In the spirit of the "Common Readings" on the UO campus, which encourage a broad swath of the students and faculty on campus to read and discuss the same book, the Prison Education Program engages in periodic reading and discussion efforts in the prisons. We hope that someday we will engage an entire institution in reading a book simultaneously, and then running a series of activities in connection to that book. In the meantime, we hold book discussions that involve a mixed group of people in the prisons, folks from campus, and members of the community. The discussions are an opportunity both to analyze the book and to explore broader themes.
Books read so far include Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, Ishmael by David Quinn, and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.