APAEP is a program at Auburn University dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to those in prison in Alabama. Our program is helping the adult prison population to gain a quality education, and also to build a relationship with learning that will continue to grow for the rest of their lives.
APAEP provides access to sustained and quality educational experiences in the arts, humanities, hard sciences, and human sciences. We believe that education provides a fertile field for transformation and growth and that these learning experiences contribute to the positive development of every person.
Earlier this year Paul Brody, a former Alabama resident currently living and working abroad in Germany, came home in hopes of finding out what APAEP does and what education looks like inside prison facilities across the state. Kyes Stevens took Brody to Elmore Correctional Facility and Tutwiler Prison for Women where he visited a poetry class and viewed the mural project. Not only did Brody listen, but he was also able to participate in class with the students. Brody interviewed APAEP staff, instructors, and students for a podcast which explores the effects of learning the humanities and practicing creative writing has on an incarcerated population. The experience and subsequent interview are both deeply moving and offer a unique look at the work being done by the students of APAEP. Please take a moment to listen using the link provided below.
Location: Auburn, AL, USA