Piper Kerman scheduled to give lecture at Skidmore College

Posted by Blair Warren

Have you ever wondered what life in prison would be like? You're not the only one. "Orange is the New Black," a memoir about author Piper Kerman's time in prison and now a popular television show, has gained a large following since it appeared on Netflix.

Becky Stern '14, Speakers Bureau chair here at Skidmore College, is one of many fans intrigued by Kerman's story. She stumbled upon the book and later discovered the television series, and was fascinated by what Kerman had to say about women and America's correctional system.

Piper Kerman will be giving a lecture hosted by the Speakers Bureau on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium. This lecture will hopefully explain the role of privilege in America's prison system, the power struggles present within prison walls, and Kerman's opinion on the current state of prison reform in this country. She will also delve into the process of turning her memoir into a television show.

Kerman tells "powerful, sharp, and brilliant stories," while still being "energetic and fun!" said Stern. This lecture will hopefully provide a memorable, eye-opening experience for the Skidmore community. 

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