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The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

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The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program increases opportunities for students, inside and outside of prison, to have transformative learning experiences that emphasize collaboration and dialogue, inviting participants to take leadership in addressing crime, justice, and other issues of social concern. Inside-Out courses are taught to a mix of undergraduates (“outside” students) inmates (“inside” students) at the correctional institutions at which the courses are offered.

Steven Shankman has taught courses in “Literature and Ethics” at Oregon since 2007, when he taught a class on Dostoevsky’s House of the Dead and Crime and Punishment, the first Inside-Out class ever taught at the University of Oregon. He will soon offer the first Inside-Out graduate seminar (on Levinas and Shakespeare) ever to be taught at the University of Oregon. Emeritus professor Bill Cadbury has taught Inside-Out classes in film at both the Oregon State Penitentiary and the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem. Elizabeth Wheeler will be teaching her first Inside-Out class on “Hip-Hop” in spring 2013.

Are you curious about what it’s like to be in an inside-out class? If you are, you are invited to log onto the following URL to see the brief (10-minute) documentary Inside Looking Out which was made about the class Professor Shankman taught on “Literature and Ethics: ‘Don Quixote’ and Dostoevsky’s ‘The Idiot’” at the Oregon State Penitentiary in spring 2009. This documentary was awarded the national 2009 Mark of Excellence Award by the Society of Professional Journalists. Out of more than 3,600 entries, the piece was chosen as the winner in the television feature category of collegiate work published or broadcast during 2009.