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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.


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.


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

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