Education Behind the Wall: Why and How We Teach College in Prison


December 1, 2022


06:30 PM - 08:30 PM EDT


· Tikkun Central


Join Mneesha Gellman, founding director of the Emerson Prison Initiative (EPI), as she leads a discussion about her recently published book, Education Behind the Wall: Why and How We Teach College in Prison. The book and conversation bring together scholars who articulate their practices for teaching in prison, alongside honest reflections on the reality of educational implementation in a constrained environment.

Behind the Wall places the work of higher education in prisons in context with regard to racial, economic, social, and gender-based issues. The book also helps readers think through the trade-offs that happen when teaching inside prisons, and how to ensure the full integrity of college access for incarcerated students.

The round table will feature scholars, an EPI graduate, and an EPI educator known as the voice of NPR's Only a Game. Whether you have been a Partakers Mentor, active in criminal justice reform, or are concerned about mass incarceration, this discussion is sure to engage your mind and soul. The book is available to borrow from the Temple Israel Library or may be purchased through Amazon and following the event.

This event is onsite and online. Registration required. Contact Jen Grella at with any questions.

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