CREECA Round Table Event

January 31, 2014

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia of the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted a roundtable presentation, “The Oakhill Prison Humanities Project: Teaching World Literature Behind Bars.”


To listen to a recording of the event, click here.

Ronald Kuka shares his experiences as lead of the Creative Writing course at Oakhill

Ronald Kuka shares his experiences as a lead instructor of the Creative Writing course at Oakhill. Photo credit: Maria Vishnevsky


“Since 2005, graduate students and instructional staff from UW-Madison have been leading a series of humanities courses for inmates at the Oakhill Correctional Institution, a minimum-security facility in Oregon, Wisconsin. On this panel discussion, past and current instructors will share their experiences teaching world literature and creative writing at Oakhill, their observations of how the students have developed as readers and as writers, and their assessment of how the Oakhill classroom has fostered their own development as teachers.”

Panelists: Sergey Karpukhin (Slavic), Ron Kuka (English), Colleen Lucey (Slavic), Janelle Pulczinski (Comparative Literature), Zachary Rewinski (Slavic), José Vergara (Slavic)

Moderators: Judith Kornblatt, Professor Emerita, Slavic Languages and Literature; Toma Longinovic, Professor of Slavic, Comparative Literature and Visual Culture