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PRE-CONFERENCE INSTITUTE SESSION 1121

Session Title

1121: Creating counter-storytelling community for cross-race dialogue and action

Session Times

Tuesday, May 28: 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Abstract

This one day institute is designed for those who are interested in facilitating authentic cross-racial dialogue in educational and community settings. The institute will introduce and use the Storytelling Model and four Story Types (Bell, 2010) as a frame for identifying and understanding the kinds of stories we tell about race and racism in the US. The institute will involve participants in cross-racial dialogue using the documentary film, "40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?" as a prompt for writing, reflection, dialogue, and planning future action. The institute provides an opportunity to consider cross-race dialogue from both an historical and contemporary perspective (Bell, Joshi, Funk & Valdivia, 2016), examine factors that prevent authentic dialogue across difference, and identify skills and frameworks that can more effectively sustain honest dialogue across diverse communities. The institute invites participants to build a counter-storytelling community in which genuine dialogue about race and racism is possible and productive. Because we hope to engage in cross-race dialogue we encourage participants to bring colleagues whose perspectives and experiences can enhance the diversity of the group. We can accommodate a group of 20-30 participants in this institute. This session should particularly benefit those who seek to more effectively and creatively facilitate authentic cross-race dialogue in campus and community settings.

Presenters

Lee Anne Bell, EdD, Professor Emerita, Barnard College, Columbia University

Michael Funk, EdD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Education and Human Development, New York University