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Alfred I. duPont-Columbia and Peabody-Award winning filmmaker Lynn Novick (THE VIETNAM WAR) has directed and produced a new documentary series, COLLEGE BEHIND BARS, that reveals the transformative power of higher education through the experiences of incarcerated men and women. The four-hour series will air on WITF TV in November 2019. Distilled from nearly 400 hours of cinéma-vérité footage, the series explores the lives of a dozen incarcerated men and women as they struggle to earn degrees in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), one of the most rigorous and effective prison education programs in the country.

WITF will host a free preview screening of the series followed by a community conversation about the role of Education in Pennsylvania prisons at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 4 from 5-7pm. The event will be emceed by Scott LaMar, Host and Executive Producer of WITF’s Smart Talk program.

Panelists include:

Lynn Novick• LYNN NOVICK, Director of College Behind Bars

• GEORGE LITTLE, PA Department of Corrections Executive Deputy Secretary

• TERRI FAZIO, Education Director for PA Department of Corrections

• KATE MELONEY, Director of the Graterford Program at Villanova University

• Plus Alumni of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) and the Graterford Program