Sunday Conference Schedule

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

8-830 AM  Opening remarks: Jarrelle M. Marshall  CL G24
830-930  Plenary VI: Reflections on Learning CL G24
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROJECT AT STETSON UNIVERSITY (PAMELA CAPPAS-TORO, ANDY EISEN, JELENA PETROVIC, ALEX PINKNEY JR., DANIEL RAINS, JOSHUA ROGERS, CHAUNCEY SIMPSON, AND JEREMY WARE.)
945-11  Roundtables and Workshops
College Readiness Programs in Transitional Correctional Facilities
CL 208B
FRANCA FERRARI-BRIDGERS, AGNIESZKA TUSZYNSKA, DR. KING, ROSE MARIE ÄIKÄS
Views from Stateville Prison
CL G24
DEMETRIUS CUNNINGHAM, “THE URBAN/PRISON ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INITIATIVE”; MARCOS GRAY, “HIGHER EDUCATION: WHY PRISONERS (MAXIMUM-SECURITY) NEED IT”; RONALD KLEINER, “WHY HIGHER EDUCATION SHOULD BE PROVIDED AND ALLOWED AT MAXIMUM-SECURITY PRISONS”; PATRICK PURSLEY, “FEATS OF MULTITALENTS IN ACADEMIC ACROBATICS IN PRISONS THAT ARE MAXIMUM”
Higher Education for the Formerly Incarcerated: 
Barriers and Supports (Pell Grant Roundtable)
CL 352 (Updated)
ELYSHIA D. ASELTINE
Debate, Dialogue, and Deeper Level
CL 208A

ELSINORE BENNU-MALAKKI, AMBER MORCZEK, AND DENISE KAMMERS

Subversive Play: Reacting to the Past and 
Game-Based Pedagogy in Prison CL G13 
JESSICA BLATT, AILEEN BAUMGARTNER AND MARK HIGBEE
Closing the Educational Gap Between Secondary and Postsecondary 
Education in Juvenile and Adult Corrections Education Systems 
Workshop CL 244A
GREGORY S. GAITHER
1115-1230  Wrap-Up and Closing Visions (group discussion)  CL G24

Overview of Saturday Movements

  • 8-10:15: William Pitt Union, 3959 5th Ave.
  • 10:45-12: 1 session in WPU; 4 sessions in Cathedral of Learning, 4200 5th Ave.
  • 12-1:15: Pizza lunch at Cathedral of Learning, G24. We suggest you take your lunch up to the first floor, where there are plenty of tables and nooks. Table session in 335 & 349.
  • 1:15-2:30: 1 session at Lawrence Hall 120 (where we supped); 4 sessions Cathedral of Learning.
  • 2:45-4: All sessions at Cathedral of Learning.
  • 4:15-5:30: All sessions at Cathedral of Learning.
  • 5:45: Meet for buses to Chatham at Bigelow, William Pitt Union side of street, near bus shelters. First round pick up at 5:45; second round ca. 6:15.
  • 6:30-10: Reception/Discussion at Chatham University, Buhl Atrium.

Navigating the Cathedral of Learning will require patience. Our classrooms are distributed across three floors: the ground level (G24, G13); 2nd floor (208B); and especially 3rd floor (324, 352, 358, 363). You will enter on either the ground floor (from Forbes) or the first floor. There is a bank of elevators in the center of every floor, and eight stairwells to accommodate ascents and descents.

The breaks between concurrent sessions Saturday afternoon are short. We ask in advance for your patience with moving between them. Consider “rehearsing” the navigation to your presentation space in advance of your presentation, if possible.

Organization Discussion, Dinner & Reception at Chatham

Tonight at Chatham University, Buhl Atrium, 630-10. Attendees will board buses outside the William Pitt Union on Bigelow, by the bus shelters, at 5:45 pm. The first buses will leave at 5:45, and then return for a second pickup (we would guess 6:15 pm). Buses will return attendees to the William Pitt Union. There will be a short walk from the dropoff location (5th and Woodlawn) to Buhl Atrium on arrival. Please make your way quickly to the bus pickup following 4:15 (end 5:30) panels!

Welcome Updates

Welcome to Pittsburgh! Thank you for coming all this way to join in conversation. This update summarizes the conference schedule and locations; reminders about weather, dress, and walking between conference locations; registration times; table locations; notes on food; our contact information—we hope, everything you need to know in order to find your way to everyone else.

GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE

Shuttles

Conference hotel shuttle services the Phipps Conservatory and University of Pittsburgh. Ask at the desk about times and procedures.

Parking

Plenty of parking at the Phipps. To park at Pitt, we suggest Soldiers and Sailors parking garage at 4215 5th Avenue.

Phipps Conservatory Special Events Hall (Friday 8-4pm)

You’ll need to navigate the flora. From the front entrance, take stairs or elevator up to the main floor. Staff at the conservatory entrance will direct you to Special Events Hall.

Lawrence Hall (Friday 430-730pm; Saturday 1:15-2:30pm)

Use the entrance on Forbes. Rooms 120 and 121 are just past the common area.

Frick Fine Arts Building (Friday 8-10pm)

From main entrance, head left toward hallway. Room 125.

William Pitt Union, Assembly Room (Saturday 8-12 am)

Main floor. From the entrance on Fifth, turn right, pass the information desk.

Cathedral of Learning (Saturday 1045am-Sunday 1230pm)

Navigating the Cathedral will require patience. Our classrooms are distributed across three floors: the ground level (G24, G13); 2nd floor (208B); and especially 3rd floor (324, 352, 358, 363). You will enter on either the ground floor (from Forbes) or the first floor. There is a bank of elevators in the center of every floor, and eight stairwells to accommodate ascents and descents.

The breaks between concurrent sessions Saturday afternoon are short. We ask in advance for your patience with moving between them. We suggest “rehearsing” your navigation to your presentation space in advance of your presentation (or panel moderation), if possible!

Chatham University, Buhl Hall (Saturday 6-10 pm)

We hired buses for this event. (The buses are not fancy.) Two trips depart: the first at 545; the second at 615. Return: 9 pm and 10 pm.

Pick-up and drop-off on Bigelow, the William Pitt Union side of the street, by the bus shelters.

MOVEMENT

As you see, there will be much of this (in various senses, ideally). We hope that movement will not only keep us hale, and alert, but also that the short walks may occasion meeting someone nearby. Distances between buildings are noted in the program. On Friday we will have one ten-minute walk (.4 mi) and one five-minute walk (.2 mi). Let us know if you have any concern about transit.

WEATHER

Today rain is predicted. Consider bringing an umbrella; comfortable shoes; and layers.

REGISTRATION

Friday 8-4 at Phipps, Special Events Hall

Saturday 8-12 at William Pitt Union, Assembly Room

Sunday 8-10am at Cathedral of Learning, G24

TABLES

Please feel free to bring your materials to the Phipps on Friday. Saturday, tables will be set up from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Learning in two rooms: 345 and 349. There will also be table space at the Saturday evening Chatham reception.

FOOD

While you are with us, your meals will be taken care of, but you might wish to bring snacks or additional provisions. Friday notes: 1) breakfast is light. The Phipps café opens at 10 a.m. if you’d like something more substantial before lunch. 2) Friday’s boxed lunch takes dietary restrictions into account; if you are not vegetarian or vegan, we ask that you kindly leave these options for those who registered the preference. For food on your own, numerous options on Forbes Avenue (Red Oak Café, Pamela’s Diner) and Craig between Forbes and Fifth (Ali Baba, Bagel Factory, and the Union Grill).

Conference Schedule

2015 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison Schedule of Events

Phipps Conservatory, Special Events Hall

Thursday, November 5, 2015

6-9 PM       Community Kick-off Event and Town Hall

Phipps Conservatory, Special Events Hall

Friday, November 6, 2015

8 AM          Conference registration desk opens, refreshments
830-9         Opening remarks
9-1015       Plenary I: Futures
Rob Garite
Rebecca Ginsburg
1015-45     Coffee and conversation
1045-12     II: Higher Education in Prison Policy
The National Campaign to Abolish the Box
national “organization”
ATIF RAfay
12-1 PM     Lunch Provided
100-215     III: Pedagogy
EJP Language Partners
Higher Education Program, Indiana Women’s Prison*
The Incarceration to Education Coalition
215-245     Coffee and conversation
245-4         IV: Higher Education in Prison Politics and Ethics I
Erica Meiners
Marie Gottschalk
Puget Sound Critical Inquiry Group (FEPPS): Tanya erzen; Alyssa Knight; tonya wilson; and Marriam Oliver*

