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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

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Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper since 1947

The Berkeley Beacon

EPI alum discuss their experiences at the conference.

Grads, professors discuss Emerson Prison Initiative

By Maddie Barron, Opinion Co-Editor, Magazine Editor
Published March 29, 2023

The Emerson Prison Initiative held its first conference on Friday in the Bill Bordy Theater. The program, which offers incarcerated persons at the Massachusetts...

Students sit in a computer lab.

‘Getting thrown right back in was a lot’: Students overwhelmed by return of in-person midterms

By Vivi Smilgius and Bailey Allen
Published October 31, 2021

This year, students are facing the first relatively-normal, in-person midterm exam period since the outbreak of the pandemic—a jarring, even stressful...

Lee Pelton with members of the program.

Emerson Prison Initiative set to resume in-person classes

By Ann E. Matica, Deputy News Editor
Published April 1, 2021

The Emerson Prison Initiative is set to resume in-person instruction for incarcerated students at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute in Concord on...

The colleges choice to extend the fall semester grading period was met with mixed reactions from professors

Extra grading time draws mixed reaction from professors

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
Published December 6, 2020

The college extended the grading period for professors by 10 days following the end of the semester on Dec. 9 in an effort to accommodate the extenuating...

Demonstrates carry a peace sign flag on Boston Common in reaction to Joe Bidens presidential victory on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Professors breathe sigh of relief upon Biden’s win

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
Published November 7, 2020

Political science professor Mneesha Gellman was hiking in the woods with her family Saturday morning, trying to distract herself from the ongoing election,...

Mneesha Gellman invited several of her colleagues to speak at a panel on the Emerson Prison Initiative. Faith Bugenhagen / Beacon Correspondent

Prison Initiative professor encourages participation at panel discussion

By Faith Bugenhagen
Published October 25, 2019

Founder and Director of Emerson’s Prison Initiative Mneesha Gellman invited three colleagues to the college Oct. 18, to urge Emerson students to become...

Two faculty members teach two courses per semester at the institute. Courtesy of Emerson Prison Initiative.

$13,000 grant to expand Emerson Prison Initiative

By Nicole Poitras
Published September 27, 2018

The Emerson Prison Initiative received a $13,000 gift for more courses, educational materials, and students. The Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation donated...

Craig Steven Wilder spoke to the community about systemic oppression at the EPI launch event.
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Emerson Prison Initiative launch pushes for “democratization of education” for prisoners

By Riane Roldan
Published September 27, 2017

Across the country, states are spending over a million dollars a year on incarceration fees—and sometimes, that’s just for the inmates living within...

Mneesha Gellman is the director of the Emerson Prison Initiative and an assistant professor.
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Emerson brings education to prison

By Allison Hagan
Published September 20, 2017

The Emerson Prison Initiative launched at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Concord this semester, making an Emerson liberal arts education...

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