Dante, Prison, and Wesleyan

Back in the mists of time – last December – I wrote about an article in the NY Times concerning two Wesleyan professors teaching Dante’s Inferno to inmates in state and federal prisons. 

Next Wednesday, they are hosting an event at Wesleyan:

Recycling Pain

A Play by Ron Jenkins
In a reading by Saundra Duncan, Lynda Gardner, and Deborah Ranger with music by Ala Faller
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7pm
CFA Hall
Free Admission

Compiled from interviews with incarcerated men and women, the Department of Justice Report on the Federal Prison Industry’s electronic recycling program, and excerpts from Dante’s Inferno. Dedicated to the residents of Italian, American, and Indonesian prisons who were inspired by Dante’s poetry to reflect on the consequences of wasted energy. In memory of Deb Czarneski. Commissioned by Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and written in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy.

In an effort to purge the demons and/or to be better able to address them in writing, I’m going to gut it up and attend – I’ve been invited to participate in a roundtable discussion after the performance, I’ll gut it up for that too. 
 

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