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UMKC’s Philosophy in Prison program awarded the 2016 Prize for Excellence and Innovation

Monday, August 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Linda Nuoffer
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The American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC) jointly sponsor the Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. This prize recognizes philosophy departments, research centers, institutes, societies, publishers, and other organizations that risk undertaking new initiatives in philosophy, and do so with excellence and success. It honors the success of these programs so they may inspire and influence others to follow their lead.

The APA and the PDC are pleased to announce that the 2016 winner of the APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs is the University of Missouri–Kansas City’s Philosophy in Prison program. Congratulations to all involved with this great program!

The award will be presented at the 2017 Eastern Division meeting in Baltimore, MD.

For more information on this prize and for a list of previous winners, please visit the APA’s website and/or the PDC’s website.

About the Philosophy in Prison program

The department of philosophy at UMKC and their honors society, Phi Sigma Tau, have created a philosophy reading group at Lansing Correctional Facility in Leavenworth, Kansas. The reading group is designed to engage inmates in philosophical texts and great philosophical ideas, through reading and discussion with UMKC students and, at times, a professor mentor. UMKC provides the texts, and the students meet with the inmates every other week to discuss a particular text. The students also include texts that have been written by great philosophers who were writing during incarceration or about incarceration, such as the dialogue between Socrates and Crito while Socrates is in prison in Athens.

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