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November 9-11: 13th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison

Inside Out Speaker Series – Fall 2023

The St. Louis Chess Club will host a chess tournament at ERDCC. Before the tournament, a grandmaster will give a tutorial on the latest strategies and techniques of the game. Participants will then test their skills by competing against each other.

David Haynes, American novelist and emeritus professor of English at Southern Methodist University, where he directed the creative writing program for 10 years will share excerpts from his collection of over a dozen adult and children's books.

The Chicago-based duo of Damon Locks, visual artist and musician, and John Corbett, music critic, record producer and gallerist, will share the stage in performance and conversation.

Will Oldham, singer and songwriter will perform music from his unique collection of country, punk and indie rock music.

Fall 2023 Courses

Theatre 1500 - Introduction to Theatre

This course offers an introduction to the process of making theatre. Students will work on producing theatre and discuss aesthetic and practical considerations in theatre production.

MATH 1200 - College Algebra

Students will navigate a brief review of algebraic essentials, graphs, functions and their graphs, linear and quadratic functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of linear equations.

English 1500 - The Process of Composition

In our first cohort of staff students in over three years, Missouri Department of Correction employees will learn how to develop effective personal and expository prose writing skills, including methods of invention, organization, audience analysis and style. Focuses on the compositional process.


Higher Education in Prison

Unlocking Potential: Basia Skudrzyk and the STEM OPS Journey: Follow Basia's journey from incarceration to doctoral studies in business administration focusing on supply chain management and food insecurity at the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL) and Business Journals Top 40 Under 40.

Achieving Liftoff: From Incarceration to Graduation: Raymond Haug was caught in a cycle of addiction, homelessness and prison. With the help of scholarships and a campus community, he transformed his life and found a calling in mechanical engineering.

Minds Unconfined: In its summer 2023 issue, Universitas, the award-winning magazine of Saint Louis University highlights the 15-year history of SLU's Prison Education Program and its effects on the lives of our students, professors and overall community.

Prison Education Program Coordinator Courtney Everett was recently voted to the Prison Performing Arts (PPA) Board of Directors. PPA is a multi-discipline, literacy and performing arts program dedicated to enriching the lives of youth and adults in Missouri’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. Congratulations, Courtney, for this amazing achievement and opportunity and thank you PPA for years of service to our community through Arts & Healing Performance projects.

Voices of Incarcerated People

The XSTREAM Media Center located in the Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correction Center was featured in the latest edition of The Prison Journalism Project (PJP) newsletter. PJP seeks to empower marginalized communities by bringing transparency to the world of mass incarceration through journalism. 

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.

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.

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