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Inside Out Speaker Series – Spring 2022

Tyehimba Jess will read and discuss his poetry at ERDCC in Bonne Terre. Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly(2005) and Olio (2016), winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Jess has received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Fellowship, A Guggenheim, and a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry. He is a Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

Joshua Ray Stevens will introduce graphic novels and comics at ERDCC in Bonne Terre. Stephens is a local cartoonist and designer exploring imaginative visions in comics form. Joshua Ray Stephens is a designer by training, but he considers his calling to be cartooning and art. Stephens has lectured, exhibited, and been published internationally. Born and raised in Georgia, he earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia. He next earned an MA in 2D design at Cranbrook Academy of Art. 

Spring 2022 Courses

ENGL 1900 – Advanced Strategies of Research and Rhetoric

Students will identify, create, research, and design a rhetorical project. This project, pursued throughout the semester, will grow out of reading and research. 

CMM 1200 – Public Speaking

Students are introduced to principles of effective public speaking and provided with opportunities to develop public speaking skills. In addition, standards of evaluation for public communication are established for the use in evaluating their own and other's public speaking performances.



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.

Berkeley Underground Scholars works to build prison-to-university pipeline by Veronica Roseborough, The Daily Californian, February 23 2022.

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.

26th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners: view and purchase art from artists in Michigan’s prisons.

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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