Incarceration Nation

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 2 - 3:30pm

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In late 2016, The Corrections Corporation of America changed its name to CoreCivic – a deliberate re-branding of a for-profit company noted for high recidivism, as well as its lobbying efforts to build new prison facilities and affect legislation toward growth.  The makeover increases marketing toward post-release prison facilities and detention centers for those awaiting deportation.  The PEN Prison Writing Program presents this public and private look at a private prison profiteer – the impact of its language and perception.  

With Kofi Antwi, Natalie Auerbach, Jason Burstein, Tom Cocotos, Rita Hickey, Helen Hofling, Hannah Jackson, Hanan Mahbouba, Wanda Moore, Ron Mwangaguhunga, Lorraine Rice, Emily Rubin, Tariq Shah, Tim Small, Jackson Taylor, Monica Trausch, Crystal Yeung, Anila Zaidi.

This is a ticketed event ($10) and is part of the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival.

Hosted by the Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.