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September Narrative Medicine Rounds with Reginald Dwayne Betts
“An Hour with Reginald Dwayne Betts: Prison, Law, Poetry”

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, 6-7pm

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For our first Narrative Medicine Rounds of the 2021-22 academic year we are honored to welcome Reginald Dwayne Betts, award winning author, poet, lawyer, and outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform. Betts will be in conversation with Professor Robert Sember of Eugene Lang College and poet and social activist Alejo Rodriguez.

Betts transformed himself from a sixteen-year old kid sentenced to nine-years in prison to a critically acclaimed writer and graduate of the Yale Law School. He has written three collections of poetry: Bastards of the Reagan Era, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, and Felon. When he was awarded the PEN New England Award for poetry for his collection, Bastards of the Reagan Era, judge Mark Doty said: “Betts has written an indelible lament for a generation, a necessary book for this American moment.” His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, is the story of a young man confined in the worst prisons in the state of Virginia, where solitary confinement, horrific conditions, and the constant violence threatened to break his humanity. Instead, Betts used the time to turn himself into a poet, a scholar, and an advocate for the reform of the criminal justice system.

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Sep 8, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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