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Inside Out Speaker Series – Fall 2022

Stan Chisholm will present his music and visual art. Under the alias 18andCounting, Chisolm works as an experimental music producer, a visual artist and an educator. He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Phong Nguyen will read and discuss his fiction. His most recent book is "The Bronze Drum," a novel of ancient Vietnam based on the true story of two warrior sisters who raised an army of women to overthrow the Han Chinese and rule as kings over a united people. Nguyen teaches fiction-writing at the University of Missouri, where he is the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing. 

Shaheen Pasha will discuss the history of prison newspapers, and the archive of American Prison Newspapers, covering 200 years and 500 publications. Pasha is a veteran journalist who teaches at Penn State University.

Chamber Music Society STL will perform and discuss a selection of chamber music. These world-class musicians are members of the Saint Louis Symphony, and they have performed for the Saint Louis University Prison Education Program many times in the past.

Fall 2022 Courses

PHIL 1050 - Introduction of Philosophy: Self and Reality

This course will focus primarily on the writings of Plato and Aristotle as central figures in that historical period when Western humanity began to use and to develop reason systematically as an instrument for understanding the world and its place in that world. Students will be introduced to the Greek contributions to logic, metaphysics and ethics.

ENG 3885 - Writing Personal Narratives

This course will enable students to write in a way that creates more
meaning in their lives, to describe what reading and writing mean to them,
and understand personal writing practices. 



The Saint Louis University Prison Education Program (PEP) by the numbers:

  • 32 incarcerated graduates of the Associate of Arts Degree program
  • Five graduates employed by SLU as Teaching Assistants
  • Five graduates have earned Bachelor’s degrees
  • Two graduates currently pursuing Bachelor’s degrees
  • One graduate has earned a Masters of Science degree and is enrolled in a PhD program
  • One graduate currently employed by SLU

Higher Education in Prison

Prison Education Programs – What to Know by Sarah Wood, US News & World Report, March 8 2022.

Alliance for Higher Education in Prison: The Alliance and its stakeholders believe all people, regardless of whether or not they are currently or formerly incarcerated, should have access to high-quality and free higher education.

Voices of Incarcerated People

Inside Wire: Colorado Prison Radio, beams music, stories, news, and entertainment into prisons across Colorado… and broadcasts its sounds to listeners outside facilities as well, across the U.S. and beyond.

Legal Aid Justice Center:The Legal Aid Justice Center partners with communities and clients to achieve justice by dismantling systems that create and perpetuate poverty. 

American Prison Writing Archive at Hamilton College: The mission of the APWA is to replace speculation on and misrepresentation of prisons, imprisoned people, and prison workers with first-person witness by those who live and work on the receiving end of American criminal justice.

COVID-19 in Prisons

Incarcerated people are infected by the coronavirus at a rate more than five times higher than the nation’s overall rate, according to research reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association in July 2020. The reported death rate of inmates (39 deaths per 100,000) is also higher than the national rate (29 deaths per 100,000. For more information follow the links below:

The Covid Prison Project

The Marshall Project

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