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BPI Celebrated its 15th Commencement Ceremony

On January 21, 2017, BPI celebrated its 15th Commencement ceremony at Eastern Correctional Facility; 57 Bard College degrees were conferred, bringing our total graduates to 430. Jonathan Holloway, renowned historian and dean of Yale College, delivered the commencement address. 
  

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Scholars Behind Bars

Scholars Behind Bars
The New York Review of Books featured the publications of two members of the Bard Prison Initiative team: Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Distinguished Fellow at the BPI, and Daniel Karpowitz, Director of Policy and National Programs of BPI. Both Lagemann's Liberating Minds: The Case for College in Prison and Karpowitz's College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration are sure to impact the way education in prison is understood in the United States.
 

JFK Library Foundation Honors Max Kenner, Executive Director of BPI, with the New Frontier Award

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics honors Max Kenner, executive director of BPI, with the New Frontier Award in recognition of his community service.
 

Exercise in Student Activism Opens Doors to Academic Achievement

Exercise in Student Activism Opens Doors to Academic Achievement
Lumina Foundation's recent issue of In Focus features BPI, elaborating on the culmination of our program, and how it has grown and expanded to at least 13 states over the last 15 years. Moreover, Max Kenner, executive director of BPI, tells the Foundation our overarching goal to is make education the most important thing in our students' lives, and the incredible progress and growth of our students prove that education works.