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Celebrating BPI's 12th Commencement

Last month, 51 students received Bard degrees and Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate. Of those graduates completing bachelor's degrees, nearly half majored in math. Their Senior Projects range from the development of a new method for sifting prime numbers, to an application of game theory, to the health care market. This short film celebrates that ceremony, the generosity of Cardinal Dolan, and the accomplishments of those graduates.

10th Anniversary Film

A milestone was marked in 2011 as the Bard Prison Initiative celebrated its 10th year of providing meaningful higher education and opportunity to incarcerated men and women. To document a decade of student and alumni achievements in New York and through the national Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, BPI produced a twelve-minute film, made by filmmaker Frank duPont.



Should Prisons Offer Degree-Granting Courses to Convicted Felons?  An Influencial Conservative Voice Says Yes.

Should Prisons Offer Degree-Granting Courses to Convicted Felons?  An Influencial Conservative Voice Says Yes.
Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, attended the twelfth BPI Commencement ceremony on January 24.  Among the graduates were newly minted experts in advanced math, literature, and social studies. 

BPI Leaders Spoke at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting on April 17, 2015

BPI Leaders Spoke at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting on April 17, 2015
Ellen Condliffe Lagemann - AERA Distinguished Lecturer, BPI DIstinguished Fellow, leading historian of education, and nationally known expert on education research - presented "College in Prison: A Cause in Need of Advocacy Research." Craig Wilder, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Daniel Karpowitz, and Jed Tucker were panelists for the "College in Prison: A Necessity in Moving 'Toward Justice'" session. 

The AERA Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research. It is a showcase for ground-breaking, innovative studies in a diverse array of educational areas.