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 ’13.
The program features an inter-disciplinary Humanities course 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 six week course for inmates features a variety of mostly Washington College instructors leading discussions of readings in Art, Philosophy, Logic, History, Literature, and Classical thought. Schelberg and Rankin’s program was prominently featured in an article in the Washington Post.