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Milbre Burch and Berkley Hudson

Listening Beyond Privilege: Reaching across Culturally Constructed Boundaries to Hear, Honor and Preserve One Another’s Stories

with Milbre Burch and Berkley Hudson

Wednesday, January 17th
at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern

Growing up White in the racially-segregated, Jim Crow South, storyteller Milbre Burch and journalist Berkley Hudson have spent their lives listening to, honoring and preserving stories—from people whose experiences were like and unlike their own. In the late nineties, the couple became “accidental ethnographers,” when they were commissioned to create the Storytelling Project of the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University. In 200 hours of interviews with culture bearers and platform performers, they archived the diverse experiences of storytellers from Maine to Hawaii. Today, the two are college educators and activists. Their commitment to social justice keeps them doing the difficult work of reaching across culturally constructed borders, through deep listening and sharing of stories. The focus of this teleconference is to offer models for welcoming everyone’s stories of race, ethnicity and privilege to the listening table.

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Milbre Burch is a GRAMMY-nominated spoken word recording artist , an internationally known performer and teaching artist, a published poet and writer, and a produced playwright. A storyteller in every sense of the word, she has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival eight times and holds a doctorate in Theatre from the University of Missouri. She has served as the performance review editor for Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies, and a convener of the Storytelling Section of the American Folklore Society as well as the Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference. Using storytelling strategies to strengthen communication skills, she teaches for the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Missouri.
www.kindcrone.com

 

 

Image result for Berkley HudsonBerkley Hudson is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism where he has taught since 2003. From 2015 to 2017, he served as founding chair of the Race Relations Committee of the University of Missouri. With Milbre Burch as his co-director, he oversaw the Storytelling Project of the Cotsen Children’s Library. He earned a mass communications doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also received a doctoral certificate in folklore. For twenty-five years, including at the Los Angeles Times, he worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist. A media historian, he has been published in journals such as Southern Cultures and Literary Journalism Studies and served as editor-in-chief of Visual Communication Quarterly.

 

A Deeper Dive:
Milbre and Berkley were generous enough to share with us their bibliography for this session. If you’re not already on our teleconference email list, please sign up for it here and we will send it to you when it is available.

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Onawumi Jean Moss

Storytelling In Times Like These
The focus of this teleconference is on storytelling as a pivotal instrument to spark interest in social change. Storytelling is an integral part of our consciousness. In the best of times it is sent forth to nurture our dreams, aspirations and our ability to think highly of ourselves and others. In those moments, unfettered by bigotry, prejudice or discrimination, we celebrate! On the flip-side, story’s archives are overflowing with nightmarish tales of resistance to social change of which inclusivity and diversity are inseparable. So given our right to freedom of speech what, in real time, is a storyteller to do? So many answers…so little time.

Onawumi will share stories from her Sankofa Collection–UNCHAINED VOICES…along with anecdotes from experiences in the field.

Each piece, selected to cast light on and encourage advocacy is told to honor those on whose shoulders we stand, those who stand before us, and those who are yet to come.

JOIN this interactive experience-be ready to lift your voice and SAY WHU-U-UT!!!

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Onawumi Jean Moss is an award-winning storyteller, playwright, and actress. During her prolific career at Amherst College (1985-2007) she conceived and produced the Keepers of the Word Storytelling Festival (1993-2006), an avant-garde multicultural event.
Learn more @ onawawumi.com   

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Elisa Pearmain

J15A1-elisaPutting Down the Burning Coal
Transforming anger into forgiveness through story. Through the lens of several folktales, personal stories and case studies, Elisa will illustrate the impediments to forgiveness, particularly looking at the many functions of anger. She will also suggest approaches for shifting our held resentment stories toward those of getting our needs met in healthier ways.

