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Prison outreach event and book drive on Monday

On Monday, October 21, join Academic Personnel and Programs for an intimate look at UC’s educational outreach to prisons. Moderated by Vice Provost Susan Carlson, three panelists will share their experiences on providing educational opportunities in prisons, followed by an audience Q&A.



Susan Carlson is vice provost for Academic Personnel and Programs at the Office of the President. She has responsibility for systemwide policy and practice in faculty recruitment, retention, diversity and compensation; she also has responsibility for six hallmark systemwide programs: the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, University of California Press, California Digital Library, UC Center Sacramento, UC Washington Center (UCDC) and UCTV. She is a professor of English at UC Davis.


Anum Azam Glasgow is a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Kortemme Lab at UCSF Mission Bay, where she works on protein biosensors and protein/ligand interactions. Dr. Azam Glasgow, in partnership with the Prison University Project, teaches and tutors incarcerated individuals at San Quentin State Prison. She received her Ph.D. in bioengineering at UC Berkeley.

Jonathan Ellis, associate professor of philosophy at UC Santa Cruz, is the founding director of the Center for Public Philosophy at UCSC. Through the center’s Philosophy Inside program, inmates at local correctional facilities strengthen their reasoning, deliberation and communication skills. Dr. Ellis’s primary research areas include the philosophy of psychology, epistemology and the ethics of belief. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from UC Berkeley. 

Kyle Robertson, assistant director for the Center for Public Philosophy at UCSC, earned a law degree from UC Berkeley and practiced for two years in Silicon Valley, before earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from UC Santa Cruz. He is also a lecturer in the campus’s philosophy department, where his areas of expertise are in philosophy and ethics.

Join us!

What: UC’s Educational Outreach to Prisons

When: Monday, Oct. 21, 12–1 p.m.

Where: Franklin Lobby 1

This is the final scheduled Year of Service event hosted by the Division of Academic Affairs for 2019. These presentations showcase UC’s mission and commitment to public service. Everyone is welcome.

Help children who have incarcerated parents

Academic Personnel and Programs is also hosting a book drive to build the home libraries of children who have an incarcerated parent at the West Contra Costa County Detention Center. New and gently used children’s books are needed.

To participate, bring books to the event on Oct. 21, or place them in the collection bins located near the security desk in the Franklin building between Oct. 21–25. Download a book drive flyer.

Questions? Please contact Jimmy Johnson at or (510) 987-9058.

Cover photo ©Prison University Project

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