Foundations in the Humanities is a restorative justice program sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center that uses the study of literature to help incarcerated participants develop the habits of mind, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills necessary to cultivate and maintain respectful and productive social relationships. The curriculum for the course consists of short works of fiction, poetry, and essays. The program takes place through correspondence and is active in eighteen California state prisons.
The course is taught by UCSB graduate students, and it provides them with the opportunity to explore issues of civic engagement and social justice, as well as to gain experience teaching in the humanities, working with non-traditional students, and alternative course delivery.
Click here for more information on applying to be an instructor in the program.