The Center for Prison Education, Wesleyan’s college-in-prison program, is looking for tutors, including math tutors, who can assist with high school level material to work in the prisons with our incarcerated students. In addition, we are looking for those who can work on campus, helping to find research materials for our students, among other tasks. If you’re interested in volunteering this semester or would like more information, please e-mail Coady Johnson ’15 at cpefellow[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Alicia Gansley ’15 reminds us how awesome the word “gerrymandering” is:
How does the prison industrial complex steal your vote?
Peter Wagner, Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative, is leading a national movement to protect our democracy from the prison industrial complex. His pioneering work at the intersection of criminal justice and electoral representation has permanently changed how legislative districts are being drawn in 4 states, and has inspired pending legislation in 9 states including Connecticut. Wagner, the nation’s leading expert on “prison gerrymandering”, will be in Middletown to explain how legislators who have prisons in their districts get to claim incarcerated people as their constituents, deny them the vote, and then turn around to push for harsher sentencing laws. And Wagner will explain what you can do about it.
Co-sponsored by Wesleyan Democracy Matters and the WesACLU
Date: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Lexi Sturdy ’10 invites you to assist with an assessment of the Center for Prison Education:
Want to learn how to administer qualitative research with a reputable research agency? The Center for Court Innovation, based in Manhattan, is doing an assessment of the Center for Prison Education at Wesleyan and needs student interns to help with hands-on research!
They are going to facilitate a training at the beginning of next semester. The research interns would then conduct interviews and focus groups at Cheshire and York Correctional Institution! It is a great opportunity for hands-on research experience. If interested email Alexis Sturdy ’10, CPE Manager at asturdy(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.
Deadline: next semester
Want to hear about Wesleyan’s involvement in prison education and criminal justice reform? Maddie Neufeld ’12 writes in with some, er, arresting information:
Join us for a panel discussion on Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education, featuring members of the initiative’s advisory board. Come hear from leaders in criminal justice reform about Wesleyan’s pioneering work bringing educational opportunity into Connecticut’s prisons. Board members include Majora Carter ’88, MacArthur Genius and environmental activist, Ted Shaw ’76, former NAACP attorney, Greg Berman ’88, Director of the Center for Court Innovation, Katherine Eyster ’10, former CPE volunteer, Russell Perkins ’09, CPE co-founder and Rhodes Scholar, Randy Ezratty P’13, music producer and engineer, Professor Andy Szegedy-Maszak, Mike Lawlor, CT’s Undersecretary for Criminal Justice, and Max Kenner, Bard Prison Initiative Director.
Date: Saturday, October 20th
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Place: Exley 150
Laura Werle ’15 is just writing in to make sure you’re aware of ice cream. Are you aware of ice cream?
Celebrate Spring, the end of classes, and support the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education! This Friday, Lizzy B’s Praline’s Ice Cream Shop (across from Thai Gardens) is teaming up with the CPE to fund raise for this important program.
Date: Friday (tomorrow), May 11
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Lizzy B’s
Cost: “However much ice cream you desire.”
From JoAnna Bourain ’12:
On Tuesday, December 1st at 8:00-9:30 come to the entrance of Olin to learn the different ways that incarcerated people are portrayed by society and the media.
There will be several people who represent common perceptions (and misperceptions) of the prison system. You are invited to ask them about their stories and ask them questions regarding their experiences.
This is an interactive theater piece that requires participants (meaning you!). Stop by for as long as you can on your way to studying. You are invited to stay for a minute or for the entire duration of the theater piece.
Featuring: Aubrey Hamilton ’12, Kiara Williams-Jones ’12, Sara Schineller ’12, Matt Tannenbaum ’10, Rebecca Kowal ’10, Dawn Piscitelli ’11, and Joanna Bourain ’12.
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 1
Time: 8- 9:30 pm
Place: Olin lobby
Rhodessa Jones (sister of Bill T. Jones, who was the class of 2010’s First Year Matters performer/lecturer) will be on campus this week working with theater students and students and faculty engaged in the Prison Education Program. She will also give a solo performance/talk this Thursday.
Jones is Co-Artistic Director of the acclaimed San Francisco-based performance company Cultural Odyssey. An actress, teacher, singer and writer, she’s also the founder and director of the award-winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which is a performance workshop designed to achieve personal and social transformation with incarcerated women. For her Wesleyan appearance, Jones will talk about using art as a healing tool through her work with the Medea Project and perform some excerpts from her one-person shows around the theme of “art as social activism.” Check out this interview for more.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 12
Time: 8 pm
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Tickets: $6 for Wesleyan Students; $17 for General Admission; and $15 for Seniors, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff and non-Wesleyan Student
Interested in Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education?
The Center for Prison Education (CPE) is currently seeking two qualified interns for this academic year. Working directly with CPE Graduate Fellows, students can expect to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of program management: research, administrative assistance, outreach.
First Friday: Theater and Community Outreach at York Correctional Institute:
This will be an informal presentation of the project currently underway in which Wesleyan students are collaborating on theater productions with inmates at York C.I., a women’s maximum security prison. Among the performances that have been staged have been scenes from Shakespeare intermingled with stories of the women’s lives that were inspired by their readings of Shakespeare. Participating in the presentation will be Joe Lea, Librarian at York, Deputy Warden Karen Oien of York, Wesleyan Professor of Theater Ron Jenkins, as well as recently released inmates from the prison who have participated in the work.
First Friday is a series sponsored by the Center for Community Partnerships and is dedicated to building community amongst those interested in service, activism and social change.
Date: Friday, April 3rd
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: Center for Community Partnerships – 167 High Street