Alumni Programs

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

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Participate in this Evergreen seminar exploring the relationship of storytelling to the human condition and the adaptation of storytellers to various media throughout the ages. Member of the Faculty Rebecca Chamberlain and animator/writer Craig Bartlett ’81 facilitate this discussion while Michelle Philippe '91 hosts this event for Greeners and friends in the Los Angeles area. 


Program Overview

Human beings have always found ways to express ideas and tell stories through a variety of media including cave paintings, oral histories, religious texts, dance and theater. All these media communicate the human experience and contain enduring themes and lessons. Animation is yet another medium, an avenue for storytelling with powerful potential to communicate imagery and emotion through sound, color and motion. Join this traveling seminar to investigate the current state of storytelling in our culture, explore how storytelling informs the broader liberal arts and analyze how modes of communication influence human evolution.

About Traveling Seminars

Around the country, alumni, parents and friends of the college gather for faculty-led discussions around big ideas. Feed your passion for life-long learning and activate your engagement with the Evergreen community by participating.


  • Saturday February 9, 2013
  • 2:00–2:45 pm Reception with light refreshments
  • 2:45–5:00 pm Seminar
  • Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90057
  • Limit of 25 participants
  • Regular registration: $20
  • Discounted registration for Evergreen students and alumni who graduated between 2008–2012: $10

Seminar Facilitators

Rebecca Chamberlain, Member of the Faculty

Rebecca ChamberlainRebecca Chamberlain, a Northwest writer, storyteller and educator, has taught interdisciplinary programs at The Evergreen State College since 1996. Her graduate work in English Literature at the University of Washington explored Medieval literature, along with comparatives studies of oral narrative, ethno-poetics and Native American language and storytelling traditions. She developed storytelling, interpretive, and educational programs for Science, Environmental, Arts and Tribal organizations. As a Washington state Artist in Residence and Folk Artist from 1987-2007, she toured locally, nationally, and internationally as a storyteller. She also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in literature, poetry, composition, writing, storytelling, Environmental and Astronomy Education. She published essays, poems, articles and curriculum materials that integrate literature, myth, folklore, natural history, storytelling and the arts. In her spare time, she is certified as an advanced yoga instructor, has completed the Mountaineer's Basic Climbing, Leadership, and First Aid Instructor Courses, and is involved in beekeeping.  

Craig Bartlett ‘81, Animator
Craig Bartlett

After graduating from The Evergreen State College in 1981, Craig Bartlett went to work as an animator at the award-winning Will Vinton Studios in Portland, Oregon. In 1987, he moved to Los Angeles to direct the Penny cartoons for “Pee-wee's Playhouse” on CBS. He later created the television and book series “Hey Arnold!” for Nickelodeon. Craig created his second television and book series, “Dinosaur Train,” for PBS in 2008.

Your regular yearly gifts to the Evergreen Annual Fund are vital to the continued support of students and faculty. Thank you. The goal of the Traveling Seminar Series is to bring together members of the extended Evergreen community to rekindle the joy of intellectual exploration.