This fall, the University Libraries was honored to present the fourth speaker in our lecture series Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories featuring Piper Kerman, best-selling author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison.”
Her book chronicles the author’s 13 months spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. In her compelling, moving and often hilarious book, she explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses and substance abuse issues, cliques and codes of behavior. The memoir was adapted into a critically-acclaimed Netflix original series of the same name by Jenji Kohan. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show has been called “the best TV show about prison ever made” by The Washington Post.
While on campus, Kerman took part in a panel discussion on prison reform with faculty members from the College of Health & Human Services. BGSU students were able to hear a variety of perspectives and then take part in an interactive discussion with Kerman. The day concluded with a dinner presentation in which Kerman spoke to over 500 community members about her experience.