Launched in 2016, the UCLA Prison Education Program was created to offer higher education to incarcerated students and to provide UCLA students and faculty with opportunities to teach and learn in life changing, collaborative communities. In Spring and Fall of 2017, we offered two college credit courses at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall (BJN) and continue to offer courses in 2018.
"NARRATIVES" COURSES at BJN
In Spring 2017, Bryonn Bain led the pilot course entitled "Lyrical Minded: Narratives of Justice" at BJN. This class was linked to a UCLA campus-based course, "Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline: Arts, Activism and Agency," which was cross-listed between African American Studies, Education, Chicana/o Studies. The course allowed a dozen UCLA students to participate weekly at the juvenile hall and nearly 50 students to meet weekly on campus for classes co-taught by Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.
In Fall 2017, Laurel Butler taught a course called "Narratives of Agency," which was offered as the second part of spring Arts Education courses offered by the Visual and Performing Arts Program in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.
The most recent course, "Politics and Poetry of Malcom X: Oral History Practicum", was taught by Bryonn Bain during the Winter of 2018.
Photo with Prof. Bain and students was taken after one of the class meetings outside of the BJN Juvenile Hall.
COMING UP IN SPRING 2018
Professors Bryonn Bain, Bobby Gordon and Visiting Scholar Alessandro Conceição will be co-teaching a Spring 2018 course "Legislative Theater".