Chatham University Campus Chapel (Shadyside Campus)
For the countless devotees awaiting the premiere of season two (no spoilers here!) of Orange Is the New Black, we have the event for you. Fans of the Netflix show, which premiered in July 2013, won’t want to miss author Piper Kerman–whose bestselling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison inspired the series–speak at Chatham University. Chronicling the 13 months that the Smith College graduate spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility for a crime she committed in 1994 during a brief stint as a drug trafficker, Kerman’s memoir relays poignant stories of the women she met while in prison.
The author examines core issues of friendship and family, mental illness, cliques and codes of behavior, and more about prison life. She serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association and speaks regularly to groups ranging from federal probation officers and public defenders to justice reform advocates. Hosted in celebration of Women’s History Month, Kerman’s lecture is free and open to the public.