‘Orange is the New Black’ Author to Speak about Women’s Rights in Prisons

Piper Kerman
Tina Reynolds

“Orange is the New Black: The Age of Mass Criminalization of Women,” a conversation between Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” and Five College social justice policy resident Tina Reynolds, will take place Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall.

Both women have served time and now advocate for a more just prison system. They will discuss women’s rights in America’s prison industrial complex and the new Netflix television series based on Kerman’s memoir.

Reynolds is the co-founder and executive director of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH), a nonprofit organization in New York City that works with currently and formerly incarcerated women to confront barriers they and their families face during and after prison. Kerman is a communications consultant with Spitfire Strategies, working with public-interest nonprofits and philanthropies.

Part of the Five College Public Policy Initiative’s Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence Program, it is co-hosted by the Center for Public Policy and Administration, Commonwealth Honors College and the social thought and political economy program.