News and updates from the Prison Education Program and related projects
Throughout the spring of 2019, the Prison Education Program is exhibiting work by students and artists inside Oregon’s prisons on the University of Oregon campus.
On April 4th, we held a book discussion on Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street at the Columbia River Correctional Institution. We began by discussing our ties to our names, home lives, and cultural upbringing in our communities.
Throughout Winter term, Inside Out alumni have facilitated lessons at Serbu Youth Detention Center two to three times a week. The youth there choose the topics and together we have learned about Surreal Art, Groundhog Day, optical illusions, the life cycle of butterflies, the issue of endangered turtles and interesting architecture around the world.
The Prison Education Program recently facilitated our first series of workshops with the women at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. We held a two-part academic writing workshop, focused on developing arguments and supporting them with data.
T-Shirts are available to support the Prison Education Program. Proceeds go to a scholarship for inside students, and shirts feature art from an inside participant at OSCI.
Led by Professor Kevin Alltucker, the Inside Out class “Tough on Crime or Smart on Crime?” brought together students from the University of Oregon campus and Oregon State Correctional Institution to examine the United States’ juvenile justice system. We explored the system in its past and present iterations, as well as looked ahead to the possibilities for positive reform in the future.
As part of our ongoing series of workshops and book discussions at CRCI, we gathered last Thursday for a communication workshop. More specifically, for some of the funniest and most engaging public speaking activities out there.
The Prison Education Program has been developing writing workshops over the past couple of years to support current Inside-Out students in improving their confidence and to offer them some of the writing support that they could receive from on-campus resources if they were on-campus UO students. We have been developing a format that we have most successfully delivered now at Columbia River Correctional Institution: Academic Writing Parts 1 and 2.
The UO PEP has expanded our “satellite campuses” to include Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland. This minimum-security prison has become a space for current UO students as well as UO alumni to come together to offer workshops and book discussions. We are now committed to meeting at least once a month, and to diversifying our program offerings to best serve repeat participants, as well as engage new ones.
Paul Slovic’s particular research focus areas--from decision making to risk analysis to challenges of compassion—resonated powerfully with the group gathered on the Activity Floor to hear this scholar share his research.