Educational Justice & Appalachian Prisons Symposium
April 4-6, 2014
West Virginia University Downtown Campus
All symposium events are free and open to the public.
The Educational Justice & Appalachian Prisons Symposium will bring together people interested in higher education in prison, restorative justice, re-entry initiatives, and prison book projects. Funded by a West Virginia Humanities Council grant and co-coordinated by the Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) and the West Virginia University (WVU) Department of English, the three-day symposium will feature national speakers and include roundtable discussions. By the end of the symposium, attendees will have enriched their understanding of issues affecting Appalachian prisons and will be ready to implement action plans related to educational justice.
On Friday evening, the keynote address will be given by Rebecca Ginsberg, founder of the Education Justice Project of the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
There will be a lecture on Saturday by Kyes Stevens, founder of the Alabama Prison Creative Arts + Education Project at Auburn University.
On Saturday evening, the keynote will be given by R. Dwayne Betts, author of A Question of Freedom and Shahid Reads His Own Palm. For more information on R. Dwayne Betts and his work, visit http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/reginald-dwayne-betts OR http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/AQuest OR http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/08/from-prisoner-to-poet/307639/.
Colson Hall, Room 130
Located on the first floor of Colson Hall across from the main office.