence Barrau-Adams, travel to Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York, to interview Rodney Spivey-Jones ’17 and Max Kenner ’01 about the Bard Prison Initiative and Bard College.
Prisons, BPI graduate Rodney-Spivey Jones ’17 writes, should be institutions of learning, not ‘wastelands’ that willfully overlook human potential.
“A classical liberal arts education, which Bard College and the Bard Prison Initiative provides, is saying we are liberated from being shackled by the “out there” and when we look within you see a whole realm of existence and life. Where you live, how… Read More
BPI's Executive Director Max Kenner sat down with Sarah Brown on the Better Angels Podcast, originally posted on Their World and reproduced below. “I think you’re exactly right that mass incarceration is a symptom, if not the most prominent system of structural racism in the… Read More
At a recent orientation session for newly enrolled Bard students at Taconic Correctional Facility, I found myself thinking about my own undergraduate experience and the ways Bard connects people across campuses and decades. We were there to talk about the extended world of the… Read More
The Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound (FEPPS) joined BPI's Consortium For the Liberal Arts in Prison in 2014 and received several years of seed funding from BPI. FEPPS provides a rigorous college program to incarcerated women in Washington and creates pathways to higher… Read More
Boston College is on board! The Boston College Prison Education Program (BCPEP) recently launched and joined the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison. With the support of BPI and friends of the University, BCPEP has launched a college-in-prison program within MCI-Shirley. The first… Read More
The Boston College Prison Education Program (BCPEP) recently launched and joined the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison. With the support of BPI and friends of the University, BCPEP has launched a college-in-prison program within MCI-Shirley. The first cohort was admitted in summer… Read More