Hamilton College professor to give talk on prison education March 1

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UTICA — Dr. Katheryn Doran, associate professor of philosophy at Hamilton College, will give a talk on, “Respect, Agency and Personhood” at Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica, 10 Higby Road, during its service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 1.

Professor Doran earned her doctorate degree in philosophy form UNC Chapel Hill and joined the faculty at Hamilton College in 1991. In 2006, inspired by a talk by the civil rights leader Robert Moses, class of 1956, she began offering philosophy talks at several local prisons such as Mohawk Correctional Facility and Marcy.

In 2012, she started a regular book group for inmates at Marcy prison and in 2013, Hamilton College officially launched HOPE, Hamilton Oneida Prison Education. Professor Doran, along with several other members of the Hamilton faculty, lead regular book groups at Marcy prison throughout the year.

Dr. Doran will discuss these experiences, why they are important, and some of the things she’s learned from them about philosophy, teaching and service.

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