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Bard Prison Initiative (BPI): Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 07, 2020, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
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Bard Prison Initiative (BPI): Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Special Event (conference registrants only)
Join us for a special 40-minute reel of College Behind Bars, the Emmy-nominated film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. In looking at the lives and experiences of Bard Prison Initiative (@BPIbard) students and their families, the film confronts and challenges conventional wisdom about the purpose of both education and incarceration. Stay with us after the film for a 30-minute panel discussion with BPI alumni.

Jed Tucker Moderator: Jed B. Tucker, PhD,  is the founding and current Director of Reentry & Research Scholar at the Bard Prison Initiative. A member of the BPI faculty since 2003, Tucker is an anthropologist who has researched, written, and lectured about college-in-prison and its effects post-release. His publications include an article in the Journal of African American History titled, “Malcolm X, the Prison Years: The Relentless Pursuit of Formal Education” (2017). He previously taught anthropology on the main campus of Bard College and at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Tucker holds a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology from Teachers College, Columbia University; an M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University; and a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dyjuan TatroDyjuan Tatro, BA, (@DyjuanTatro) is the Government Affairs & Advancement Officer at the Bard Prison Initiative and a BPI alumnus, an active member of the Fortune Society’s Board of Directors, and a nationally recognized public speaker. He brings a critical perspective to legal reform and advocates for expanding access to higher education in prison. While incarcerated, Dyjuan was a member of the BPI debate team that defeated Harvard University in 2015.

Dyjuan leverages his education and experience to articulate the monumental failures of mass incarceration and over-policing. He works to enact sweeping legal reforms at the municipal, state, and federal levels through successful allocation of public funds toward re-entry services and college in prison. He has worked on national social impact campaigns designed to shift public opinion in favor of Pell Restoration and humanize people who are incarcerated in the public consciousness.

William McKethanWilliam McKethan, BS, a native of Jamaica, Queens, New York, was incarcerated for 27 years in the NYS Department of Corrections. He attended Bard Prison Initiative, where he earned an Associates in Arts Degree and completed Bard's Public Health Specialization Curriculum. William went on to graduate with a Bachelors of Science from Nyack College, majoring in organizational management. William is a Community Engagement Liaison at Neighbors in Action/Save Our Streets in Crown Heights Brooklyn, and is on the Board of Directors of fINEQUITY, a newly established corporation that focuses on teaching incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women how to establish credit, build scores responsibly, and provides participants with no interest loans to end homelessness and achieve financial inclusion. William is also is a 2020-2021 BPI Public Health Fellow.

Shawn YoungShawn Young, BA, (@ShawnYoung_) is the Co-founder of All Of Us Community Action Group, a Black-led grassroots organization located in the greater Capital Region of New York. Shawn has worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector for both state-wide and local organizations that work to help others and create positive societal change. Shawn values, prioritizes, and spends every day working toward creating a better world and the larger “we” through leadership development, coalition building, and lifting up the voices of those most impacted and often left unheard.

Shawn’s experiences as a formerly incarcerated Black man from a low-income neighborhood impacted his core values and taught him how the continued existence of oppression and a lack of equity, equality, and justice impact the most marginalized people. For Shawn, this meant standing up, speaking out and being an advocate. Today, Shawn is known for speaking truth to power. He stands as an activist, organizer, and leader fighting for an end to poverty, racism, bigotry, and all forms of oppression and exploitation. Shawn is committed to the realization of true and complete social justice through grassroots organizing, developing and supporting local community leaders, and leading with the voices of poor, marginalized, and impacted people.

Shawn has organized and led community meetings with anywhere from 10-150 people and rallies and demonstrations over 9,000. He is often invited to speak at local college campuses and community panel discussions. He works in coalition with various community groups and organizations. Shawn Young is ready for the long road ahead, appreciates the daily sacrifice his family makes, and is proud of his ever-expanding village, community, and collective which work united across social differences, united in their common struggles and motivated by their future successes.

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