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Reading the Classics in Prison with Andrew McKenna

"Mimetic theory is a no brainer," states a student of Andrew McKenna, in an essay written within the confines of prison. The anthropological truth of mimetic theory, exposed in Scripture and expressed in literature, is deeply understood by prisoners. Suzanne Ross introduces us to Professor Andrew McKenna and his compassionate outreach to prisoners through his teaching of African American classics as they "unveil the sacrificial dynamics that propel myriad forms of racial oppression.”

Without Due Process: From Mass Incarceration to Assassination

"The U.S. has now dispensed with due process, whether you be a Brown skinned person in the Middle East targeted by a Predator drone; a young African American shot by police; or part of the 95% of U.S. prisoners incarcerated without trial," Maya Evans laments. She and others from VCNV walked 150 miles to raise awareness of the US's lack of due process.

The Storm Is Over

Lightning flashed across Kentucky skies a few nights ago. “I love storms,” said my roommate, Gypsi, her eyes bright with excitement. Thunder boomed over the Kentucky hills and Atwood Hall,...

Crosscurrents

By the time I leave Kentucky’s federal prison center, where I’m an inmate with a 3 month sentence, the world’s 12th-largest city may be without water. Estimates put the water...

The Shift

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person oriented society: when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people,...