The event features a book reading and discussion with Kaia Stern, Director of the Prison Studies Project and Lecturer at Harvard University; she will be reading from her first book Voices from American Prisons: Faith, Education and Healing. Kaia will be joined by Pony Holmstrom, who participated in a college education program while in prison and was part of the Partakers mentoring program.
Kaia Stern has taught at Sing Sing, Norfolk, and Framingham prisons. Based on in-depth interviews with people who were incarcerated, as well as extensive conversations with students, teachers, corrections staff, and prison administrators, her book introduces the voices of those who have participated in the few remaining post-secondary education programs that exist behind bars. Drawing on individual narrative and various modern day case examples, she focuses on dehumanization, resistance, and community transformation. She demonstrates how prison education is essential, can provide healing, and yet is still not enough to interrupt mass incarceration. In short, this book explores the possibility of transformation from a retributive punishment system to a system of justice.
This event is open to the public, visitors welcome. Snacks will be served!