WASHINGTON - On March 15, Howard University will host a special screening and panel discussion of Inside Story, the new video series produced by the Marshall Project and VICE News, that informs people both inside and outside of prison walls.
An episode in the series features Stanley Andrisse, M.B.A., Ph.D, endocrinologist scientist and an assistant professor at the Howard University College of Medicine. Andrisse’s own experiences of incarceration have been chronicled in Nature magazine and on the PBS Nova science program. Andrisse has also written a recently published memoir on his experiences, From Prison Cells to PhD: It is Never Too Late to Do Good.
The Inside Story event will be held Wednesday, March 15, starting at 4 p.m. in Blackburn University Center’s Hilltop Lounge and Terrace. RSVP via bit.ly/3ZqxUjB.
"My body of work centers around disrupting systems of mass incarceration and the health inequities of the diabetes and obesity epidemics,” Andrisse said. “I was excited to be included in the Inside Story series which makes an important contribution to elevating the voices of those directly impacted by the legal system."
Inside Story is co-created by The Marshall Project’s Lawrence Bartley and Donald Washington Jr., both of whom served time behind bars. The series features prominent changemakers in policy, entertainment and social justice, including formerly incarcerated people. The first season includes lawyer and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson, actors La La Anthony and Gbenga Akinnagbe, comedians Luenell and Ali Siddiq, writer Piper Kerman, TV chef Fernando Ruiz and many others.
The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. In addition to producing Inside Story, The Marshall Project has also published its print publication, News Inside, for nearly four years, reaching more than 890 prisons and jails nationwide.
“Prison and jail walls aren’t meant just to keep people in, they’re also meant to keep information out,” said Bartley, publisher of The Marshall Project Inside and co-creator of Inside Story. After joining The Marshall Project in 2018, he developed News Inside to get news behind bars, but soon discovered incarcerated people needed more ways to access criminal justice information.
“There’s a large population of people who have literacy issues and can’t read our content. So, Donald and I came up with the idea to create a video series. That idea became Inside Story,” Bartley said.
Last summer, Andrisse led several Howard colleagues in an innovative program that gives other formerly incarcerated people pathways to careers in STEM through research internships on Howard University’s campus. Andrisse is the lead recipient on a multi-million dollar National Institutes of Health grant and a co-recipient of a major National Science Foundation grant to increase access to STEM education for currently and formerly incarcerated people – a big step forward in the emergent movement to create “Prison to College pipeline” programs.
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About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.
About The Marshall Project
The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. The Marshall Project engages the millions of people whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system. We partner with local and national media outlets to reach diverse audiences, from people who want to learn more about criminal justice to experts who turn to us for fresh, accurate information.