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Dates: March 29 & 30, 2019
Venue: University of Wyoming Conference Center (at the Hilton Garden Inn) - Laramie, Wyoming
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.
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