Baz Dreisinger (U.S.)Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
(1.5 hrs. approximate run time)
Join us for reading with journalist and justice reform expert Baz Dreisinger who will be presenting her book Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World.
Dr. Baz Dreisinger works at the intersection of race, crime, culture and justice. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, specializing in American and African-American studies. At John Jay she is the Founding Academic Director of John Jay’s Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which offers college courses and reentry planning to incarcerated men at Otisville Correctional Facility, and broadly works to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Dr. Dreisinger’s book Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World (2016) was heralded by the New York Times, NPR and many more, and was named a notable book of 2016 by the Washington Post.
Professor Dreisinger moonlights as a journalist and critic, writing about Caribbean culture, race-related issues, travel, music and pop culture for such outlets as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, and producing on-air segments about music and global culture for National Public Radio (NPR). Her first book Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture (2008) was featured in the New York Times and on NPR and CNN. Together with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Spirer, Professor Dreisinger produced and wrote the two nationally aired documentaries about hip-hop, criminal justice and the prison industrial complex. She regularly speaks about justice reform and prison issues on popular news media and in international settings.
Eric Boyd is a recipient of the PEN Prison Writing Award and now a longtime mentor in the program. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Prison Noir and Words Without Walls (also the name of the prison writing program Boyd currently assists for Chatham University). Boyd holds an MFA from the Writer’s Foundry in Brooklyn. He is the editor of The Pittsburgh Anthology (Belt Publishing) and is working on a novel about modern-day trainhopping.