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Common Read: College in Prison

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Common Read at Dwight Hall: College in Prison

YPEI at Dwight Hall announces a “Common Read” of Daniel Karpowitz’s book College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration (2017). 

•See the Common Read Quick Guide to the right>>>

**We will be hosting the author at Dwight Hall for an afternoon discussion on Friday, April 14 at 1pm (free and open to the public). Please help us gauge attendance by RSVPing here.***

NEW: Discussion prompts from the author available here.


What is a Common Read?

The purpose of the Dwight Hall Common Read is to join students, faculty, administration, staff, and community partners in small group discussions — both on- and off-campus — to read together and consider the issues raised around a text in the context of our own institution, city, and community.

YPEI will distribute the text, provide discussion materials, and host initial events — but encourages you to plan your own discussion group with your member groups, clubs, colleagues, friends, peers, colleagues, or service partners.

To register your interest in the College in Prison Common Read, click here!


More about College in Prison.

“College in Prison chronicles how, since 2001, Bard College has provided hundreds of incarcerated men and women across the country access to a high-quality liberal arts education. Earning degrees in subjects ranging from Mandarin to advanced mathematics, graduates have, upon release, gone on to rewarding careers and elite graduatand professional programs. Yet this is more than just a story of exceptional individuals triumphing against the odds. It is a study in how the liberal arts can alter the landscape of some of our most important public institutions giving people from all walks of life a chance to enrich their minds and expand their opportunities.”


Karpowitz gave a Pierson College Tea at Yale in November 2016 in advance of the book’s release; audio of the event is available here.

Daniel Karpowitz hosted at Yale by Pierson Head of College Dr. Stephen Davis, November 2016

Daniel Karpowitz at Pierson College Tea hosted by Head of College Dr. Stephen Davis.


Daniel Karpowitz is the director of policy and national programs for the Bard Prison Initiative and lecturer in law and the humanities at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. 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, and he has also been a Soros Justice Fellow at the Open Society Institute, a fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Fulbright Fellow in Kathmandu, Nepal.