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Webisode Two: “Words & Music”

A film by Marc Kornblatt




Webisode One: “Good Bye”

A film by Marc Kornblatt



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February 20, 2015

OPHP volunteer Anne Helke recorded and produced an audio story about the Oakhill music room for Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Listen here.

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December 3, 2014

In collaboration with the WUD Film Committee, Dostoevsky Behind Bars, a feature-length documentary about the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project, was screened at the Marquee Theater at the University of Wisconsin. Director Marc Kornblatt and volunteer instructors Janelle Pulczinski and Ron Kuka participated in a Q&A session following the film.

An audience member asks the Q&A participants about the role of the humanities in education. Photo credit: Jose Vergara

An audience member asks the post-screening Q&A participants about the role of the humanities in education. Photo Credit: José Vergara

Ron Kuka speaks about his experiences teaching at Oakhill. Photo credit: Jose Vergara

Ron Kuka speaks about his experiences teaching at Oakhill. Photo Credit: José Vergara

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April 5, 2014

Marc Kornblatt’s documentary about the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project, Dostoevsky Behind Bars, was featured at the Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. It played to a sold-out audience and received a Golden Badger Award. Since then the film has also been an official selection of the Kansas International Film Festival, the Louisville International Film Festival, the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and the Philadelphia Film Festival. In April 2015 it was named a finalist in the Media for a Just Society Awards.

Marc Kornblatt, director, "Dostoevsky Behind Bars" Photo Credit: Wisconsin State Journal

Marc Kornblatt, director, “Dostoevsky Behind Bars.” Photo Credit: Wisconsin State Journal

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March 26, 2014

On Wednesday, March 26, our course participants presented their original works at the Spring Humanities Showcase. Representatives from all of our classes participated. Oakhill participants read original poems, performed rap and spoken word pieces, read an essay by Frederick Douglass, and presented a hybrid musical/poetry performance complete with a saxophone solo. Although the event was only open to inmates and volunteer coordinators, it was well-attended.

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Volunteers meet to discuss the Spring Humanities Showcase (From Left. Top row: Colleen Lucey, Naomi Olson, Bottom row: Laura Bru, Annie Helke, Janelle Pulczinski)

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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.”

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

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

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“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

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December 6, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate student writers in collaboration with the Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative held a fund raising event featuring readings by prison writers. Funds raised were donated to Wisconsin Books to Prisoners and the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project. The event featured representatives from both of these organizations as well as University of Wisconsin-Madison student writers.

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Unbound hopes to help increase awareness in the Madison community and raise funds to keep these organizations alive. All funds raised will be split evenly between Wisconsin Books to Prisoners and the Writers in Prisons Project. For more information, see the Unbound site or write to museuw@gmail.com.