NCHEP 12: What's Next: Higher Education in Prison and Its Future(s)

The 12th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison was hosted as a virtual event.

October 11-14, 2022 (on Zoom)

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Thank You!

We would like to send our deepest gratitude to everyone who was involved with the 12th NCHEP. From the people who joined the Community Planning Sessions to presenters and audience members, this conference would not have been as successful without you. We are especially grateful to our Welcome and Keynote speakers (Romarilyn Ralston and Dr. Ruthie Wilson Gilmore) and National Prison Debate League, Maine Department of Corrections and The Educational Justice Institute (TEJI). Congratulations to the Maine DOC Debate team who defeated the MIT Debate team in a 5-0 unanimous decision! Additionally we want to share a special thank you to an incredible teacher, Mr. Eric Reed, and his students at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. This conference was elevated by their participation.

Conference Announcements

We are thrilled to announce that the 12th NCHEP's Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore! Join us on October 11, 2022 at 5pmMT for her talk Education and the Abolition Movement: Stories from Our Struggle.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, 12th NCHEP Keynote Speaker, October 11, 2022, 5pm MT

Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore is a Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. A co-founder of many grassroots organizations including the California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network, Gilmore works on racial capitalism; organized violence; organized abandonment; and abolition as a green, red, and internationalist project of liberation.

Gilmore is author of Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation (Verso 2022); and the prize-winning Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (UC Press 2007). Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition will be published by Haymarket Books in 2023. Gilmore has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Her internationalist work is featured in the Antipode Foundation documentary Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Kenton Card, 2020).

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timeline for the 12th NCHEP:

  • February 2022: Conference Announcement
  • April 2022: Conference Theme and Call for Submissions Announced
  • May 2022: Proposal Submissions Due 
  • June 2022: Registration Opens
  • July-August 2022: Proposal Accept/Decline Decisions Sent and Schedule Announced 
  • October 11-14, 2022: 12th NCHEP (virtual) 

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