Lawrence Hall, University of Pittsburgh

445-615     Concurrent Sessions 1: Politics and Ethics
Education, Subjectivity and Abolition
LH 121
*Puget Sound Critical Inquiry Group (FEPPS), “Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in College Programs in Prison for Women” (Tanya Erzen, Tonya wilson, oh keating, gail BRASHEar, and felicia dixon), Sheri-Lynn S. KurisU, respondent;
Brady Heiner, “California’s Wild West: Advancing Abolition in a Moment of Rapid Change in the Politics and Economics of Prison Higher Education.”
Critical Argument for Higher Education in Prison
LH 120
Haneef Shakur, “Higher Education in Prison IS the Key to Prison Reduction”;
Jeri Kirby, “Security Through Education”;
Nancy Van Styvendale and Dianne Block, “‘Education to Heal’: Writing a Manifesto on the Right to Education in Jail”;
Johnny Page, “The Social Good”
Maggie Shelledy, “Beyond Recidivism: Making the Case for Higher Education in Prison.”
6-730         Dinner

Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh

8-1030       Keynote (Morales), Reading (WWW), and mixer (FFA 125 and Cloisters)
Airto Morales
Words Without Walls

Saturday, November 7, 2015

William Pitt Union, Assembly Room

8 AM          Conference registration desk opens, refreshments
800-830     Opening remarks: Peter Randle and Kimberley Moe
830-9         Plenary V Part I: HEP Politics and Ethics II
JODY LEWEN
9-1015       V Part II: HEP Politics and Ethics II
VIVIAN NIXON AND GLENN E. MARTIN
TEACHING FACILITATORS @ FCI MCKEAN*
TONY GASKEW, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT BRADFORD PRISON EDUCATION PROGRAM
1015-1045  Coffee and conversation

Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

1045-12     Concurrent Sessions 2Methods and Goals
Prison History Project*
WPU AH
HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM, INDIANA WOMEN’S PRISON
From Education to Advocacy: Taking Action in Support 
of Expanding Eligibility for Federal Higher Education 
Funding for Incarcerated Students (Pell Grants Workshop)  CL G24
VIVIAN NIXON AND GLENN E. MARTIN
National Campaign to Abolish the Box
CL 324
Exploring the Connections Between the Prison Classroom 
and the Public Voice During Reentry
CL 358 
STACY BELL MCQUAIDE, ELIZABETH BOUNDS, IYABO ONIPEDE, AND NIKKIA ROBERTS (THEOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AT LEE ARRANDALE STATE PRISON)
Strategic Approaches
CL 208B
CHRISTOPHER SHEA, “COMPARISON OF FOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCES/WAYS OF LEARNING, THREE IN CARCERAL SETTINGS”;
BRENDAN OZAWA-DE-SILVA AND THOMAS FABISIAK, “THE CHILLON PROJECT: DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING AN AA/BA DEGREE PROGRAM FOR INCARCERATED STUDENTS AND CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS IN POSITIVE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE”;
MATTHEW MCMILON AND JESSICA AGUSTIN, “COMMUNITY-BASED ART”;
LAURA LEIGH-MORRIS, “SCISSORGATE: OVERCOMING MIS/DISTRUST IN THE PRISON WRITING CLASSROOM.”
12-115 PM  Lunch Provided (G24) and Table Session (335 & 349)
115-230  Concurrent Sessions 3Pedagogy 
The Importance of Peer Facilitators 
for Correctional Education Programming*
Lawrence Hall 120 (where we had Friday dinner etc.) 
KEITH M. JAMES, SR., ADAM CLAUSEN, ARTURO CANTU, CHRIS CLEMMONS, AND ANTHONY BOYD (TEACHING FACILITATORS AT FCI MCKEAN), TONY GASKEW, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT BRADFORD PRISON EDUCATION PROGRAM
Participating in Public Policy Debates*
CL 324
HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM, INDIANA WOMEN’S PRISON
Demanding Colleges/Universities End Discriminatory and Exclusionary 
Practices: Abolishing THE BOX Through Student/Community Organizing
CL G24
INCARCERATION TO EDUCATION COALITION
Something Other than Progress: 
Resisting the Capitalist Logics of Higher Education in Prison
CL 358
ANNA PLEMONS, JIM CARLSON, AND CAROL HINDS
Pedagogical Demands
CL 208B
TIFFANY WEBB, “ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND GREEN JOBS TRAINING IN PRISONS”
JULIUS HILL, “KNOWLEDGE IS POWER”
WENDY WEIKAL-BEAUCHAT, “THE VIEW FROM THE INSIDE”
JEAN TROUNSTINE AND KARTER K. REED, “LEARNING THROUGH LETTERS”
245-4  Concurrent Sessions 4: Program Profiles and Research
Program Profiles and Research Roundtables I
CL G24
WENDY BALLEW, “CHANGING THE DISCOURSE: SURVEY OF IMPACT OF REENTRY PERFORMANCES ON REENTRY STUDENTS”;
WADE DEISMAN, “PROCESS IS EVERYTHING (OR ALMOST ANYWAY)”;
PAULINE MATTHEY, “TALK BACK”;
LINDA L. MOGHADAM, “THE TRANSFORMATIVE NATURE OF PRISON EDUCATION”;
BILL TAFT AND SARAH HIGINBOTHAM, “DIGNITY IN THE PRISON CLASSROOM”
Program Profiles and Research Roundtables II
CL G13
STACY BELL MCQUAIDE, “TEACHING THROUGH AN EXECUTION”
VICTORIA BRYAN, “THE PRISON OPPRESSES”
JODY COHEN AND ANNE DALKE, “CRITICAL HOPE: TOWARD A FULLER JUSTICE”
CHERYL MEYER, “RESEARCHING AND TEACHING IN A WOMEN’S PRISON”
MATTHEW SPELLBERG AND JARRETT DRAKE, “A JOURNALISM-BASED APPROACH TO TEACHING PREPARATORY WRITING IN PRISONS”
EDWARD WILTSE, “THE STORY SO FAR: NOTES ON LAUNCHING THE NAZARETH-GENNESSEE-GROVELAND COLLEGE IN PRISON PROGRAM”
Academic Freedom Behind Bars
CL 324
LANGUAGE PARTNERS, EDUCATION JUSTICE PROJECT
Pilot Programs in Puerto Rico and Alberta
CL 208B
AGNES BOSCH AND EDNA BENÍTEZ, “THE PILOT PROGRAM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND REHABILITATION: CHALLENGES AND EXPECTATIONS”
ARLETTE ZINCK AND RICHARD BARKER, “SOME STORIES CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT THE WORLD: A REFLECTION ON THE VALUE OF POST-SECONDARY PRISON EDUCATION AND LIBERAL ARTS”
Institutions
 WAS CL 358 NOW CL 313
DEBORAH SMITH ARTHUR, “BRIDGES TO THE FUTURE: UNIVERSITY/CORRECTIONS PARTNERSHIPS AS A SUSTAINABILITY ISSUE”
HEATHER GARRETSON, “ALL DISCIPLINES INSIDE”
CLARE STRANGE, “REFLECTIVE WRITING: SONGS ‘BORN IN PRISON’”
LINDA SUE CHEEK, “CHANGE THE CAMPS IN THE PRISON SYSTEM TO EDUCATIONAL CENTERS”
Working Notes from Teaching in Prison
CL 363
RAGHNILD UTHEIM, LISA BORODOVSKY, AND MICHELLE RONDA (MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE AT BEDFORD HILLS)
From the Ground Up: A Model for Building a Program in Prison
CL 352
JULIE L. DOOCHIN AND ANDY WATTS (CO-HOSTS OF 2016 NCHEP) WITH JULIUS HILL
415-530 Concurrent Sessions 5: Networks
Prison to School Pipeline: How Three Men Got Out of Prison, 
Earned Law Degrees, and Created Scholarships for Others
CL 324
BRUCE REILLY, ANDRES IDARRAGA, AND NOAH KILROY
The Inside Out Prison Exchange Program: 
Meeting Growing Needs in the Field
CL G24
LORI POMPA, NINA JOHNSON, AND TYRONE WERTS
Space and Identity
CL 208B
OTILIO ROSAS, “COOKING MOLE AS A FORM OF RESISTANCE: REDEFINING OUR SPACE AND IDENTITY, AND RECLAIMING OUR AUTONOMY”; REGGIE JONES, “PRISON BUNK POLITICS”; ROBIN BECKER, “LOCK DOWN RETREAT AT A PRISON ASHRAM—NINE DAYS OF COOL BOREDOM”; CHRISTOPHER SHEA “COMPARISON OF FOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCES/WAYS OF LEARNING, THREE IN CARCERAL SETTINGS”
Reflexive Innovation
CL G13
SIMONE WEIL DAVIS AND BRUCE MICHAELS “RIPPING OFF SOME ROOM FOR PEOPLE TO ‘BREATHE TOGETHER’: PEER-TO-PEER EDUCATION IN PRISON”
DANNY OLSON, “REFUSAL, CURIOSITY, INNOVATION”
CELINE PICCAR, “OPINIONS AND VIEWS ON HIGHER EDUCATION IN PRISON”
RAPHAEL GINSBERG, “TALKING ABOUT IDENTITY AS PERFORMANCE IN A PRISON CLASSROOM”
Climate and Context
CL 363
JENIFER DREW, “THE EUROPEAN PRISON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AND THE U.S: OBSERVATIONS AND IRONIES”
LILA MCDOWELL, “COLLEGE INSIDE OUT: THE IMPACT OF FORMERLY INCARCERATED GUEST SPEAKERS ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENTS”
SUE KASTENSEN, “CHANGING THE CLIMATE OF REENTRY”
CYRIL WALROND, “A MESSAGE FROM A PEDAGOGICAL PRISONER”
National "Organization" Conversation 
CL 358 
MARY GOULD, REBECCA GINSBURG, MARGARET ATKINS, KYES STEVENS, ROB SCOTT

