Thursday, September 15, 2016
Prison University Project receives the National Humanities Medal!
The White House announced this week that the Prison University Project is one of the distinguished recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, which honors individuals and organizations whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources.
The citation reads, “For transforming the lives of incarcerated people through higher education. Its programs offer opportunity and inspiration to their students, providing an example for others to emulate.”
Prison University Project Executive Director Jody Lewen will accept the medal, on behalf of the Prison University Project, from President Obama at a White House ceremony on September 22, 2016. The First lady will also attend. The ceremony will be live-streamed at wh.gov/live.
To read more about the award and ceremony, please find the press release here.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Jody Lewen honored by the James Irvine Foundation!
We are tremendously proud to share the news that PUP’s Executive Director, Jody Lewen, is a recipient of this year’s James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. The award includes a grant of $200,000 for PUP, as well as opportunities to share our approach with policymakers. Jody was nominated for this award by State Senator Loni Hancock. Learn more about the Leadership Awards by visiting the Foundation’s website
Friday, June 20, 2014
Congratulations to the class of 2014!
We’re delighted to announce that eight PUP students received their Associate of Arts degrees in PUP’s annual commencement ceremony in San Quentin. Visit our graduation pages to see previous commencement ceremonies!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
PUP Alumnus reflects on education in prison
Former student Sajad Shakoor received his AA in San Quentin in 2012, and was released not long after. Read his account.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Renewing Communities: Improving Educational Access in California Correctional Facilities and Beyond
On May 8, several PUP staff and former students will be participating in this one-day forum in Los Angeles hosted by the Ford Foundation.
Monday, March 17, 2014
New OpenLine available!
Our journal of student work is now available in a 103-page book that includes creative writing, essays, poetry and artwork. Order this or any of our other publications from our publications page.