Education and Incarceration: Challenges, Rewards, Setbacks, and Solutions Roundtable

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
contact email: 

NeMLA Boston, MA. March 5-8

According to a recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 1.5 million people are incarcerated in the United States. Results from various organizations indicate that people who are incarcerated generally have lower formal education than people who have not been incarcerated. Such findings indicate that regardless of the actual prison sentence a person receives, it becomes a type of life sentence when a lack of education denies full participation in society. 

This roundtable is aimed to address the various issues related to education and incarceration. Some suggested topics are the following: creating and sustaining educational prison programs, aligning these programs with the mission statements of our colleges and universities, identifying and removing barriers to formal education that people who were formally incarcerated face, raising awareness and training educators to serve people who are/were incarcerated, defining education inside and outside of prisons, and so on. Participants are also sought who may speak to their experiences of creating and/or teaching in prisons.

This roundtable focuses on how we as educators can work to create and sustain programs that provide educational opportunities to people who are incarcerated or people who were formally incarcerated.

Please, send your abstract through NeMLA portal at:  You can review the guidelines for abstract submission at: