Women in Walled Communities Courses:
Education 290: Learning in Institutional Spaces: Education in Dialogue
Taught by Jody Cohen (Education), this course considered how two “walled communities,” the institutions of schools and prisons, operate as sites of learning. Beginning with an examination of the origins of educational and penitential institutions, students examined how these institutions both constrain and propel learning, and how human beings challenge and change their surroundings.
English 228: Silence: The Rhetorics of Class, Gender, Culture, Religion
This course, taught by Anne Dalke (English), considered silence as a rhetorical art and political act, an imaginative space and expressive power that can serve many functions, including that of opening new possibilities among us. Discussion focused on students’ own experiences of silence, re-thinking them through the lenses of how it is explained in philosophy, enacted in classrooms, and performed by various genders, cultures and religions.
General Studies 223: Acting in Prison: Vision as Resource for Change
This course was taught by Barb Toews (Ph.D. candidate, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research), and used the theme of vision to explore the context and consequences of mass incarceration, daily experiences inside correctional institutions and social movements inspired by incarcerated individuals. Students explored and applied course materials in campus-based classes and in classes with incarcerated women inside a correctional facility.