Chatham University, Buhl Atrium

600-1000  National Coalition Discussion with dinner, reception

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

8-830 AM  Opening remarks: Jarrelle M. Marshall  CL G24
830-930  Plenary VI: Reflections on Learning CL G24
COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROJECT AT STETSON UNIVERSITY (PAMELA CAPPAS-TORO, ANDY EISEN, JELENA PETROVIC, ALEX PINKNEY JR., DANIEL RAINS, JOSHUA ROGERS, CHAUNCEY SIMPSON, AND JEREMY WARE.)
945-11  Roundtables and Workshops
College Readiness Programs in Transitional Correctional Facilities
CL 208B
FRANCA FERRARI-BRIDGERS, AGNIESZKA TUSZYNSKA, DR. KING, ROSE MARIE ÄIKÄS
Views from Stateville Prison
CL G24
DEMETRIUS CUNNINGHAM, “THE URBAN/PRISON ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INITIATIVE”; MARCOS GRAY, “HIGHER EDUCATION: WHY PRISONERS (MAXIMUM-SECURITY) NEED IT”; RONALD KLEINER, “WHY HIGHER EDUCATION SHOULD BE PROVIDED AND ALLOWED AT MAXIMUM-SECURITY PRISONS”; PATRICK PURSLEY, “FEATS OF MULTITALENTS IN ACADEMIC ACROBATICS IN PRISONS THAT ARE MAXIMUM”
Higher Education for the Formerly Incarcerated: 
Barriers and Supports (Pell Grant Roundtable)
CL 352 (Updated)
ELYSHIA D. ASELTINE
Debate, Dialogue, and Deeper Level
CL 208A

ELSINORE BENNU-MALAKKI, AMBER MORCZEK, AND DENISE KAMMERS

Subversive Play: Reacting to the Past and 
Game-Based Pedagogy in Prison CL G13 
JESSICA BLATT, AILEEN BAUMGARTNER AND MARK HIGBEE
Closing the Educational Gap Between Secondary and Postsecondary 
Education in Juvenile and Adult Corrections Education Systems 
Workshop CL 244A
GREGORY S. GAITHER
1115-1230  Wrap-Up and Closing Visions (group discussion)  CL G24

Conference updates–one month to go!

Hello all! We wanted to share some updates about the conference as we work to finalize our program*. Update topics covered in this post include plenary speakers, our Thursday evening kick-off event, lodging and travel, table space at the conference, and registration and donation. 

We look forward to seeing everyone in Pittsburgh next month! As always, please share any questions with us at nchep2015@gmail.com.

Plenary speakers:

We have a wonderful, challenging, and informative slate of plenary speakers, divided across six all-conference sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (four sessions on Friday, and one each on Saturday and Sunday morning). Check out a list of all of our confirmed plenary speakers to date on our conference schedule page.

We’ve also started to keep a running list of organizations, people, institutions, and academic units who have contributed labor or financial support to make our conference possible. Please refer back frequently to our thank you page as this list continues to grow!

Thursday evening kick-off: 

On Thursday, November 5, at 5:00 pm, we will be hosting a community kick-off event at the beautiful Phipps Conservatory Special Events Hall. We have an exciting line-up for this event (which will feature discussions about anti-incarceration justice work with youth, scholars, and community activists in a town hall setting) that we’ll be able to post details about shortly. If you’re interested in attending, please let us know on your registration form.

