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The prison system

Join SUNY Corning Community College professor Dr. Gregg Caruso and two powerful authors this spring for an in-depth exploration of mass incarceration in the United States. Dr. Gregg Caruso, Professor of Philosophy, Peter K. Enns, author of Incarceration Nation, and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, will look at the state of America’s prison system. All events are free and open to the community.

  • On March 7, 2019, watch 13th, a thought-provoking documentary in which scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the rise of mass incarceration. Following the viewing, Caruso will lead a discussion. He will speak in the Commons (1 Academic Dr., Corning, N.Y).
  • On March 21, 2019, Enns will discuss his book Incarceration Nation. He will speak in the Commons (1 Academic Dr., Corning, N.Y.) at 12:15 pm.
  • On April 9, 2019, Kerman will speak about mass incarceration, mandatory minimum sentencing, and restorative justice. Kerman, the Spring 2019 Walter R. Smith Visiting Scholar. She will speak at the Corning Museum of Glass at 7:00 pm.

Caruso is Associate Professor of Philosophy at CCC and Editor-in-Chief of Science, Religion and Culture (a peer-reviewed scholarly Journal). He received his B.A. in Philosophy from William Paterson University and his M.Phil and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He is the author of Free Will and Consciousness: A Determinist Account of the Illusion of Free Will (2012) and the editor of Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility (2013), Science and Religion: 5 Questions (2014), and Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, and Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience (forthcoming). In 2012 he was awarded the Regional Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award.

Enns is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. He is the author of Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World and is team leader of the Institute for Social Science project on Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States.

Kerman’s bestselling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison chronicles her “crucible experience”—the 13 months she spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, after a brief involvement with drug trafficking sent her to prison on money laundering charges. In her compelling, moving, and deeply funny book, Kerman explores the experience of incarceration and the lives of the women she met in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses, and substance abuse issues, cliques, and codes of behavior. Read more about Kerman