I am receiving Bard College’s John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service at commencement exercises for graduates of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). According to the BPI Wikipedia entry, the program offers a liberal arts degree to incarcerated individuals in five different prisons in New York state. It enrolls nearly 200 students and is one of the few degree-granting programs that exists since the government eliminated funding for prison education in 1995.
Next public appearance
This is a conversation about 101 Classic Cookbooks, 501 Classic Recipes (Rizzoli Books, 2013), with Clark Wolf, Marvin Taylor (curator NYU Fales Library), Rose Levy Beranbaum (author, The Cake Bible), and Madhur Jaffrey (actor and author). 7:30 p.m. 92ndY Tribeca, 200 Hudson St, Price $15, RSVP: here