Frankenstein at Anamosa State Penitentiary

Walking down the halls of Anamosa State Penitentiary– Locked metal gates, security guards, walls taller than you can see. I never would have imagined that I’d step foot into a penitentiary, especially not to participate in a book club with inmates. On Wednesday, November 28 my classmates and I traveled to Anamosa State Penitentiary to … More Frankenstein at Anamosa State Penitentiary

Discussion with Paula

I never realized having a simple conversation with someone from a different generation could open your mind up to so much more. I discussed Enest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” with a seventy- year-old lady, Paula. Paula close-read this story way deeper than I could have ever imagined, which was something that I really appreciated. … More Discussion with Paula

Prison book club

Participating in a book club at Anamosa State Penitentiary was not an experience that I thought would be part of my curriculum here at Mount Mercy University. Initially, I wasn’t particularly thrilled about this service-learning project. Anamosa’s visiting room was a regular part of my childhood, as my dad served a few sentences there. After … More Prison book club

Anamosa State Prison

Returning to the Anamosa State Penitentiary not only was a decision I had made immediately after the first visit, but it was also something I didn’t and won’t regret continuing. I always enjoyed discussing different things with people just to hear how they interpret certain opinions or facts compared to mine. I enjoy learning how … More Anamosa State Prison