Partners in Philosophy
This prison program was completely student initiated and administrated by Philosophy and Humanities major James Schelberg ’12, and co-administered and supported by Jared Rankin (formerly WC ’13 now at Bard College).
The program features both Philosophy and inter-disciplinary Humanities courses taught to inmates of the maximum security Jessup Correctional Institution in Baltimore. A recipient of the full-tuition Hodson Trust Scholarship, Schelberg during his recent experiences as a Marine corporal in Iraq and Afghanistan came to believe in the importance of basic education for well-functioning individuals and societies.
The program features multi-week courses for inmates involving a variety of Washington College instructors leading discussions on readings in Art, Philosophy, Logic, History, Literature, and Classics. Schelberg and Rankin’s program was prominently featured in an article in the Washington Post.