Ian Katiku deeply settles into an exercise of the Theater of the Oppressed. He is preparing for training as a teaching assistant position with the Columbia University program that teaches inside Brooklyn's MDC. 

Can someone currently serving time in a US prison be inspired by an ancient Babylonian epic poem written 4,000 years ago?  A prison education program inspires incarcerated participants to become university students upon their release. By studying the epic poem of Gilgamesh in their philosophy class, students currently serving a prison sentence engage with big philosophical questions: Who am I? How did I get here? What does it mean to have a legacy? How do you free your mind in a place where freedom isn’t possible: prison?
Volunteer educators use Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to reach their incarcerated students. Each class the students  breakdown internalized walls they have created, becoming more communicative, empathetic, even vulnerable as a result of the learning culture created inside the prison.

Hear from Miranda McConniughey as she participates in a workshop designed to train educators on how to volunteer as a teacher inside prisons. 

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