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I’ve been gone for a few weeks — end-of-semester duties were definitely calling! There were exams to study for and take, presentations to practice, and papers to write. After the last day of classes two Wednesdays ago, we had three days of reading period before exams started (on a Sunday!). There were five days of exams, one slot in the morning and one in the afternoon. My first year was actually the worst because I had three exams for STEM classes back-to-back in the first three slots, the first day and a half. Needless to say, I was pretty wrecked by my last exam (physics!!).

Inside-Out: Students and Inmates Learn as Peers

Amherst students and Hampshire County inmates share an educational experience unlike any other

By Rachel Rogol
January 6, 2016

Inside Out prison exchange

Amherst students Sylvia Hickman ’16 and Teresa Frenzel ’17 with inside students Phillip and Tyler, chatting after their last class together at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction

Last semester, Sylvia Hickman ’16 enrolled in the Amherst course “Equality and Violence,” which met every week at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections in Northampton, Mass.

Organized as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, the course brought 10 Amherst and Hampshire College undergraduates (“outside students”) and eight incarcerated men (“inside students”) together as peers. The course focused on gender, racial and class inequality, and how these disparities are linked to violence and sexual assault on college campuses, in prisons and in the wider world. 

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