Reflections from Within

By Jenn Macris Fyodor Dostoyevsky famously wrote that “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” Recently I have been going into the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCI-W) to facilitate their weekly Touchstones discussions. Since joining Touchstones, I have led or participated in many different types of Touchstones

Honoring the Legacy of Geoffrey J. Comber

Last November, Touchstones received the very sad news that one of the founders of the Touchstones Discussion Project had passed away. Geoffrey J. Comber was one of three men who laid the foundation for this organization. In 1984, Geoff and two other professors (tutors) from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD worked on understanding the

Our Approach to Uncertainty

By Stefanie Takacs We at Touchstones are well-versed in and quite comfortable with situations of high uncertainty—what is more unpredictable than a Touchstones workshop or discussion or more uncertain than entering a prison? However, there is little experience that adequately prepares one for a crisis such as the COVID- 19 emergency. Fortunately, our organization has

Reinventing Home with Veterans

An Interview With Howard Zeiderman I understand you’re getting ready to release the newest Touchstones program volume. Tell me a little about it. This program, called Completing the Odyssey, helps returning veterans in their transition home after service. The title is a reference to Homer’s Odyssey, in which the main character struggles for 10 years

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