Lycoming College students bring programming to Lycoming County Prison

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Lycoming College theatre and criminal justice departments recently hosted two events at the Lycoming County prison as part of Snowden Library's semester-long "Discover Louisa May Alcott's World" programming.

On Nov. 29, a documentary screening and book discussion, led by the Lycoming College Criminal Justice Society, was held for the female inmates of the Lycoming County Prison.

"The programming through 'Discover Louisa May Alcott's World' has provided an opportunity for Lycoming College and the Williamsport community to come together," says Dr. Kerry Richmond, assistant professor of criminal justice. "It is also a great opportunity to begin to coordinate programming with the Lycoming County Prison. Our hope is that the documentary screening and book discussion group on Louisa May Alcott will be the first of many similar programs during which Lycoming students and the inmates can come together and learn from one another."

"Everything and Anything Alcott" was presented to inmates on Dec. 8 by eight students and one faculty member from the Lycoming chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national honorary dramatic fraternity.

"The students and I were very excited about the opportunity to share this literature with the inmates at the Lycoming County Prison," says Dr. N.J. Stanley, associate professor and chair of the College's theatre department. "So many people in town have been introduced to Alcott and her broad range of works through these programs, and we are happy for the chance to expand that audience."

The Louisa May Alcott programs are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

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