Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Lenhart Grand Ballroom
Bowen-Thompson Student Union

VIP Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Lecture: 7:30 p.m.
Book signing to follow

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Piper Kerman is the 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.

Since her release, Kerman has worked tirelessly to promote the cause of prison and criminal justice reform. She serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association, which provides preventative services for at-risk women, works to create alternatives to incarceration, advocates against practices like shackling during childbirth and offers programs to aid reentry into society. In her professional career as a communications consultant with Spitfire Strategies, she has worked on a number of criminal justice issues, including public defense reform, juvenile justice reform and the legal challenge to the “stop and frisk” laws in New York. She is a member of the advisory board for InsideOUT Writers.

The Event

The BGSU University Libraries and its Leadership Council are proud to sponsor a dinner and presentation featuring Piper Kerman, best-selling author, memoirist and social justice advocate. The special evening in BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union Lenhart Grand Ballroom welcomes individuals and organizations to hear Kerman relay her incredible story. The VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by Kerman's presentation at 7:30 and a book signing at 8:30. 

To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services, access@bgsu.edu, 419-3728495. Please notify us prior to the event. 

For questions, please call 419-372-2856 or email libadmin@bgsu.edu.