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Reading Groups

The Prindle Institute offers reading groups to spark discussion about various topics related to ethics. Faculty, staff, students, and community members meet throughout each semester to discuss the themes and ideas presented in each book




Fall 2016 Schedule

DePauw Faculty-Staff Reading Groups:

  • Anne Harris (Vice President for Academic Affairs) will facilitate a reading of Dr. Terrell Strayhorn's book, College Students' Sense of Belonging; a key to educational success for all students (2012)
    • 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m on October 11 and October 25.

DePauw Faculty-Staff/Indiana Women's Prison Reading Group: 

 We're very excited to announce the first of what we hope will be many faculty/staff reading groups conducted in collaboration with the educational program at the Indiana Women's Prison. Kelsey Kauffman and Martha Rainbolt will co-facilitate three meetings with some of the women at the Indiana Women’s Prison to discuss ethical issues and the incarcerated. The DePauw group will meet at the Prindle and be connected by videoconferencing to the graduate school-level women at the prison, so that we can discuss and talk freely. We will begin our discussion with a discussion of epistemic injustice, as described by Miranda Fricker who coined this phrase and brought this type of injustice to the surface. She argues that “there is a distinctly epistemic type of injustice, in which someone is wrong specifically in their capacity as a knower,” revealing “a new territory between ethics and epistemology.”
We think that the group should meet three times to discuss these topics. Two of the women at the prison, Michelle Jones and Anastazia Schmid, have written essays on these subjects, some of which have been presented at professional meetings. Each time we will read at least one of their essays, along with other work on the topic.
  •  Session One: Epistemic Injustice, Monday, October 3,  6:30 – 8:30 
    • Miranda Fricker, “Epistemic Injustice and a Role for Virtue in the Politics of Knowing,” Metaphilosophy, Vol. 34, No. 1 & 2 (January 2003), pp. 154-173.
    • Anastazia Schmid, “Can the ‘Convict Race’ Speak?:  Epistemic Injustice:  Silence as a Form of Violence in Institutions of Incarceration.”
    • Michelle Jones, ‘Incarcerated Scholars, Qualitative Inquiry and Subjugated Knowledge:  The Value of Incarcerated and Post-incarcerated Scholars in the Age of Mass Incarceration.”
  •  Session Two: Health Care, Mental Health, and the Incarcerated, Monday, October 17, 6:30 – 8:30
    • Michelle Jones, “Suspension Bridge Mental Health Network:  A Public Policy Idea?”
    • Michelle Jones, “The Hidden Costs of the Privatization of Mental Health Care.”
    • Anastazia Schmid, “’I am not human in the place’:  How Gynecology, Obstetrics and American Prisons Operate to Deconstruct and Control Women.”
  •  Session Three: Topic still open – could be “Debt and Stigma,” or “Law Enforcement for Profit,” Monday, October 31, 6:30 – 8:30  (Readings subject to change.)
    • Michel Foucault, “The Incarceral,” in Discipline and Punish:  The Birth of the Prison (New York:  Random House, 1979), 293-308
    • Michelle Jones, “From Debt to Debt: The Realities of the Post-Incarcerated.”
    • Kelsey Kauffman, *several possible essays here

To join a reading group, please contact Christiane Wisehart (

If you are a student or a faculty/staff member interested in creating your own reading groupclick here.