The Critical Inquiry Collective Project (Host Institution: University of Puget Sound)


ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grants




The Critical Inquiry Collective (CIC) will rebuild the collaborative prison reading group, which was disbanded due to the pandemic. The project partners with a higher education in prison program to 1) re-create the Critical Inquiry Collective to support reentry for people who have served long sentences in prison 2) publish a book about the project and 3) present about the Critical Inquiry Collective to people still in prison to support re-organizing it on the inside. In the new iteration of this project, participants will collaborate to reimagine reentry and intellectual community by reading texts on freedom and imprisonment. The local partners for this project include the University of Puget Sound, the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, and the Washington Department of Corrections.