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Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman to deliver 24th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture

| By Stephanie Weaver
Orange is the New Black
Kerman's memoir, published in 2010.

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, for the 24th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall on Loyola’s Evergreen campus.

A book signing will immediately follow Kerman’s presentation. The event is co-sponsored by the Mount Saint Agnes College Alumnae Association and Loyola’s Center for the Humanities.

A limited number of tickets will be available to Loyola students and employees beginning Sept. 15 at the box office. Mount Saint Agnes College alumnae will receive ticket information in August. Loyola alumni will receive ticket information in mid-September.

Kerman’s New York Times best-selling memoir, which was adapted for a Netflix original series in 2013, tells the story of her year spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility in Danbury, Conn., for her brief involvement in drug trafficking 10 years earlier as a young college graduate. She traded in her New York City apartment, budding career, and boyfriend for women’s prison to pay for the crime. In her book, Kerman shares colorful and humorous stories of her fellow inmates, while also addressing issues of friends and family, mental illness, and the relationship between prisoner and jailor.

The Netflix comedy-drama, created by Jenji Kohan, premiered in July 2013 and was recently nominated for 12 Emmys for its inaugural season. The second season of the show was released June 2014. No release date has been set for season three.

Kerman, a Smith College graduate, serves on the board of the Woman’s Prison Association and was recently awarded the 2014 Justice Trailblazer Award from John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice. She has also been called as a witness by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to testify on solitary confinement and women prisoners.

About the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture Series:
Founded in the early 1980s and named in honor of the late Sr. Mary Cleophas Costello, RSM, former president of Mount Saint Agnes College, which joined with Loyola University Maryland in 1971, the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture features addresses by prominent women who embody the ideals Sister Cleophas espoused, including scholarship, leadership, and artistic ability. Previous Sister Cleophas Costello lecturers have included author Amy Tan, poet Maya Angelou, and musician Mary Chapin-Carpenter.

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