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Spotlight! Symposium: Elaine MacDougall

Exploring the Inside-Out Baltimore Prison Exchange Program



Date & Time

October 26, 2022, 12:00 pm1:00 pm


This event is hosted by the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. The original event post is here.

Exploring the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program for Baltimore Area College Students, Inside and Out

Elaine MacDougall, Lecturer, Department of English, and Director of the Writing Center

During June of 2022, Elaine MacDougall took part in Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Training, which is a “National pedagogical project offering semester-long, college-level classes behind bars to groups of students” (Davis, 2011, p. 204). From its original model as a program for criminal justice majors, the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program has evolved to include courses across many disciplines, including creative writing and literature courses. This program gives incarcerated students a connection to the outside world and an opportunity to have a voice in a system which historically has not listened. This talk will focus on things MacDougall learned from the training as she works towards designing her own curriculum for an empowering writing program and/or college level course geared towards the needs of incarcerated women.

Part of the "Prison State" lecture series - one-hour presentations by scholars, community organizers, and other experts addressing a variety of issues shaping the past, present, and future of incarceration.

Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies; the Department of Gender, Women's, + Sexuality Studies; Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health; School of Social Work; Department of Psychology; Department of Political Science; Language, Literacy, and Culture Program; Department of Media and Communication Studies; the Dresher Center for the Humanities; the Center for Social Science Scholarship; and the Graduate School.