Education Justice: Why Prison Classrooms Matter

Event time: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 4:00pm
Event description: 

“What college does, it helps us learn about the nation,” said Rodney Spivey-Jones, a 2017 Bard College graduate currently incarcerated at Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York, in the docuseries College behind Bars. “It helps us become civic beings. It helps us understand that we have an interest in our community, that our community is a part of us and we are a part of it.”  

The Bard Prison Initiative and programs at other institutions of higher learning across the country have brought together teachers and learners in incarcerated spaces for years. This panel will gather faculty members, administrators, and students who have participated in such programs to discuss the critical importance of prison education and the pivotal role colleges and universities play in expanding the power of education beyond their campus.



Max Kenner, founder and executive director, Bard Prison Initiative

Dyjuan Tatro, government affairs associate, Bard Prison Initiative

Zelda Roland, founding director, Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall at Yale

Craig Steven Wilder, Barton L. Weller Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Lynette Nicole Tannis, adjunct lecturer on education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; author, Educating Incarcerated Youth: Exploring the Impact of Relationships, Expectations, Resources and Accountability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Event Type: 
Prison Reform & Reentry
Event Source: 
Dwight Hall Member Group
Open To: 
Graduate Students
Community Members