Learn more about women’s incarceration in West Virginia with a unique, interactive exhibit on display in Honors Hall through Friday, Oct. 30.
In “Women Beyond Bars: The story behind women’s incarceration in West Virginia,” students have the opportunity to explore the stories of three women, using QR codes to watch videos and hear these stories in the women's own words. Students interested in learning more can see more stories at the WVU Downtown Library, which is hosting an exhibition October through December 2020.
Students are also encouraged to donate books to the Appalachian Prison Book Project, which has provided a book drop box next to the exhibit in the Honors Hall lobby. The Appalachian Prison Book Project works to provide educational opportunities and resources to people incarcerated in the six-state Appalachian region. See guidelines on what kinds of books are most needed here, and help the Reed College of Media reach their goal of collecting at least 100 books, including 50 of the Project’s most-needed books by the end of the fall semester.
On Thursday, Nov. 12 from 3-6 p.m., students can further explore the issues through the “Beyond Bars Summit: A Dialogue about Mass Incarceration in West Virginia.” Featured guests will include Dwayne Betts, author of Felon; Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black; and experts on mass incarceration. Register for the Beyond Bars Summit here.
The exhibit is being presented as a partnership with the Honors College, the Reed College of Media and the School of Public Health. The School of Public Health recently featured the display as part of Diversity Week.To learn more, check out this resource page with podcasts, book and other media about incarceration and visit womenbeyondbars.com.