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Pre-DPI Story Circle
November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
As a precursor to the Deliberative Pedagogy Institute on November 15, there will be an optional Story Circle on the evening of November 14. Participation in a Pre-Institute “story circle” led by Lizzy Cooper Davis, assistant professor at Emerson College, is available at no cost. This is an opportunity to learn about the stories of identity, belonging, and activism of fellow travelers in the field of civic engagement, while learning more about the story circle method of dialogue for social change. The story circle model involves a group of people sitting together and sharing stories about their experience on a given topic or theme. It is a simple, yet radical, practice. According to Lizzy Cooper Davis, “Story circles encourage us to embrace dialogue over debate and to value the nuances of experience over even the best-structured arguments.” The story circle may be used to build community within a group, to examine differences across lines of race or class, to explore social challenges that people are facing in their own lives, or for other purposes.
Co-sponsored by Campus Compact for Southern New England, College Unbound, and the PC-Smith Hill Annex
Due to limited available spacing, the story circle will be available to a limited number of conference attendees.