Past Events

Spring 2017

Alumni Panel


 Saturday, May 13th at 2:00PM in RKC 103.

Join four BPI alumni for a discussion of their various experiences as Bard students while incarcerated, their lives – including education – since release, and their reflections on the role and meaning of a liberal arts education. Jed Tucker, BPI’s Director of Reentry, will moderate the discussion and the Q&A that will follow. There will be a reception following the panel.

Fall 2016

Prison Terminal Screening


Screening and Post-Commentary by Allison McKim & Director Edgar Barens

October 6th, 2016. 4:45 – 6: 15 pm. Weis Cinema.

Event Description: Barens’ film portrays the final months of a terminally ill incarcerated man and the work of the hospice volunteers, themselves incarcerated men, who care for him. Prison Terminal draws on footage that Barens shot over a six-month period at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject Documentary in 2014.

Edgar Barens received his BFA in Film and Photography and MFA in Cinematography from Southern Illinois University. He is currently Social Documentary Developer in the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

After screening the film, which is just about 40 minutes long, we will have commentary from both Edgar Barens and Allison McKim, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bard.

Spring 2016

BPI Speaker Series: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education; Reflections on 15 Years of the Bard Prison Initiative

A Talk by Max Kenner, the Founder & Director of BPI


April 7th, 2016. 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Weis Cinema.