The Prison Education Project is proud to present the inaugural Maggie Garb virtual Lecture Series.

This lecture series features dynamic scholars, practitioners, grassroots organizers, and impacted students from across the country who will provide a 30-minute mini-lecture on this year’s theme, “The Power of Higher Education in Prison.” Additionally, this series will feature an hour-long lecture from a system impacted grassroots organizer Syrita Steib.

This lecture series is made possible by the Maggie Garb Foundation.

Fall 2021

Keynote Speaker: Syrita Steib

Sisters of Carceral Liberation: Building a Movement of Social Justice for and About Black Women in Higher Education in Prison
Dr. Breea Willingham, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Third Order Change: Building a Brighter Future by Investing in Our Incarcerated Leaders’ Education
Dr. Christopher Beasley, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma

Cutting through the stereotypes of incarcerated people: The benefits of student mentorship and support networks inside prison
Dr. Grant Tietjen, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, St. Ambrose University–Davenport

Prioritizing Higher Education and Career Goals in Prison & Reentry
Terrell Blount, MPA

The Transformative and Rehabilitative Power of Higher Education in Prison
Bryan Love Jordan

Trauma, Incarceration, and Ability to Learn: Rediscovering Learning as Adults
Em Daniels, MS

Spring 2019

PEP hosted a lecture by Vanderbilt University Professor Rhonda Williams, who spoke about the struggles for freedom in the 20th century.


Fall 2018

PEP organized two lectures for MECC students as part of an ongoing lecture series. For one event, poet Mary Jo Bang came to read and discuss her book A Doll For Throwing. In November, Washington University history professor Peter Kastor discussed the play Hamilton and its value and association with American history.