The University Beyond Walls: Transformative Prison Education from the Inside Out

4 November 2013

To register and for this event CLICK HERE


About the panel discussion:

The Institute of Criminology and the Sydney Social Justice Network are excited to announce an innovative panel discussion exploring alternative educational frameworks within the prison setting. The panel will feature Lori Pompa, Founder and Director of The Inside-Out Center at Temple University, USA. Inside-Out brings university students and incarcerated individuals together as peers in a classroom setting that emphasises dialogue, critical thinking, collaboration, and the creation of new ideas. The program aims to deepen the conversation and transform ways of thinking about social issues. The panel discussion will explore a range of topics relevant to launching Inside-Out in the Australian context, including cultural and institutional issues, education, and methodology. Lori Pompa's first visit to Australia will enliven this discussion around Australia's potential to promote social change through transformative prison education and identify potential challenges. This panel discussion asks: how is a program such as Inside-Out distinct from other courses taught in correctional facilities? What do inside and outside students gain from the experience? What are some of the local issues facing prison educators and students? How might the experiential learning method promote genuine interaction and exchange of ideas between inside and outside students in the Australian context? Join us for this stimulating evening of discussion with prison educators, stakeholders and academics to ask 'How might an Inside-Out program work in Australia?'.

About the panel:

Keynote speaker Lori Pompa is Founder and Director of The Inside-Out Center at Temple University, USA, the International Headquarters of The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Beginning in 1997, Inside-Out has been creating opportunities for social change through transformative education, involving individuals inside and outside of correctional facilities working together through dialogue and collaborative problem solving in classrooms behind prison walls. As a 2003 Soros Justice Senior Fellow, she collaborated with others on both sides of the prison wall to develop Inside-Out into a national (now international) model of transformative pedagogy with over 500 Inside-Out classes offered so far in disciplines spanning the social sciences, the arts, and the humanities. Employing experiential and service learning pedagogies in her Criminal Justice classes, she has taken more than 7,000 students to area correctional facilities in the past 11 years, and has worked with men and women inside prison since 1985. Her areas of expertise are correctional issues, race and racism, hands-on experiential learning, and community education. In 2011 she received the Justice Studies Association (JSA) Social Activist Award for her work with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.

Jo McAlpin is Performance and Compliance Manager in Corrective Services NSW. She has a background in English Literature and the History and Philosophy of Science. Her diverse experience in education includes prison teaching and being responsible for state wide management of basic adult education for Corrective Services NSW. Jo is currently working in the area of strategic policy and planning for Corrective Services.

Juanita Sherwood is Professor of Indigenous Education, FASS UTS. Juanita has worked actively inside and outside of the academy, in rural and in urban settings in Aboriginal health and education for over 25 years. She is a registered nurse and a qualified teacher with extensive experience in Aboriginal health policy planning, community consultation, advocacy, community development and management. Her areas of expertise include Aboriginal health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research monitoring, Indigenous research methodologies, capacity building in primary health care and health service planning. Experiences working with Community have shaped Juanita's passionate commitment to ensuring that Aboriginal voices are listened two respected and heard, a commitment which finds expression in her own Indigenous research and in mentoring and growing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander post graduate students within an Indigenous research agenda. Juanita is lead researcher on the Social and Cultural Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal Mothers in Prison (SCREAM) project.

Dr Nicky McWilliam is Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, UTS. She is a Co-Principal and practices as a mediator at Sydney Mediation Partners, a small dispute resolution practice based in Sydney. Nicky has experience in community, commercial, business, workplace, construction, family, court appointed and general mediation. Nicky is also currently involved with government, commercial and community organizations in relation to dispute management programs in workplace, commercial and corrections communities. In association with UTS Faculty of Law, Corrective Services NSW and Psychiatrist Dr Olav Nielssen, Nicky has implemented a pilot peer mediation program at a medium security corrections facility in NSW. She is accredited with the National Accreditation Mediation System (NMAS) and is registered with the Commonwealth Attorney Generals Department as an accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDRP). Nicky received a LEADR award this year 2013 for significant contribution to Alternative Dispute Resolution.

This event is sponsored by the Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School, and theSydney Social Justice Network, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Time: 6-8pm (registration and refreshments from 5:30pm)

Location: Faculty Common Room, Level 4, Sydney Law School Building, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

Cost: Free however registration is essential

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 2508117a0f3f5159241831434e533a0e291d30284c410a23