Telling Stories To Build Stronger Communities

Feb 18, 2016

Telling and hearing experiences that acknowledge real cases of bias in our communities, both contemporary and historical, can feel at once empowering and uncomfortable.

Grace, Bobby, and Ahsante in the studio.
Credit JPR News

How do we talk about personal experiences and learned stories in ways that emphasize individual empowerment and collective progress? What role may those stories serve for personal growth, shared justice, and societal advancement? 

Bias and its undoing is a theme running through this weekend's Social Justice Conference at Southern Oregon University. 

Professor and award-winning writer Robert Arellano and students Ahsante Foree (SOU) and Grace Pruitt (Ashland High School) take up the story task in a session called "Telling Stories to Transform Communities." 

They join us in the studio with a preview.