Dr. Glazier earns Mellon Grant

A group of faculty from Chemistry (Samantha Glazier), English (Sarah Barber), History (Liz Regosin), and Philosophy (Jennifer Hansen) were awarded $16,508 by the Mellon Grant that supports proposals that Cross Boundaries.

The major components of the project are training for the faculty at the National Inside Out Prison Exchange Out Program (August 12-18 2013) from which three new courses will be developed tentatively titled, American Democracy: Foundational Texts and Principles

(Regosin and Hansen, Spring ‘14); Rethinking the Cloven Pine: Race, Gender, Class, and Incarceration in The Tempest (Barber, Fall ‘14); and Origins of the Universe  (Glazier, Spring ’15).  All of these courses will bring college students together with incarcerated persons to study a topic in a nontraditional classroom at a maximum security prison.  All of the courses seek to address enduring human questions such as what should I care about, what values should I hold, and where do I come from?

This program is inspired by a wish to help students, faculty, and staff see why a liberal arts education – particularly an education in the humanities, broadly conceived – enables us to cross the narrow boundaries of own life experience to envision a different world.  Teaching and learning in provides alternative narratives to help all students (inside and outside) to imagine for themselves, for the humanities, and for our democracy, alternative futures.

Dr. Glazier is the first science faculty member to be invited to the National Inside Out training program since its founding in 1997.  Her interest arose from a course developed together with SYE student, Zak Johnson titled,  Small Molecules, Big Ideas this spring that brought SLU students and incarcerated persons together to study chemistry topics that impact society.  Zak was awarded the chemistry department’s Gage Teaching Award for his outstanding work developing and implementing this course.