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Clear and Present Stranger: Words from Incarcerated Writers

City of Asylum Banner (2019)

Wednesday, December 4th
7:00 pm

How do incarcerated voices resonate beyond walls, beyond bars?

Clear and Present Stranger is a presentation of the University of Pittsburgh’s Prison Education Project (PPEP). PPEP is a collaboration between Pitt’s English Department and incarcerated and non-incarcerated students, offering both Inside-Out and inside-only courses.

Clear and Present Stranger

This program illuminates experiences of the criminal justice system through a night of readings and performances, written by incarcerated writers and performed by their undergraduate colleagues. Performances and writings explore common ground in incarcerated and free experiences and reveals the power of sharing ones story.

Formed in 2016, the Pitt Prison Education Project (PPEP) has been teaching courses at the State Correctional Institute at Fayette (SCI Fayette) modeled on the nationally known Inside Out (I-O) prison exchange program, which has a 20-year track record of success at over 100 educational institutions and 100 correctional facilities. Taught at the prison, these courses are composed of both incarcerated (inside) students and traditional (outside) undergraduates. They have been transformational for all involved.

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