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Keynote Speaker

Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet, lawyer, 2021 MacArthur Fellow, and Executive Director of Freedom Reads, a not- for-profit organization installing Freedom Libraries in prisons across the country.


Opening and Keynote Address

Time: 9:15 a.m. EST

Opening remarks from EPI Founding Director Mneesha Gellman & Interim President William Gilligan

Keynote: Reginald Dwayne Betts

Moderator: Wendy Walters

Panel: What Does The Data Tell Us?

Time: 11:00 a.m. EST

Panelists: Kurtis Tanaka, Sally Moran Davidson & Robert Tynes

Moderator: Stephen Shane

Panel: Testimonials From EPI Alumni

Time: 1:30 p.m. EST

Panelists: John Yang, Mac Hudson, David Baxter & Ahmad Bright

Moderator: Cara Moyer-Duncan

Roundtable: Leadership on Higher Education in Prison

Time: 3:15 p.m. EST

Featuring: Lee Pelton, Senator Jamie Eldridge, Representative Mary S. Keefe & Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz

Moderator: Mneesha Gellman

Film Screening: College Behind Bars

Time: 5:00 p.m. EST

Q&A: Robert Tynes & Dyjuan Tatro

Co-sponsored by the Emerson Prison Initiative, the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department, the Marlboro Institute, the Social Justice Center, the School of the Arts, the School of Communication, Office of the Arts, Office of Internationalization and Equity, and the Graduate Studies Program at Emerson College