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Bard Prison Initiative, Anthropology Program, American Studies Program, and Religion Program Present

Thursday, March 30, 2017
God Behind Bars: The Rise of Faith-Based Prison Ministries in an Age of Mass Incarceration
Campus Center, Weis Cinema
6:00 pm

Tanya Erzen
Associate Professor, University of Puget Sound
Director, Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

In prisons throughout the United States, punitive incarceration and religious revitalization are occurring simultaneously. Faith-based prison ministries operate under the logic that religious conversion and redemption will transform prisoners into new human beings. Why are Christian prison ministries on the rise amidst an increasingly punitive system of mass incarceration? How do people in prison practice religion in a space of coercion and discipline? What are theimplications of the state's promotion of Christianity over other religious traditions in some prisons? And, why have conservative Christians, particularly, embraced criminal justice reform?

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Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema