College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration

Daniel Karpowitz Talk

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Research Hall, 163

Daniel Karpowitz will be speaking on 2/14 from 10:30 to 11:45 am in Research 163 on the Fairfax campus. Karpowitz's talk will draw upon his book College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration. Mason students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. After a break, the conversation will continue from noon to 1 pm. This event is sponsored by SAIL, the School of Integrative Studies, SCAR, and Women & Gender Studies.


DANIEL KARPOWITZ is the director of policy and academics for the Bard Prison Initiative and lecturer in law and the humanities at Bard College. He is the co-founder of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, an organization that launches and cultivates college-in-prison programs across the country.  College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration is just out from Rutgers University Press.


More about the book: Drawing on fifteen years of experience as a director of and teacher within the Bard Prison Initiative, Daniel Karpowitz tells the story of BPI’s development from a small pilot project to a nationwide network. At the same time, he recounts dramatic scenes from in and around college-in-prison classrooms pinpointing the contested meanings that emerge in moments of highly-charged reading, writing, and public speaking. Through examining the transformative encounter between two characteristically American institutions—the undergraduate college and the modern penitentiary—College in Prison makes a powerful case for why liberal arts education is still vital to the future of democracy in the United States.