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10th Anniversary Video

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.

Celebrating BPI's 11th Commencement

The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) held its 11th commencement at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Woodbourne, New York, on Saturday, May 31. BPI awarded associate in arts degrees to 36 students. The commencement speaker was Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, D–New York, who was honored with Bard College’s John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service.

BPI Featured on NPR's Marketplace: In Prison and Getting an Education

BPI Featured on NPR's Marketplace: <i>In Prison and Getting an Education</i>
In a classroom, about a dozen men are discussing "The Odyssey," talking about the part where Odysseus comes home after being away for so long.  It’s hard not to imagine that the story has an added poignancy for them, students in the Bard College program at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a prison in upstate New York.

NPR Ed Interview with a Recent BPI Alumnus: A Former Drug Dealer Gives a Great Defense of the Liberal Arts

NPR Ed Interview with a Recent BPI Alumnus:<em> A Former Drug Dealer Gives a Great Defense of the Liberal Arts</em>
In preparation for my visit to the 11th annual commencement ceremony of the Bard Prison Initiative,
I sat down for a conversation with Donnell Hughes, an alumnus of the program. BPI, as it's called, gives inmates
at six prisons around New York state the opportunity to
study in person with professors not only from Bard
College, but from MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Vassar and
local community colleges.