Arts and Ideas

The Words To Say It: Teaching, Writing, and Incarceration

A discussion with novelist and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Richard Price, Harvard School of Education Urban Scholar and teacher in CASES’ HSE program Edyson Julio, and author and legal scholar Michelle Kuo, moderated by novelist Claire Messud.

Speakers

Richard Price is the acclaimed author of numerous novels and screenplays. His books include Clockers (1992), Lush Life (2008), and, under the pseudonym Harry Brandt, Whites (2015). He has written many film and television scripts, including The Color of Money (1986), Clockers (1995), The Wire (2002), Freedomland (2006), and the Emmy Award-nominated 8-part HBO series The Night Of (2016).

Edyson Julio, a writer and prison-reform educator, is currently an Urban Scholar in the Harvard School of Education Masters Program. He is a Creative Writing instructor at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, and a long-time teacher in the CASES’ high school equivalency program, teaching inmates and former inmates of Rikers Island prison. (CASES is the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services.) He also holds an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College (CUNY).

Michelle Kuo is the author of Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship. She currently teaches in the History, Law, and Society program at the American University of Paris on issues related to race, punishment, immigration, and the law, and has taught at San Quentin through the Prison University Project, the only college-degree granting program at a state prison in California.

Moderator

Claire Messud is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction) in the English Department at Harvard. The author of numerous novels (most recently The Burning Girl), she writes regularly for The New York Review of Books and The New York Times Book Review.

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

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