The Nebraska Prison Post-Secondary Education Project (NPPSEP) is hosting a series of panels and a keynote speaker related to their purpose and work they've done in partnership with the Omaha Correctional Center. This event will take place Wednesday, April 17 from 10 A.M. - 1 P.M. inside the Community Engagement Center, rooms 201/205/209. A pizza lunch will also be provided during this time.
Let’s overcrowd the prison with our favorite books! Please bring your favorite book to the symposium to donate to the Omaha Correctional Center. They need copies of fiction, poetry, and some nonfiction for their library.
Panel 1: Writing Corrections
Nicholas Bell and Tyrone Harper III of Writer’s Block, Carmala Aderman of Hero’s Journey, and Steve Langan and Alana Alexander of Programming Life 101 will discuss the creative writing that occurs within and beyond spaces of confinement.
Panel 2: Education and Re-entry
Diane Good-Collins and formerly incarcerated individuals who are transitioning from correctional facilities will discuss some of the educational opportunities offered by the Metropolitan Community College’s 180 Re-Entry program.
Keynote Speaker: Dominique Morgan
Dominique Morgan is the national director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States. Partnering his lived experience of incarceration as a youth (which included 18 months in solitary confinement), and a decade of change making advocacy and background in public health, Dominique continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and the impact it has on our community.
About the Nebraska Prison Post-Secondary Education Project
The Nebraska Prison Post-Secondary Education Project was created with the belief that education is one solution to America's prison problem. This program was developed in Fall 2017 through private funding to create a partnership between the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) and the Omaha Correctional Center (OCC). The primary purpose of this project is to offer UNO courses, taught by UNO professors, lectures and instructors, within OCC.