College Behind Bars Film Screening and Discussion

Out of the more than 50,000 men and 2,500 women incarcerated in New York state, only a tiny fraction have access to higher education. College Behind Bars explores the transformative power of education through the eyes of a dozen incarcerated men and women trying to earn college degrees -- and a chance at new beginnings -- through one of the country’s most rigorous prison education programs. It’s a program with wide-ranging benefits, including lower rates of recidivism, and it challenges our prioritization of punishment over education. A film by Lynn Novick.

Panel Participants:
Dyjuan Tatro, Bard Prison Initiative Alum

Julia Lourie, Advancement Officer, Bard Prison Initiative

Elizabeth Nevins, Clinical Professor and Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Justice Clinic, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

SM Rodriguez, scholar-activist and Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Hofstra University Criminology Program

Moderated by Liena Gurevich, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Hofstra University Criminology Program


In collaboration with the Department of SociologyCriminology Program; and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law.

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center

 Presented in conjunction with the series The Legacy 1619-2019, recognizing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to North America and the ongoing experience of African Americans.


Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center


This event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP by using the RSVP for this Event link.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020



Fortunoff Theater
Monroe Lecture Center
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Hofstra Cultural Center

Phone: 516-463-5669
Website: Click to Visit

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