Recorded September 29, 2015

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Lorna Czarnota

J15A13-czarnotaThe brain is a powerful tool that signals all systems within the human body. Can we direct those messages? Scientists are constantly looking at how the body shapes attitude and how attitude shapes the body. As a storyteller and healing story consultant, Lorna Czarnota has utilized the power of story in her own life and in this teleconference shares how the stories or narratives we tell ourselves, about ourselves, can change our rivers’ courses and set into motion the ripples that reach out to others on our shores. Perhaps changing our lives is as simple as changing our personal narratives. Lorna also touches on how personal myth building can help us navigate grief.

Recorded October 13, 2015

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Regi Carpenter

carpenterLiving Out Loud. The exploration and expression of the self can be fraught with fear and anxiety. We are so often concerned with how our stories will be met by the world that we silent our voices. This teleconference discusses the things we fear: ridicule, judgment, failing, being vulnerable, feeling incompetent, being misunderstood and being shamed, how to release the destructive voices of our inner critics and connect with our full creative power and possibility. Then we share it – OUT LOUD. This teleconference featured some discussion and also interactive exercises and conversation.

Recorded April 20, 2016

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Healing Story Pre-Conference Preview 2016

Michael McCarty, Susan O’Halloran, Lilli Pang, Emily Lansana, Lani Peterson

concerttellersThis teleconference gives you a sneak preview into some of the Healing Story gems that will unfold at the NSN Conference in Kansas City the third week in July. The focus of both HSA’s Wednesday night Concert and Thursday morning Pre-Conference is Social justice.

Whether you plan to be in Kansas City or not this coming July, this is a chance to hear behind the scenes reflections from our HSA concert featured performers, Michael McCarty, Susan O’Halloran, Lilli Pang, Emily Lansana and Pre-Con facilitator, Lani Peterson. All are involved in storytelling for social justice, working towards the empowerment of disenfranchised voices. Come join our virtual panel as we all learn from each other’s story work in social justice arenas. What are the stories we tell? What are the stories we listen for? How can we address social inequities and create social change through storytelling? How are we changed by the work that we do?

Recorded June 14, 2016

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Joan Stockbridge

 

Tips, Tools, and Stories: Highlights from 15 years of Healing Story Work. In this teleconference, we’ll do a virtual mini-healing story session. I facilitate these sessions regularly in residential drug treatment programs, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and beyond. My primary focus in the groups is to foster resilience, self worth, courage, forgiveness, strength, perseverance and other positive qualities. This approach to healing story is applicable in many environments. I’ll describe some of my challenges and rewards. I’ll also have handouts available with outlines of tried and true healing story sessions.  My hope is that the teleconference will be inspirational and will empower you to look for opportunities to bring healing story to your own situations and environments.stockbridge

Recorded September 22, 2016

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Tom DeWolf and Sharon Morgan

morgan-dewolfGather at the Table: Story Sharing between Descendants of Slavery and Descendants of the Slave Trade. Centuries of injustice and trauma that face us every day in this country have no place for half-truths.  Sharon and Tom took the harder road – searching for healing, they walked together into painful histories and forged an honest friendship along the way, contributing to healing a nation in the throes of racial upheaval. Join us to hear the stories of their journey, the work of Coming to the Table in fostering this story exchange across the country, and the power of story writing and telling in this healing process.  The following links will be referred to during the program:

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Arthuretta H Martin

martinSankofa: Fetching our Souls through Story. Sankofa 2016 – December is a time that we traditionally wind down and reflect on the past year and prepare for the new one to come.  Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates as “Go back and get it.”  In the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either by a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back.  The presentation will be on the need to go back and fetch our souls using story as one of the most precious tools we’ve been given. Aspects of Arthuretta’s PanaFest journey to Ghana will be woven into the presentation. Panafest is a cultural event held in Ghana every two years for Africans and people of African descent.

Recorded December 14, 2016

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Laura Simms

Laura Simms will tell a tale and use it as a touchstone for inspiring a meaningful conversation about how we are feeling at present and how we can be helpful to ourselves and others in this time of sudden potential change, even danger.  This will be a facilitated workshop, not necessarily a talk.  However, “it is my hope that following on our listening, and responding” we can engage in questions and answers about the application of this approach in our own healing work as storytellers.

Recorded January 4, 2017