Book Drive for the Prison Teaching Initiative (faculty and student volunteers, program oversight through the University's Pace Center for Civic Engagement)

NOTE: You can participate whether or not you are attending Reunions.

The Prison Teaching Initiative creates a shared intellectual life in two area prisons through credit-bearing college courses taught by Princeton volunteers. The prisons house inmates ages 18-35 years, and these books are really helpful in building a college culture among the inmates.

Educational books that could be used as part of the courses or donated to the prison libraries (which currently consist almost entirely of legal case books and romance novels).


Needed in NEW or Gently Used condition:

Literary novels, poetry, and plays (adult reading level, especially major works from Greek drama, Shakespeare, and 19th/20th Century novels by authors like Toni Morrison, Hemingway, Melville, Zora Neale Hurston, etc.)

Math Textbook: Introductory Algebra for College Students, 5th Edition, ed. Robert F. Blitzer

Writing style guides, including copies of the MLA Handbook (7th edition)

Classical texts of philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, etc.), political theory (Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, etc.) and history

General interest current events and science books (adult reading level)


Misc. Details:

Bring a book or two to your Reunion registration area and deposit in the Prison Teaching Initiative Book Drive box. Have a number of books to donate? Contact Andrew Nurkin/Pace Center 609-258-9746 or and he will arrange to meet you/pick up the books locally.


Tax-deductible financial contributions may be earmarked for "Pace Center/Prison Teaching Initiative" (in note section) and made payable to your Princeton class. Class officers will then aggregate the donations into a single check from the class (made out to the University and sent to Gift Records).

To participate contact:
Class of ’06 Coordinator: Erin Matthews '06 at
Class of ’81 Coordinator:
Class of ’56 Coordinator:


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