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Transformative Education in Prison and Beyond

Dates: March 29 & 30, 2019

Venue: University of Wyoming Conference Center (at the Hilton Garden Inn) - Laramie, Wyoming

Registration for this event is free.  

link to registration 

We tentatively plan to live stream our panel sessions. Check back for more information and a link. Please note that keynote talks will not be included in the live stream.


The purpose of this two-day, solution-oriented symposium is to advance the field of education in prison, as well as efforts to support formerly incarcerated people in their transition from incarceration to freedom.  The event will consist of various panel discussions, interactive workshops, and keynote addresses by leaders in the field.

The fact that higher education, specifically the humanities, transforms the lives of prison inmates is remarkable -- and the transformation is lasting. Quality education supports the development of emotional intelligence as well as academic growth, and prepares people to live successful lives post-release. Using education to improve the lives of the disadvantaged and underserved populations who end up in prison supports social justice. The Symposium will focus on enhancing current programs, strategizing and implementing new programs, and sharing solutions to existing challenges.

Male inmates graduating with vocational certificatesInstructor teaching to prison inmatesFemale inmates studying

Keynote speakers and special guests

We are incredibly excited about the collection of speakers and panelists that are gathering for the Symposium, making this a truly remarkable event. Visit our keynote speakers and special guests page to find out more. See our Symposium Agenda to see a full list of topics and speakers.


Damon Horowitz, Professor of Philosophy and Serial Entrepreneur (keynote)

Jody Lewen, Founder & Executive Director of the Prison University Project (keynote)

Ben Walker, Founder & Manager of The Crito Project, United Kingdom (special guest)

Wyoming Department of Corrections (various special guests)

Wyoming incarcerated students (special guests, speaking from correctional facilities)


The 2019 Symposium begins at 9:00 AM on Friday, March 29th and concludes at 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 30th. 

View our draft symposium agenda.

Venue, lodging, food, and other information


The Symposium will be held at the UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn (2229 E Grand Ave; get directions). For other local lodging and food options, go to the Visit Laramie website.  


Snacks and beverages will be provided throughout the event. Meals are not provided. 

Flying to Laramie:

Flight option 1: Fly into Laramie Regional Airport. (Most convenient, most expensive option. Often less expensive to arrive/depart on weekdays.)

Flight option 2: Fly into Cheyenne Regional Airport then rent a car. (About a 60-minute drive in good weather, though March can have challenging weather. May be less expensive than flying into Laramie.)

Flight option 3: Fly into Denver International Airport then rent a car or use the GreenRide shuttle. (Likely the least expensive, least convenient option. Travel from DIA to Laramie is about 3-hours in good weather).  

Supporting groups

The Symposium on Transformative Education in Prison and Beyond is co-hosted by the University of Wyoming Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Wyoming Pathways from Prison who have previously partnered to bring Stoicism programming to Wyoming correctional facilities. 

Primary funding is through the UW College of Arts & Sciences. Other sponsors include: Social Justice Research Center, College of Law Defender Aid Clinic, School of Culture, Gender, and Social Justice, Department of English, College of Education, the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, and the Correctional Education Association


Email Alec Muthig ( with questions or for more information.

Contact Us

Wyoming Pathways from Prison

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-3427


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