Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.
Screening of the documentary What I Want My Words to Do to You (2003, 90 minutes, NR), followed by roundtable discussion
Roundtable participants: Precious Bedell, MA, CHW, is a former justice-involved woman who is a Project Health Coordinator, Community Health Worker trainer/instructor and researcher for the Women’s Initiative Supporting Health at the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry, which provides health care to women recently released from jails and prisons. Precious is also the founder and director of Turning Points Center, which provides resources, information and support to families who have incarcerated loved ones. Joshua Dubler is an assistant professor of Religion at the University of Rochester and the founder of the Rochester Prison Education Project. He is the author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison (2013). Diane Morse, MD, is a researcher, medical educator, and clinical internal medicine physician with the Women’s Initiative Supporting Health at the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry. She investigates trauma-specific motivational strategies to increase needed health services with justice-involved women including those on probation, in drug treatment court, and recently released from incarceration. Patricia Roth Schwartz, poet, writer of fiction, short plays, and creative non-fiction, lives in the Finger Lakes. She volunteered for 14 years inside Auburn Correctional Facility in Auburn, New York, facilitating a weekly poetry workshop with inmates, and helping them publish four books.