TODAY!!! March 3, 2016: Artists in Absentia Exhibit Opens at the Bubbler:
- The Badger Herald, “Creativity Unchained: UW Affiliated Program Teaches Humanities to Local Inmates.” (1/26/16)
- WSUM‘s Kelly Wang interviews Artists in Absentia Exhibition Coordinator Jose Vergara (2/9/16)
- Isthmus, “Insider Art: Oakhill Inmates Unleash Their Creativity” (2/18/16)
- Madison Commons, “Madison Public Libraries Feature Local Artists and Authors from Oakhill Prison” (2/25/16)
- WORT 89.9 FM “Artists in Absentia” with OPHP Volunteers Liz Scheer and Samantha Link (2/22/16)
- Wisconsin State Journal. “Art from Oakhill for all to witness.” (2/29/2015)
- Lakefront Row. “Artists in Absentia” gets viral supplements in a docu-short, web series.” (3/1/2016)
- Central Time WNPR‘s Veronica Rueckert interviews Artsits in Absentia Exhibition Coordinator Jose Vergara in “The Oakhill Humanities Project.” (3/1/2016)
- Channel 3000. “Madison libraries feature artists, authors from Oakhill prison” (3/1/2016)
- Daily Cardinal. “Exhibit featuring prison art to be displayed at Madison Public Library Thursday.” (3/1/2016)
- Madison Commons. “Bringing the absent into the spotlight.” (3/6/2016)
- The Badger Herald. “In photos: ‘Artists in Absentia’ exhibit showcases inmate artwork. UW graduate students bring light to pieces from Oakhill Correctional Institution.” (3/8/2016)
June 26, 2014: Pete Schwaba of Director’s Cut interviews Marc Kornblatt and Colleen Lucey about the Oakhill Project and the documentary.
- View the complete episode: “Dostoevsky Behind Bars“
May 5, 2014: Anne Stranchamps of To the Best of our Knowledge interviews Naomi Olson about the Russian Literature class she founded and taught at Oakhill for a program about the relationship between empathy and literature: “Does Fiction Make us Good?”
April 5, 2014: Marc Kornblatt’s documentary, “Dostoevsky Behind Bars,” is shown to a sold out crowd at the Wisconsin Film festival.
- Wisconsin Public Radio, ‘”Dostoevsky Behind Bars,’ Documentary On Life And Literature In Wisconsin Prison, Debuts This Weekend“
- Wisconsin Public Radio, “Low-Budget Filmmakers Face Hurdles to Success, Says Wisconsin Director”
- The Isthmus, “Wisconsin Film Fest’s Dostoevsky Behind Bars explores book groups in a local prison”
- The Wisconsin State Journal, “Humanities, Hitchcock, humor and the human condition: Look for it all in this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival”
Spring, 2014: Dostoevsky Behind Bars Documentary about Oakhill Prison Humanities Project
University graduate students and prison inmates meet weekly to discuss literature and share personal essays and stories. Classroom sessions and interviews explode the stereotypes of brutish convicts, out-of-touch scholars and callous prison staff, while offering viewers a sense of hope. Shot on location in a minimum-security facility in Wisconsin, this feature-length documentary pays homage to the power of the humanities, the art of teaching and the possibility of redemption for those shunned by society. See more at the Refuge Films website.
- View the trailer for the documentary: Dostoevsky Behind Bars
March, 2014: Chicano Studies Research Center featured our program in their newsletter “CSRC publication to be used in innovative poetry course”
February, 2014: The Isthmus, “Out of Prison, Into the Light” describes the social justice work of Caliph Muab El. Both Muab-El, then known as Tony, and his brother Jeremiah, also mentioned in the article, were active participants in our classes while at Oakhill.
August, 2013: Wisconsin Public Radio’s Spectrum West program features an interview with Steel Wagstaff about the Writers in Prisons Project.
April, 2012: The Cap Times (“Grad students, inmates explore Russian Literature“) interviews José Vergara, one of the volunteers with OPHP.
December, 2011: The Correctional Education Association of Wisconsin sponsored a creative writing contest. See some examples of writings and drawings by incarcerated individuals here: “Musings: CEA-WI.”
September, 2010: Madison Magazine “Change of Perspective” article about Laurel Bastian, the founding member of the Writers in Prisons Project (the entity that preceded the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project).
2010: Verse Wisconsin, “Poetry in Prison” an account of our work at Oakhill by Writers in Prison Project pioneer, Laurel Bastien
August, 2009: The Isthmus, “Getting an Education Behind Bars” describes educational opportunities at Oakhill
June, 2009: In Business, “Sneak Peek at Oakhill Correctional,” offers a profile of the institution
May, 2007: The Isthmus, “Prison Breaks” describes the first class started at Oakhill Prison by Ray Hsu, a former UW- Madison graduate student
September, 2007: Le Panoptique “Who Owns a Name? Public Funding and the Humanities?” Ray Hsu reflects on his experience teaching incarcerated writers in a Wisconsin prison and on how his work foregrounds the politics of funding in education.