Prison and the Academy Symposium: "The Steeling of Minds: Education and Access in America’s Prisons"

Fri, Oct 18, 2019, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Free And Open To The Public
Prison Teaching Initiative and the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
New Jersey Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (NJ-CAIC)
University Center for Human Values
Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination

Join us for a spoken word performance and discussion led by formerly incarcerated scholars.

This is a critical time in the trajectory of prison education, both in the country as a whole and at Princeton itself. In 2016, the Obama administration reinstated Pell grants for incarcerated students through the Second Chance Pell (SCP) Experimental Sites Initiative, allowing incarcerated students access to funding for post-secondary education for the first time since 1994. In addition, there is a growing body of Princeton faculty, staff, and students who teach, tutor, and take classes in prisons through a variety of programs. It is imperative that Princeton’s volunteers, and our broader communities, take stock of the perspectives and lived experiences of people who are formerly incarcerated. That is why, for this fall’s “The Prison and the Academy” symposium, PTI welcomes five formerly incarcerated scholars, artists, and activists involved in the New Jersey Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (NJ-CAIC). This event will take the form of a spoken word performance, followed by a moderated discussion that will seek to address the following questions, among others:

  • What are the invisible barriers to the pursuit of higher education in America’s prisons?
  • How do these barriers change or shift post-incarceration?
  • How does higher education touch students’ lives outside of the classroom?

 Following the moderated discussion, we look forward to a Q&A session with the audience.

Questions? Contact Avery Agles (