Humanities Beyond Bars

The Kegley Institute of Ethics’s Humanities Beyond Bars program includes an Ethics Bowl program and a speaker series on issues relating to incarceration. It also involves an oral history program to capture the voices and stories of formerly incarcerated students enrolled at California State University campuses.

Oral History Project

As part of a California Humanities grant supported project, and in collaboration with the CSUB Historical Research Center, KIE is conducting oral history audio- and video-recorded interviews with formerly incarcerated students and incarceration scholars. These interviews will capture the voices, research, and formative stories of these individuals and will be stored and shared on a free and open-access web site.


KIE organizes an Ethics Bowl competition for incarcerated students at California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi, CA. This program includes an Ethics Bowl debate between incarcerated students and the CSUB Ethics Bowl team, held annually at CCI in Tehachapi. For a description of this competition and collaboration, see this article.
For more information on the Ethics Bowl program, contact KIE Associate Director, Dr. Nate Olson, at