Unit: Provost's Office
Department: Center for Teaching Excellence
Office location and address
36 Rotunda DrCharlottesville, Virginia 22904
AS-SLAV Books Behind Bars - Bama Works Support
Source: Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
June 09, 2015 – August 31, 2016
Based on current course Books Behind Bars, UVa students meet with incarcerated youth residents to explore questions of meaning, value, and social justice through conversations about Russian literature classics. Interactions become the catalyst for both groups to learn from one another and share their most intimate human stories, form powerful connections, and challenge sterotypes each group has about the other.
Students will grapple in a profound and personal way with timeless human questions: Who am I? Why am I here? How should I live? They will do this, in part, by facilitating discussions about short masterpieces of Russian literature with residents at a juvenile correctional center. This course offers an integrated academic-community engagement curriculum, and provides a unique opportunity for service learning, leadership, and youth mentoring.
This course provides the opportunity to explore a range of topics in the liberal arts and sciences.