‘Orange is the New Black’ author set to lecture at Ohio State

January 1, 2014

After spending more than a year in prison, Piper Kerman will take some time to tell Ohio State students about her time behind bars.

The Ohio Union Activities Board announced Wednesday the author is set to lecture students in “Orange is the New Black: The Real Piper Kerman” Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in Ohio Union’s Performance Hall.

Kerman penned the 2010 best-selling memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” which detailed her experiences serving 13 months of a 15-month sentence in a minimum security correctional facility in Danbury, Conn., after being indicted for laundering money and drug trafficking.

Today, the memoir has been adapted by writer and producer Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”) into a Netflix original series, simply titled “Orange is the New Black.” Kerman currently serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association, works as a communications consultant for nonprofits and philanthropies and focuses on the issue of criminal justice reform.

Tickets for the event are set to be released 5 p.m. Monday at the Ohio Union Information Center and are free for OSU Columbus campus students with a valid BuckID.

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