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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Teaching Neuroscience In Prison

Teaching Neuroscience in Prison

Two Cornell instructors brought their college course to the inmates at the Auburn Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in upstate New York. They were accustomed to pre-med types; they found philosophers.

Sam Doernberg and Joe Dipietro | April 10, 2016

It’s the first day of class, and we—a couple of instructors from Cornell—sit around a table with a few of our students as the rest trickle in. Anderson, one of the students seated across from us, smiles and says, “I’m going to get an A+ in your class.” “No,” VanAntwerp retorts, “I’m getting the A+.”
You might think that this scene is typical of classes at a school like Cornell University, where driven students compete for top marks. But this didn’t happen on a college campus: It took place in a maximum-security prison.

Sarah Higinbotham
For her work with teaching in Phillips State Prison and co-founding the Georgia State Prison Initiative, Sarah Higinbotham was awarded the 2011 GSU President’s Award fro Community Service and Social Action for Outstanding Community Impact. (January 2011) Source:

<more at; related links and articles: (Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education. A Meta-Analysis of Programs That Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults. Lois M. Davis, Robert Bozick, Jennifer L. Steele, Jessica Saunders, and Jeremy N. V. Miles. RAND Corporation, 2013) and (GSU doctoral student goes behind prison walls to teach the classics. January 2011)>

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