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02/13/19: NYU PEP Invites Applications for Two Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions

The Prison Education Program at New York University (PEP) invites applications for two Postdoctoral Fellowships to start Fall 2019. This fellowship is open to scholars across disciplines whose research focuses on issues germane to prison studies, prison education and social impacts of incarceration and criminal punishment.

To learn more about the position and to apply, please follow the application instructions provided at the link below.

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02/12/19: Carceral Crisis Speakers Series, February 13th - May 8th, 2019

The Carceral Crisis speaker series is part of the spring semester course on Carceral Crisis: Race, Class and Punishment in America taught by postdoctoral fellow Zhandarka Kurti in the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU. Throughout the semester, Professor Kurti will be hosting a series of speakers allowing students to reflect on historical roots of America’s carceral crisis, its collateral consequences and current reform efforts.

All presentations will take place at 20 Cooper Square on the 4th floor and will be followed by discussions. This series is a public event and open to all who are interested.

11/29/18: Voice: Voices of the Incarcerated with Creative Expression

NYU PEP students have published a second volume of work, written and edited by students at Wallkill while taking the 2018 summer course Creating a Publication, called “Voice : Voices of the Incarcerated with Creative Expression.” This publication follows a first volume of writing titled “Broken Silence” published in summer of 2017.

NYU students enrolled in Publication Course at Wallkill Correctional Facility

10/30/18: Behind Bars, Three Men Graduate With Their NYU Degrees

On Monday October 29th, the NYU Prison Education Program celebrated its second graduation at Wallkill Correctional Facility and three students graduated from NYU with their Associate’s degree in Liberal Studies.

Photo and story by Sam Klein as published in the Washington Square News.

10/15/18: In Memory of Bruce Mobley

It is with tremendous sadness that we share that NYU PEP student Bruce Mobley passed away suddenly on Saturday September 22nd, 2018, only two weeks after enrolling in his first course with NYU.

One of his classmates, Gregory Headley, wrote a piece for Washington Square News about his lasting impact within Wallkill.

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09/24/18: Derick McCarthy has won a PEN America Award for "The Box"

Derick McCarthy has been announced a 2018 Prison Writers Award Winner. His PEN prize-winning story, “The Box,” was first published in the current NYU student journal the Gallatin Review and won a prize for prose. Derick was also an editor of and contributor to Broken Silence , the first book of NYU Prison Education Program student writing created and published in the course “Creating a Publication” taught by Allyson Paty at Wallkill Correctional Facility.

08/02/18: BRIC Free Speech Initiative Graduates Five NYU PEP Alumni

In a first-time partnership, BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech initiative partnered with the NYU Prison Education Program and graduated a class of five students with  certification in podcast and video production.

Former NYU PEP students filming and interviewing in the streets of Brooklyn

06/27/18: Universities Are Hotbeds of Scholarship on Mass Incarceration. But Are They Doing Enough to Fix the Problem?

The Chronicle of Higher Ed. features the NYU Prison Education Program in a discussion about the role of Universities and ending mass incarceration.

04/30/18: The Wallkill Journal

We’re thrilled to introduce The Wallkill Journal, a digital blog and special print section of the weekly NYU student newspaper, Washington Square News, that will feature contributing writers who are incarcerated at Wallkill Correctional Facility.

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03/26/18: NYU's Prison Education Program Receives $1 Million Grant

NYU has received a $1 million, three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support its Prison Education Program (PEP), an initiative that brings a college education to incarcerated individuals at New York’s Wallkill Correctional Facility.

02/20/18: Event Recap of After Now: Navigating Life After Prison

The NYU Center for the Humanities hosted the premiere screening of After Now, a documentary film following three PEP students transitioning to life in New York City after years of incarceration.

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10/16/17: NYU's Prison Education Program Celebrates First Graduation

Five men became the first graduates of NYU’s Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility on October 12, 2017. The graduates earned Associate of Arts Degrees from New York University in Liberal Studies with the program.

10/13/17: NYU's Prison Education Program Graduates Five Students in Inaugural Class

Ryan Burrell, Roy Burvick, Danis Flores, Khalan Pendelton and Vincent Thompson became the first graduates of NYU’s Prison Education Program yesterday afternoon. All five students received associate’s degrees in Liberal Studies.

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08/07/17: Governor Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Vance Announce Recipients of $7.3 Million Investment in College-Level Education and Reentry Services

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced today that they’ve awarded $7.3 million to fund educational programming and reentry services at 17 New York State prisons over the next five years.

08/06/17: NYU Prison Education Program Announced Recipient of New York State Grant as Part of Governor Cuomo's Plan to Bring College Classes to About 2,500 Incarcerated People

On August 6th, 2017, the New York Times published that more than $7 million in grants have been awarded to a variety of colleges around the state as part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to increase college courses offered in prisons.

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