The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men will hold a luncheon to offer students and HWS community members the opportunity to engage in a discussion about the Cornell Prison Education program. The discussion and lunch, which will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Demarest 212 on Thursday, April 7, continues the Center’s year-long dialogue on imprisonment and its many forms.
Led by Mary Katzenstein and Jim Schechter of the Cornell Prison Education Program, the dialogue will highlight details and aspects of the program, as well as consider the prospect of developing a similar program at HWS. Gideon Porter ’12 will join the discussion, having led a student effort to create a HWS Prison Program.
Katzenstein is the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies and professor in the Government Department and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Cornell University. She served as the faculty director of the Cornell Prison Education Program from 2008 to 2009. She has written on feminist activism cross-nationally focusing particularly on the United States, Europe and India. Her most recent research focuses on felony disenfranchisement, and she teaches a popular course on prisons and incarceration.
Since 2008, Schechter has served as the executive director of the Cornell Prison Education Program. He holds a Ph.D in cultural anthropology, having conducted long-term fieldwork in a UN refugee camp in northeast Africa. He has since worked extensively in community development, managing local re-entry programs and overseeing a child development/parent education program in Elmira, N.Y.
Staff, faculty and students are invited to this event. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, April 5.