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ECI Program Information

The ECI Program

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"In these small and intimate discussions within humble settings, students and prisoners participate in something very real and very alive. [ . . . ] The ECI group discussions remind us that philosophizing is not [an] academic practice with little or no relevance to the common person. Each and every person who participates in this program actively engages with others in ways that could not be anticipated. It is a wonderful program, and it has changed my life." 
- Nate Dorman

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"[It is in] brief moments, when I am not only a twenty-some year old college student talking with a twenty-some year old inmate about Socrates, Gandhi, Shakespeare, Poe, King or Dostoevsky, when I am not [ . . . ] teaching, but learning the truth, that this program affirms its value. The ECI program [allowed me] the opportunity to discuss [ . . . ] subjects such as freedom, bondage, violence, and non-violence [ . . . ] with individuals for whom they are imminent situations, [and] has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life." 
- Jon Wirth

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In the ECI Program, students meet with inmates in a book discussion group at a nearby medium-security prison. There they discuss thinkers such as Socrates and Sartre, and themes such as love, freedom, and justice. In the process, students learn unexpected lessons about themselves and the world beyond the classroom.

Interested, or have questions? Contact Dr. Timothy Stock (call 410-677-5073, or email

For policies, program application, waiver, and a list of currently available books, click here

Submit completed applications to:

ECI Program

ECI Program

Interview with Delmarva Public Radio: Click here

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