2015 Events!

We’ve worked diligently to organize a fantastic program week, filled with book discussions, presentations, and even a celebrity appearance! To view event descriptions and locations, click on their links or scroll down for a detailed list.

A map of New Paltz can be found here, and a map of the SUNY New Paltz campus can be found here.

All programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted.


Sunday 11/15 at Noon

Jewish Community Center, 30 N Chestnut Street
Book Discussion & Bagel Brunch with Rabbi Bill Strongin, Jewish Congregation of New Paltz
Rabbi Bill Strongin, spiritual leader of the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz, will lead the discussion.  Please feel free to bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Sunday 11/15 at 7pm
United Methodist Church, 1 Grove Street
Book Discussion with Pastor Bette J. Sohm, United Methodist Church
Pastor Bette J. Sohm of the United Methodist Church will lead the discussion.  Refreshments will be served.

Monday 11/16 at 2pm
SUNY New Paltz, Student Union Room 62/63
Student Panel with Alexandra Cox, Professor of Sociology at SUNY New Paltz
SUNY New Paltz Professor Alexandra Cox, New Paltz students who participated in an “Inside Out” course at the local juvenile facility, and leaders of Students Against Mass Incarceration will give a short presentation about their work with inmates in educational and advocacy contexts.

Monday 11/16 at 4:30pm
SUNY New Paltz, Student Union Room 62/63
Academic Panel Moderated by Dr. Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz
The academic panel, moderated by Dr. Gerald Benjamin, Director of the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz, will include panelists Shelly Wright of the President’s Office, Interim Associate Provost Lee Bernstein, and a third panelist to be determined at a later date.

Tuesday 11/17 at 3pm
Woodland Pond, 100 Woodland Pond Circle
Book Discussion with Local Writer Sharon Roth, Author of New Confidence: Witnessing the Transformation of Incarcerated Women
Sharon Roth volunteered in women’s prisons for 2 years, after which she wrote New Confidence: Witnessing the Transformation of Incarcerated Women.  Ms. Roth will talk about the inmates, programs, and supervisors she encountered, comparing and contrasting them with the book and the Netflix series.  Q&A to follow.

Tuesday 11/17 at 7:30pm
Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main Street
“Perspectives on the Prison Experience” Presentation by David Miller, Author of Punishment Enough
David Miller, former Superintendent of Eastern Correctional Facility and author of Punishment Enough, Lou Mortillaro, former inmate at Eastern, and Nancy Owen, community volunteer at Eastern, will tell of their experiences. Q&A to follow.

Wednesday 11/18 at 3pm
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, 6 Church Street
Book Discussion with Tom Olsen, Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz
A Discussion of Orange is the New Black, led by Tom Olsen, Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz.

Wednesday 11/18 at 7pm
Unison Performing Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Road
Film, Performance, & Discussion with Susan Slotnick, Local Dancer and Educator
Susan Slotnick, local dancer and educator, will show her award winning film, The Game Changer, about her work teaching modern dance to prisoners at the Woodbourne Men’s Correctional Facility.  Two of her students will perform.  Discussion to follow.  $7 admission fee.

Thursday 11/19 at 4pm
Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main Street
“School to Prison Pipeline” Presentation by Jamie Levato, Local Educator and Community Organizer
Jamie Levato, local educator and community organizer, and Kortnee Simmons, community organizer with Citizen Action, will discuss the ways in which schools’ disciplinary methods push students out of educational settings and into the criminal justice system.  They will also talk about the advocacy work being done in New York to change disciplinary policies in cities and around the state.

Thursday 11/19 at 7:30pm
Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main Street
Talk and Q&A with Bernetta Calderone, Technical Advisor for the OITNB Netflix Series
Bernetta Calderone, technical advisor to the Netflix TV series, Orange is the New Black, and former corrections officer in a NYS prison, will talk of her experiences and compare the book to life in prison and the series.  Space is limited.

Friday 11/20 at 4pm
Woodland Pond, 100 Woodland Pond Circle
Book Discussion with Local Writer Tana Miller and Jan Schmidt, Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY New Paltz
Tana Miller, a local writer who led a book group at Danbury Correctional Institute for 10 years, and Jan Schmidt, Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY New Paltz, will lead the discussion.

Friday 11/20 at 7:30pm
Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main Street
OITNB Netflix Series Episode, “I Wasn’t Ready,” Viewing and Discussion
We will view Episode #1, “I Wasn’t Ready,” of the Netflix OITNB TV series, which depicts the day that Piper Kerman, sentenced to fifteen months for a crime committed in her youth, leaves her supportive fiancé, Larry, for her new home: a women’s prison.  Q&A to follow.

Saturday 11/21 at 4pm
SUNY New Paltz, Jacobson Faculty Tower Room 1010
Book Discussion with Lauren Marcus, Shawangunk Correctional Facility, and Molly Shanley, Taconic State Prison
Lauren Marcus and Molly Shanley will discuss the book from the perspective of their experiences working with prisoners.  Lauren runs the General Library at Shawangunk Correctional Facility, a men’s maximum security prison in Wallkill, NY.  Molly has taught a college course at Taconic State Prison, a women’s medium security prison, with a mixed classroom of Vassar college students and Taconic prisoners.  Q&A to follow.

Saturday 11/21 at 7pm
SUNY New Paltz, Studley Theatre
Presentation and Q&A with Actress Barbara Rosenblat, Miss Rosa in the OITNB Netflix Series
Barbara Rosenblat, who plays the character Miss Rosa in the award-winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, will speak about the development of her character on the series and discuss the book.  She will also read from Out of Orange, a memoir by Cleary Wolters, the woman who engaged Piper in the drug smuggling ring.  Space is limited.

Sunday 11/22 at 1pm
Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main Street
Wrap-up with Chris Watkins, Civil Rights Lawyer
This will be an interactive book and program discussion, with a focus on prison reform and advocacy, led by Chris Watkins, civil rights lawyer, and by One Book/One New Paltz committee members.  Light refreshments will be served.

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