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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SU Philosophy Department's ECI Book Discussion Program Earns Literacy Award

Salisbury University Philosophy Department SALISBURY, MD---The Salisbury University Philosophy Department’s Eastern Correctional Institution book discussion program recently received the Friends of Wicomico Public Libraries’ Light of Literacy Award.

The award, in the Higher Education Luminary category, was one of eight presented during a ceremony at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

Through the initiative, SU students meet with ECI inmates to discuss thinkers such as Socrates and Sartre, and themes such as love, freedom and justice. The process often is just as educational for the students as it is for the inmates, according to Dr. Timothy Stock of the Philosophy Department, who leads the program with ECI librarian June Brittingham.

According to the nomination, inmates have said their sessions with the SU students are the only times they can have intelligent, positive conversations, and the experience has strengthened their love of reading. The program previously has earned accolades from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, as well as The Baltimore Sun.

Founded in 2013, the Light of Literacy Awards recognize local organizations and individuals who demonstrate support for literacy and education.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at

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