Augie to host talk on ‘College Behind Bars’

Augustana College, Rock Island, will host a panel discussion on Jan. 17 on the documentary film “College Behind Bars.”

“College Behind Bars” is a four-hour documentary directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and is available on Netflix. The documentary profiles prisoners trying to earn college degrees. It also looks at the power of education and race in America.

Augustana’s discussion will begin 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, and be held on Zoom. Go here or here for more information.

The featured panelists will include men in the documentary, members of the Bard College Prison Initiative and the Augustana Prison Education Program.

The Augustana Prison Program, which was organized by Sharon Varallo, provides a college education to people in prison. Ten men are attending classes at East Moline Correctional Center, pursuing bachelor’s degrees in communications studies.

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