Read the featured story in The Current about the “Foundations in the Humanities” program.
“Foundations in the Humanities” is a correspondence program for people incarcerated in California prisons. The curriculum for the course consists of short works of fiction, poetry, and essays. Unlike courses that require on-site contact hours or the use of computers, this unique correspondence format enables students to work independently on their assignments, including during lock-downs. The individualized feedback they receive has proven to incentivize participants to pursue other programs in higher education.
The course is taught by UCSB graduate students, and it provides them with the opportunity to explore issues of civic engagement and social justice, as well as to gain experience teaching in the humanities, working with non-traditional students, and alternative course delivery.