October 18, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center will host the panel discussion, "USP Lewisburg: A Contested Space?" on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell bookstore in Lewisburg.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by The Place Studies Initiative (formerly the Nature and Human Communities Initiative) of the BUEC.

Led by Leslie Patrick, associate professor of history at Bucknell, the panel will include Dave Bartlett, president of AFGE Local 148, the American Federation of Government Employees; Glenn Crook, former chaplain at USP Allenwood FCC; Karen Morin, Bucknell professor of geography; Dave Sprout, paralegal with the Lewisburg Prison Project; and Jeff Thomas, Warden of the Federal Penitentiary.

The panel will discuss the United States Penitentiary (USP) in Lewisburg as a contested space within the community. Located on 964 acres in Union County, USP Lewisburg is a high-security facility that houses male inmates. It is a major feature of this region's employment base and within the incarceration system of the Federal government. The diverse points of view held on the panel represent the multiple ways the prison is thought of by local residents.

A question-and-answer session will follow short presentations from each panel member covering the following topics: What role does the prison play in the community? Specifically, what does the prison provide for citizens of this region? What are the objectives of the prison? How does the Lewisburg Federal Prison compare to other Federal prisons in the U.S. system?

"The series links to the book series of the same name," said Brandn Green, program coordinator. Scholars featured in the new Bucknell University Press series include David Minderhout, professor emeritus of anthropology at Bloomsburg University, writing on Native Americans in the valley, and Janet MacGaffey, professor emeritus of anthropology at Bucknell, writing on the coal region. Other volumes are expected to focus on river towns, the Moravians in the valley, the region's literary history, and its natural history.

For more information about Environmental Center programs and projects, visit http://www.bucknell.edu/x2250.xml, or contact environmental.center@bucknell.edu or 577-1490.

Presented as part of the BUEC's Place Studies Initiative's "Stories of the Susquehanna Valley" book and lecture series, this event is co-sponsored by the Social Science Colloquium on Mass Incarceration and the University Lectureship Committee.  

Contact: Division of Communications

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