Premiere Screening of “Higher Education in the Prisons”

The premiere screening of Higher Education in the Prisons” is on Friday May 11 at the CUNY Graduate Center from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. (RSVP is required, please email: vernice.blanchard@mail.cuny.edu or 212.794.5539.)

Professor Campbell Dalglish (CCNY) created the documentary from the University Faculty Senate Conference on Higher Education in the Prisons. Professor Dalglish, is a screenwriter and filmmaker, and has developed and facilitated prison education programs.

He demonstrates, in his documentary, how these programs, “effectively reverse the pipeline from our broken public school systems into corporate-owned prisons, giving inmates an educated plan for life that can promise rehabilitation, not only for criminals, but for society as a whole.”

The UFS Conference, held in February 2011, brought together a dynamic presentation of seven tri-state prison education program leaders, students, and university researchers. The panels include the Bard College Prison Initiative, Bedford Hills College Program, Drew University, Hudson Link College Program, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Nicholson Foundation, NYC Justice Corps, NYC Prisoner Reentry Institute, Princeton University, Raritan Valley Community College, The Inside-Out Center, Queensboro Correction Facility, Queensborough Community College, Weslyan University, and Vassar College.

The film demonstrates the transformative power of education to change lives, create new family dynamics, and play a positive role in society. In the film you will survey discussions and research on how corrections officers see education change their prisons; admissions, curriculum planning, and the unique obstacles created in the environment when teaching in prison are addressed.

The interest in the conference far exceeded our limitations of space and we hope you will be able to take this opportunity to attend premiere screening of the film. There will be a panel discussion with opportunity for audience questions. Please RSVP by email to vernice.blanchard@mail.cuny.edu.

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