The Role of Transformative Education in Successful Reentry: A Community Discussion

Friday, September 8, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, September 9, 2017 (All day)
Event Location: 
2520D, University Capitol Centre
201 S. Clinton St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
Incarcerated men having a discussion in a classroom

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights is pleased to host a conference and community forum on access to education and employment opportunities for Iowa's incarcerated men and women. The Role of Transformative Education in Successful Reentry invites attendees to consider how communities can support access to (higher) education and employment opportunities for Iowa’s currently incarcerated men and women. Hear from representatives from leading college-in-prison programs around the country sharing how their programs have succeeded in building pathways to success for their students, and learn how the University of Iowa is making efforts to provide such opportunities here in Iowa.

The event will take place on Friday, September 8, and Saturday, September 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days, in University Capitol Centre room 2520D (2nd floor of the Old Capitol Mall).

Guests will include

  • Daniel Karpowitz, co-founder of The Bard Prison Initiative and author of College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration
  • Fred Patrick, director of the Center on Sentencing & Corrections, The Vera Institute of Justice
  • Kyle Horn, founder of America’s Job Honor Awards
  • Eddie Moore, Jr., founder of The Privilege Institute
  • The Liberal Arts in Prison Program – Grinnell, Iowa
  • College Unbound – Providence, Rhode Island
  • Metropolitan Community College 180 Reentry Assistance Program – Omaha, Nebraska
  • Several returned citizens who will share their personal stories of struggle for successful reentry in the state of Iowa

Forums will be provided for small group discussions with leading experts in the field concerning educational programming in prisons; racial disparities in the criminal justice system; local advocacy opportunities for reentry, sentencing reform, and ban-the-box efforts; strengthening family and community bonds.

Daniel Karpowitz will read from his book at Prairie Lights on Saturday, September 9th, at 7:00 p.m.

All of these events are free and open to the public. Registration is requested, as seating is limited. Register here.

Contact Kathrina Litchfield at kathrina-litchfield@uiowa.edu, 319-321-4997, with any questions.

This community conference is hosted by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, with generous support from the UI Office of Outreach & Engagement (Community Impact Grant), The National Institute of Corrections, The Vera Institute of Justice, and The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.