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Central College’s Central RED Society to Present “Liberal Arts in Prison Program”

Featured: Central College’s Central RED Society to Present “Liberal Arts in Prison Program”

May 11, 2022

Central College’s Central RED Society will present “Liberal Arts in Prison Program” with Emily Guenther on Tuesday, May 24, in Dave and Ardie Sutphen Common Room in Central’s Graham Annex.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $15, and a cash bar will be available. Membership in Central RED is required to attend.

Founded in 2003, the Liberal Arts in Prison Program enrolls students at a local prison in a challenging, robust curriculum that offers up to 60 credits from Grinnell College. Students from campus provide crucial support by tutoring, coordinating a professor lecture series, performing in concerts and other special events and editing an annual literary anthology by incarcerated writers. Through this work, the college and the individuals imprisoned foster reciprocal learning that enriches lives and affirms the power of a liberal arts education.

Guenther is director of the Prison Program at Grinnell College. She volunteered in the program and became its director after graduating from Grinnell in 2007. Guenther will be joined by a Grinnell professor who has taught in the program and a former incarcerated student who has since been released from prison.

Central RED (Ready to Engage and Discover) is a volunteer-driven, lifelong learning and social organization with an abiding partnership with Central alumni and friends who wish to share knowledge, talents and experiences. Members pay $20 annually to join Central RED.

No affiliation with Central is required to join. For more information, visit central.edu/red or contact Mary Benedict by email at benedictm@central.edu or phone at 641-628-7641.