Lodging and travel: 

Update: the Wyndham contract now expires today, October 14

The block contracts at the Wyndham (deadline: October 9) and Hilton Garden Inn (deadline: October 12) both expire in less than a week. If you plan on making a reservation in one of these blocks, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

We’ve heard from several conference attendees who have had success finding more affordable staying options using Air B&B (airbnb.com). If you make a reservation using Air BnB, we recommend that you look for a place in the Oakland, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, or Bloomfield neighborhoods in order to be as close to the conference as possible (most conference events will take place in Oakland). Whether you stay in one of these neighborhoods, or in another part of the city, we also recommend that you look for lodging with easy access to one of the many Port Authority bus routes that serve the Oakland neighborhood–you might check out this online brochure with more information about bus routes that serve Oakland from various parts of the city, and browse the Port Authority website for more information, including a live trip planning web app. If you are speaking with a host, you could also ask about how accessible their property is to the “Cathedral of Learning.”

If you find an affordable hotel option and would like to talk with us about bus routes and other means of reliable access to conference events, feel free to send us an email–we want to help however we can.

If you have applied for conference travel support, we will be in touch with you soon about the amount that we can offer at this time. We are fundraising constantly so that we can give as much as we can. The best way for anyone to help us in this effort is to register with a fee, or make a tax-deductible donation (be sure to check “Prison Education Conference Fund”) to the conference. Go to our donation and registration page for more information.

Table space: 

If you would like to request table space at NCHEP 2015 to distribute or solicit information related to your institution or organization’s education in prison and/or anti-incarceration justice work, please let us know as soon as possible at nchep2015@gmail.com. We’ll do our best to accommodate everyone’s requests–and we hope that conference information tables will be a great way for people to connect and reconnect with some of the wonderful work everyone is doing in different parts of the country.

Registration: 

Our registration numbers look great! If you haven’t already registered (thanks to everyone who has!) we want to encourage you to do so as soon as possible, and we do ask that all conference attendees register by October 18. Please go to our donation and registration page for more information.

As a reminder: while there is no cost to attend our conference, your choice to register with a fee, or to register with no fee and separately submit a tax-deductible donation, will provide vital assistance toward our goal of making NCHEP 2015 as accessible as possible. You can access any of our registration or donation pages directly from the links to the left of this post.

*we do appreciate your patience with this process as we work to fit live videoconferencing events from around the U.S. into our schedule.

Announcement From the 2016 Conference Host!

The Tennessee Higher Education Initiative (THEInitiative) is pleased to announce that Belmont University has agreed to partner with our organization in the hopes of hosting the 2016 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison for November 36, 2016 on its central Nashville campus. THEInitiative is a Nashville-based 501(c)(3) that works in partnership with colleges and universities in Tennessee and the TDOC to provide access to degree-bearing higher education in the prisons. Since its founding in 2012, THEInitiative has primarily worked with Nashville State Community College by funding and coordinating on-site college programs at two medium security prisons in the greater Nashville area. Belmont University has also had presence in prisons in Nashville through its work with Janet Wolf and the Inside-Out program and more recently the many professors who teach in the THEInitiative college program as adjunct for Nashville State. The conference will be sponsored by the THEInitiative and Belmont University’s Colleges of Health Sciences, Theology and Christian Ministry and Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Belmont University and THEInitiative are working on solidifying funding for the conference and, barring any extraordinary circumstances, look forward to bringing the conference to Nashville and the Southeast and its unique culture of social justice and activity in mass incarceration.

Best,

Julie L. Doochin, Ed.D., Director

Tennessee Higher Education Initiative

  1. 615.400.7811|f. 615.829.8707

jdoochin@theinitiativetn.org

www.THEInitiativeTN.org

Online donation is now live!

Our online donation procedure is now live. Donations are tax-deductible–you will receive a receipt directly from the Pitt Office of Institutional Advancement (100% of your donation will go to support the conference). Please go to our donation and registration page for information on how to donate and register to the conference. If you make a donation, and also plan on attending, we still ask that you fill out our registration form–you can do this from our donation and registration page, or by using the links on the right sidebar.

There is no cost to attend our conference–but if you are able to donate, or register with a fee, we can’t thank you enough for helping us to make this conference as accessible as possible.

Stay tuned on this space for exciting updates about the conference schedule and program, plenary speakers, and more. Looking forward to meeting everyone in November!