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The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights is pleased to host a conference and community forum on access to education and employment opportunities for Iowa's incarcerated men and women.

For detailed information regarding the UI Speaker Series at Oakdale, and for a schedule of the conference, please click here.


Friday, September 8, 9am-5pm, UCC 2520D (2nd floor of the Old Capitol Mall)

Saturday, September 9, 9am-5pm, UCC 2520D

“The Role of Transformative Education in Successful Reentry” invites attendees to consider how communities can support access to (higher) education and employment opportunities for Iowa’s currently incarcerated men and women. Hear from representatives from leading college-in-prison programs around the country sharing how their programs have succeeded in building pathways to success for their students, and learn how the University of Iowa is making efforts to provide such opportunities here in Iowa.

Please register here for this event.

Guests include:

Daniel Karpotwitz, Co-founder of The Bard Prison Initiative and author of College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration

Fred Patrick, Director of the Center on Sentencing & Corrections, The Vera Institute of Justice

Kyle Horn, Founder of America’s Job Honor Awards

Eddie Moore, Jr., Founder of The Privilege Institute

The Liberal Arts in Prison Program – Grinnell, Iowa

College Unbound – Providence, Rhode Island

Metropolitan Community College 180 Reentry Assistance Program – Omaha, Nebraska

Several returned citizens will share their personal stories of struggle for successful reentry in the state of Iowa.

Forums will be provided for small group discussions with leading experts in the field concerning educational programming in prisons; racial disparities in the criminal justice system; local advocacy opportunities for reentry, sentencing reform, and ban-the-box efforts; strengthening family and community bonds.

Daniel Karpowitz will be reading from his book at Prairie Lights, Saturday, September 9th, at 7pm.

This community conference is hosted by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, with generous support from the UI Office of Outreach & Engagement (Community Impact Grant), The National Institute of Corrections, The Vera Institute of Justice, and The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested, as seating is limited. Click here to register. More information, and a complete conference schedule, will be made available shortly. For immediate questions, please contact Kathrina Litchfield at, 319-321-4997.