One Book One Community 2015
In her memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison, Piper
Kerman recounts the year that she spent in the Danbury Correctional
Facility for a crime she had
committed ten years prior as a very
brief, very careless dalliance in the
world of drug trafficking. Compelling, moving, and often
hilarious, the stories of the women
she met while in prison raise issues of friendship and family, mental
illness, the odd cliques and codes of
behavior, the role of religion, the
uneasy relationship between
prisoner and jailor, and the almost
complete lack of guidance for life
The memoir was also adapted into an
original Netflix series of the same
name by Jenji Kohan.
Checkout the selection in one of our various formats here.
Prison & Beyond: A panel discussion on women's incarceration and rehabilitation
A distinguished panel of speakers will discuss issues and questions surrounding the rehabilitation, education and services available to women after their release from prison.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
7:00 p.m. A reception with light refreshments immediately following in the Koch Commons
Ivy Tech Community College, Vectren Auditorium, 3501 N. First Avenue
Dr. Melissa Stacer, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, USI (Moderator)
- Dr. Margaret Stevenson, Associate Professor of Psychology, UE
- Ms. Jennifer Schaefer, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Ivy Tech
- Mr. Ben Joergens, Financial Empowerment Officer, Old National Bank
- Ms. Jodi Uebelhack, Director, Vanderburgh County Treatment Court
- Women who have participated in the Department of Corrections’ recovery program
Free and open to the public.
If you are in need of ADA accommodations, please contact Brad Reel at (812) 429-9809 by September 1st.
ONE BOOK ONE COMMUNITY AUTHOR EVENT
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Victory Theatre, Downtown Evansville
Free, public discussion of the book and Ms. Kerman's prison advocacy efforts, including a book-signing immediately after the presentation.
For a list of "read-alike" selections, click here.
For a list of "view-alike selections, click here.
For a list of discussion questions, click here.
Piper Kerman Information
Ms. Kerman has delivered lectures to campuses across the country, including
the University of Tulsa, Roanoke College, Fairfield University, Rutgers
University, New York Law School, and many others.
She has spoken at the
White House, and also to groups that include the American Correctional
Association's Disproportionate Minority Confinement Task Force, federal
probation officers, public defenders, justice reform advocates and
volunteers, and formerly and currently incarcerated people. She serves on
the board of the Women's Prison Association.