Fri, Nov 13, 2015, 4:30 pm
Aaron Burr 219

Who do we educate, and why?

Join us for a public conversation about the value of prison education in America today.

This is a critical time in the trajectory of prison education, both in the country as a whole and at Princeton itself. President Obama announced this summer that Pell grants, which provide federal funding for college education, are to be reinstated to prison inmates, allowing incarcerated students access to funding for tertiary education for the first time since 1994. On campus, there is a growing body of Princeton faculty and students who teach and tutor in prisons through a variety programs. There is thus an urgent need for both practical and theoretical conversation about the relationship between the contemporary prison system and the academy, asking questions such as. “The Prison and the Academy,” a two-part event at Princeton University, will seek to address the following questions among others:  

What is the responsibility of academics and the academy to ensure access to higher education within prisons?

What kinds of education might academics provide within prisons?

Should prison education be a worthy by-product of the academic life, or integral to the work of academic institutions and professionals?


Nancy S. Rabinowitz (Hamilton College)
Dan-el Padilla Peralta  (Columbia University)
Kesha Moore (Drew University)
James Wetzel (Villanova University) 

Following brief presentations from our discussants, we look forward to an open discussion with the audience. Reception to follow.

Questions? Contact the organizers Jessica Wright ( and Jill Stockwell (

Sponsored by: University Center for Human Values; Department of Classics; Department of Comparative Literature; The Program in Teacher Preparation; Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities; Princeton University Council of the Humanities