Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Prison, Racism, Reform

Friday, July 24, 2020  
11 AM in Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)



Bruce Clarke ’67, Jessup Scholars Program

Dr. Paula Ioanide, Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity

Elias Beltran, PHD Student/Writing Fellow, Cornell University

Moderated by Dr. Shaianne Osterreich, Associate Professor, Economics

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join our faculty, alumni, and community experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on prison, racism, and prison reform around the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.


Bruce Clarke ’67 is a graduate of Ithaca College and Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced criminal law in private practice and as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. During a sabbatical from the law, he studied acting and playwrighting in New York, and had several plays produced. He later worked at the Federal Judicial Center, the judicial branch agency responsible for the orientation and continuing education of federal judges, where he became Director of its Education Division. For the past five years he has taught in prison education programs in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Paula Ioanide is Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race & Ethnicity at Ithaca College. She is a mother, teacher, scholar, and prison abolition organizer who strives to counter the social and spiritual ills produced by systemic racism and build new worlds. She is a professor of comparative ethnic studies specializing in the role of emotions in perpetuating racism. Ioanide is the author of The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness (Stanford University Press, 2015), co-editor of P (Punctum Books, 2019) and co-founder of the journal Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics.

Elias Beltran is a PHD Student/Writing Fellow at Cornell University. Recently a case manager for justice-involved youth, former Director of an HIV/AIDS awareness program, and certified Peer Counselor, Beltran graduated with a BA in Literature and the Humanities in 2017 from the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). At Bard, his Senior Project looked at trauma, dispossession and reclamation. Interested in Caribbean literature, the Chinese in the Caribbean, postcolonialism and empire, he continues to study Mandarin Chinese and just completed the first year of a PhD in Comparative Literature at Cornell University. At 16, Elias was sentenced to a term of 30 years to Life in prison. He served 29½ years of that term.