Arts and Ideas: The Words To Say It: Teaching, Writing, and Incarceration


Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6:00pm


Room 210, Emerson Hall

A discussion with novelist and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Richard Price, Harvard School of Education Urban Scholar and teacher in CASES’ HSE program Edyson Julio, and author and legal scholar Michelle Kuo, moderated by novelist Claire Messud.

Presented by: Mahindra Center at Harvard
Admission: Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
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Richard Price is the acclaimed author of numerous novels and screenplays. His books include Clockers (1992) Lush Life (2008) and, most recently, Whites (2015), under the pseudonym Harry Brandt. He has written many film and television scripts, including The Color of Money (1986), Clockers (1995), The Wire (2002), Freedomland (2006) and, most recently, the Emmy Award-nominated 8-part HBO series, The Night Of (2016), which tells the story of a young man accused of murder, imprisoned in New York’s Rikers Island prison while awaiting trial. Price engaged in extensive research in the writing and making of this series.

Edyson Julio, a writer and prison-reform educator, is currently an Urban Scholar in the Harvard School of Education Masters Program. He is a Creative Writing instructor at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, and a long-time teacher in the CASES’ high school equivalency program, teaching inmates and former inmates of Rikers Island prison. (CASES is the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services.) He also holds an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College (CUNY).

Michelle Kuo is the author of Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship. She currently teaches in the History, Law, and Society program at the American University of Paris on issues related to race, punishment, immigration, and the law, and has taught at San Quentin through the Prison University Project, the only college-degree granting program at a state prison in California.


Claire Messud is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction) in the English Department at Harvard. The author of numerous novels (most recently The Burning Girl (2017)), she writes regularly for The New York Review of Books and the New York Times Book Review.

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.