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Prison Education Program 15th Anniversary celebration coming in fall 2023. 

Oct. 4: Opening Reception for Prison Education Program exhibit at Pius XII Memorial Library

Oct. 15-17: Anniversary Symposium and inaugural convening of the Jesuit Prison Education Network.

More details to follow.

Inside Out Speaker Series – Spring 2023

Brenda Hillman will read her poetry. She is the author of 10 collections of poetry including "Practical Water," for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry. In 2016, she was named the Academy of American Poets Chancellor. Among other awards Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Ron Austin will read from his fiction. He is the author of "Avery Colt is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar," winner of the Nilsen Literary Prize and longlisted for the 2020 PEN American Literary Award. He teaches in the English department at Saint Louis University.

Anya Plutynski will speak on “What Is Health?” Is it the mere absence of disease?  And, what is "disease"? One of the central problems in the philosophy of medicine has been that of defining disease and health. Debates about health and disease intersect with larger debates about the proper purview of medicine. We will look at several case studies of contentious disease or disease risk categories. Professor Plutynski is a historian and philosopher of biology and medicine at Washington University. Her most recent book is "Explaining Cancer: Finding Order in Disorder" (2018, OUP).

Chess Tournament A nationally recognized Grand Master will give a tutorial on strategies and techniques, then lead participants through a formalized tournament with the opportunity for the winner to challenge the Grand Master.  

Spring 2023 Courses

CORE 1000 - "Mind at the Museum" Psychology Art and Wellbeing

“Mind at the Museum” explores the contours of human well-being,
resilience, and identity through two complementary lenses: psychology
and art co-instructed by two professors. Their treatment of these disciplines—psychology and art—envisions not just modes of thinking and inquiry, but also a mode of being in relationship with the

Theology 1600 - Theological Foundations

This course centers around the genre of historical and autobiographical narrative to get at the ultimate questions at the heart of theology and religion. Through the narrative, this course will address questions that matter most to the arc of human life.

MATH 0260 - Intermediate Algebra

Review of the real number system; linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables; functions; systems of linear equations; exponents, polynomials and polynomial functions; factoring; rational expressions and functions; roots, radicals and root functions; quadratic equations, inequalities and functions. Fall and spring.


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.

The Ladue News: January edition features an interview, "How Saint Louis University is using education to change lives," with Director Julie O'Heir and Program Coordinator Courtney Everett, who discuss the history and impact of the SLU Prison Education Program.

Author of "Prisons to Phd" and SLU Alumni Dr. Stanley Andrisse shared his journey from incarceration to becoming a professor of endocrinology at Howard University College of Medicine and visiting professor at Georgetown Medical Center. 

Voices of Incarcerated People

Voices of Reentry: This project invites formerly incarcerated people to tell their stories and, through storytelling and community dialogue, engages the public in conversation about the role we can all play in welcoming returning citizens into our communities.

Voices of Incarceration: The Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University continues LMU's focus on the theme of restorative justice with the exhibition Voices of Incarceration. Art has frequently expressed the toughest and harshest sides of human experience. This exhibition brings together works by incarcerated artists who convey their unique perspectives from inside the prison walls and those of artists who confront the American criminal justice system from outside its walls. 

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. 

The Marshall Project

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