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Author to Speak on 25 Years of Experience Teaching Inmates at Federal Correctional Facility

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Author and Speaker Judy Wenzel

Light from the Cage, a presentation originally to be offered on January 11, 2024 by Judy Wenzel on her 25 years of experiences of teaching inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, Michigan, has been rescheduled. Her presentation is from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center and live streamed at

The free program is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters Office of Racial Equity and Cultural Inclusion as part of the office’s series of presentations to expose Sisters, Associates, and the broader community to the experiences of people of different races, faith traditions, cultures, and sexual orientations.

Kevin Hofmann, Director of the Office of Racial Equity and Cultural Inclusion, said Judy will address the issue of racism in the U.S. criminal justice system. “She has first-hand knowledge of the disproportionate number of Blacks in prison,” he said. “Blacks are over-represented.”

Judy will also speak of her experience with the general population of prison inmates, who often face a stigma. “She will show the humanity of those who have ended up in prison,” Kevin said. “It’s a story you don’t often get to hear – and hopefully, she’ll change our viewpoint of those in the system.”

The presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. To watch via live stream, visit

Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, Adrian, Michigan. Traveling east on Siena Heights Drive, pass the Adrian Rea Literacy Center and turn left just before the solar panel-covered parking lot. Follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.

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