This course is an informational, preparatory course designed to enable and empower Duke students to tutor incarcerated people. We shall discuss the history of the prison system in the United States and unravel the complicated themes of race and power that surround the topic. Then we shall learn about the current state of affairs within the U.S. prison system and discuss ways to react against its myriad of issues. Finally, we shall gain instructional background on tutoring in prisons from field experts and learn practical tutoring skills.
By the end of the course, Duke students will be well equipped to tutor incarcerated people and make a meaningful, informed impact on those they interact with.