Oscar Wilde and Incarcerated Creators | In Partnership with Eastern State Penitentiary (Virtual Members-Only Program)

Date / Time

  • February 19, 2022
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm



  • This event is FREE for all Rosenbach members and Delancey Society members virtual program held on Zoom. Please check your spam folder for the Zoom link.
  • If you have questions about registration, please call (215) 732-1600 or email [email protected].



Isolated within the walls of a cell, many prisoners focus on creative pursuits to process their experience or to pass time while incarcerated. One notable example is Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet and playwright, who during his incarceration wrote several works including The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
Connor Feeney, Eastern State Membership Specialist, joins us for a thought-provoking discussion on incarcerated artists including Oscar Wilde and people who served time at Eastern State.

About the Speakers

Connor Feeney is the Membership Specialist at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site. He has been with Eastern State since 2017, starting as an Educator, discussing the history of the penitentiary and the impact of mass incarceration on America society. Connor received his B.A. in Theater from Albright College in Reading, PA and enjoys curating programs, history, and cinema.

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