Visiting Fulbright Scholar Adelle Sefton-Rowston speaking March 22

Published: March 16, 2022

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If incarceration was a character, who would they be? The public is invited to a talk by Adelle Sefton-Rowston on Tuesday, March 22, at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

What can an Aussie learn about prisons, not so much from going inside, but from books she’s reading in Alabama? Celebrate world storytelling day this March with a meditative reading of texts and carceral arts from different continents to better understand a human-centered approach to prison reform. Adelle will share her experience teaching creative arts in prison in Australia, alongside insights she’s acquired while teaching in prisons in Alabama. From deep understandings of Forrest Gump to critical applications of Just Mercy – there is so much to consider about incarceration before going home.

Sefton-Rowston is a visiting Fulbright scholar from Darwin, Australia. She is working with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project to teach and observe classes in several correctional facilities. She is a poet, essayist and researcher exploring how creative writing informs a human-centered approach to prison reform.

The program is co-sponsored by the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, a program at Auburn University dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to prisoners in Alabama. The program helps the adult prison population gain a quality education and also fosters a relationship with learning that will continue to grow for the rest of their lives.

The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn. For more information on this or other programs, call 334-844-4903 or click here.

Submitted by: Maiben Beard