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Call For Papers: Social Justice & Literature (Blog)

posted by CLTL, 23.03.2011, 18:03

Changing Lives Through Literature is a nationally recognized alternative sentencing program for criminal offenders founded in 1991 on the power of literature to transform lives. CLTL sentences criminal offenders to a series of literature seminars instead of traditional probation. Studies have confirmed that program graduates are half as likely to commit additional crimes than their counterparts in the justice system.

In 2008, we launched a new blog, Changing Lives, Changing Minds (, that features guest essays from professors, scholars, graduate students, and law enforcement officials in the United States and Canada.

We are especially interested in featuring perspectives from up and coming scholars. You might consider using one or more of the questions below as a jumping off point for an entry or bring ideas of your own to the blog:

* Is there a book that has profoundly impacted your life or way of thinking? Tell us about how you, yourself, have been transformed by a piece of literature.

* What do you see as the most pressing obstacles facing those who argue for incarceration alternative programs as options in criminal sentencing?

* What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current incarceration and judicial systems in reforming the lives of offenders?

* How do individuals or groups of people create identity through reading and writing (either historically or currently)?

* How important is it for students to be able to see themselves in the texts they read in classes? What role should one's personal connections with the text play in classroom discussions?

* How have your writing experiences changed you? Is there a particular writing endeavor (such as a book, an essay, or a creative piece) that made you understand something about yourself or others?
These are just a few ideas. If your interests include criminal justice, politics, law, etc. we encourage you to bring those to the table as well. No technical expertise required. Send us your essay submission as an email attachment; we'll do the rest.

Changing Lives Through Literature

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA 02747


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