Anywhere Else: Collaborative Learning Across Differences Inside A Prison

Carrie Hutnick

Advisor: Nancy W Hanrahan, PhD, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Members: Lester Kurtz, Julie Owen

Online Location, Join Zoom Meeting
July 21, 2023, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Through the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, incarcerated students and university students come together for a semester to learn about topics related to issues of justice as they learn from one another. Drawing from community-based learning and critical pedagogical frameworks, the program trains instructors around the world to teach incarcerated and non-incarcerated students together and lays claim to learning, relational, and action-oriented outcomes for students based on a transformational experience of crossing social distance. This dissertation research, which I conducted with an incarcerated scholar, seeks to understand the actual and potential outcomes for learning across social differences and distance. Through observations and interviews with thirty-six students enrolled in two Inside-Out courses during the spring and fall of 2018, we examine possibilities contained in liberatory forms of learning and the tensions that emerge from placing it inside a prison where liberation is structurally discouraged, constrained, and denied.