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Vermont Folklife Center Hosts Storytelling for Social Change Workshop

Friday, October 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Storytelling is a powerful tool for the documentation of voices, memories and histories. It can also be a catalyst for activism and social change. In this workshop participants will explore the ethics and techniques of oral history, ethnography, and storytelling as activist research methodologies. Attendees will be introduced to these three merging methodologies through a combination of short media pieces and discussions, and will learn the basics of corresponding skills such as interviewing, story circle facilitation, and ethnographic observation. The workshop will also cover the technical aspects of storytelling for social change, providing an introduction to minimal resource audio recording tools.

This workshop is intended for anyone interested in developing collaborative documentary or storytelling skills, including students, community members, and staff members of organizations doing cultural, community and social-service work. In addition to developing attendees’ collaborative research abilities, the workshop seeks to expand participants’ listening skills—and by extension, interviewing skills—while also encouraging attendees to consider the challenges, possibilities, and ethics of representation. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of participants’ project ideas.

Storytelling for Social Change is a part of the Vermont Folklife Center’s Cultural Sustainability Institute workshop series. Cultural Sustainability provides a framework for examining human experience in the present with an awareness of the past and a view toward the future.

Friday, October 13, 2017
10:00am–4:00pm.

Location:
Vermont Folklife Center
88 Main Street
Middlebury, VT

Instructors:

Kathleen Haughey
VFC Executive Director & Ethnomusicologist

Mary Rizos
VFC Director of Education & Photographer

Tuition: $95

The deadline for registration is October 12. Register by calling (802) 388-4964.



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