November 08, 2012

Jeanette Grider

'Inside Out Speaker Series' Receives Missouri Humanities Council Grant

The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Saint Louis University Prison Program in support of the project, "The Inside Out Speaker Series - An Arts and Education Program of the Saint Louis University Prison Program."

The MHC is the only state-wide agency in Missouri devoted exclusively to humanities education for citizens of all ages. It has served as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities since 1971.

The SLU Prison Program ( is a Jesuit inspired initiative that provides education to prison staff and people incarcerated in Missouri, promotes service, and conducts research on education and incarceration.

At the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (ERDCC) in Bonne Terre, Mo., SLU offers a degree program and arts and education programming while investigating the connections between education and recidivism. The Prison Program is the only on-site program in the U.S. serving both incarcerated people and prison employees.

The SLU Prison Arts and Education Program (PAEP) was initiated in 2009 as a component of the University's Prison Program. Through a variety of programming, PAEP provides access to arts and humanities experiences for incarcerated people in Missouri, prison staff and community members.

The goal of PAEP is to provide intellectually stimulating educational experiences that foster human connection, an appreciation for the arts and resources for positive self-expression and personal growth.

The Inside Out Speaker Series provides monthly talks and readings in various humanities disciplines at the ERDCC and SLU campus by international, national and local writers, authors, poets, musicians, artists and others. Each event is two hours with 30 minutes for participant questions and dialogue with the speakers.

For more information about the Inside Out Speaker Series, contact Mary Gould, co-director of PAEP, at

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