Scholar of incarceration Baz Dreisinger to deliver Carleton convocation
In her presentation, titled, “Incarceration Nation: A Journey to Justice in Prisons around the World,” Dreisinger will examine the meaning of justice.
Baz Dreisinger, an author, critic, and scholar of incarceration, will deliver Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, April 30, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. over Zoom. In her presentation, titled, “Incarceration Nation: A Journey to Justice in Prisons around the World,” she will examine the meaning of justice.
Dreisinger is the founding academic director of the Prison-to-College Pipeline program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The program offers college courses and re-entry planning to incarcerated men at Otisville Correction Facility, and broadly works to increase access to higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Dreisinger’s recent book, “Incarceration Nation: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World,” was acclaimed by The New York Times, NPR, and other outlets, and was named a notable book of 2016 by the Washington Post. Dreisinger has also worked as a journalist and critic, writing about Caribbean culture, race-related issues, travel, music, and pop culture for outlets such as TheNew York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. Her first book, “Near Black: White-to-Black Passing in American Culture,” was published in 2008 and has since been featured in The New York Times,as well as on NPR and CNN.
Dreisinger was named a 2017–18 Global Fulbright Scholar and is working to internationally replicate the Prison-to-College Pipeline, with a focus on the Caribbean and South Africa. She is currently working on a road map for how prison-to-college pipelines and restorative justice can replace mass incarceration as a system of justice.
She received her BA from Queens College, City University of New York and her MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University.
Convocation is sponsored by Carleton College Events. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308.