The Power of Stories: Language, Communication, and Leadership for Creating Change

Winter
Winter 2020
Olympia
Olympia
Evening
Evening
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
812
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Rebecca Chamberlain
literature, writing, storytelling

We will explore the power of stories to shape and change the world, from traditional myth-tellers to the art of storytelling in the modern world, stories are fundamental to being human. How and why do we tell them?  How do stories help us navigate our lives? We will use the art of storytelling to build bridges, cultivate understanding, create community, and as a tool for communication, empowerment, and leadership.

Through guided and supported practice, we will unlock the imaginative and poetic skills of the storyteller. As we listen for the elements of oral narrative in everyday events, we will learn to interpret experiences and frame narratives that nourish ourselves, our relationships, our communities, and our connection to the natural world. We will examine ways that the media, political, and social structures use stories to shape popular consciousness, and we will trace the development of narratives through spoken-word and mnemonic-arts to the technologies of writing, literature, print, and modern media.

Participants will develop and refine stories for oral presentation, and will focus on an area of professional practice, service, or leadership as they explore the forms, strengths, and uses of storytelling as a practical art for transformative healing, learning, activism, advocacy, social change, communication, and community-building, as well as for sustaining cultural and family groups, supporting self-reflection, and providing entertainment through a variety of performance, literary, or technological mediums. We will also explore how stories function in traditional oral cultures where language and myth are often grounded in a relationship between humans and the natural world.

From science, to story, to sustainability, to social and environmental justice, to human and community service--this program offers a foundation in both theory and practice as we explore storytelling and word-play in a variety of interdisciplinary and professional fields, and from diverse cultural, artistic, and social perspectives. Participants will be encouraged to share stories in a wide variety of settings as we ask: “How can stories, ancient and modern, help us understand and respond to the challenges we face in a quickly changing world?”

12 Credit Option: Students who enroll for 12 credits will participate in all program activities plus a 4 credit in-program Individual Learning Contract (ILC) or Internship. The content of the ILC or internship must to relate to the program and will need to be approved by the faculty by the end of Week 1 of the quarter. Email the faculty directly with any questions about other credit options.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

education, community service, community action research, administration, public and human services, counseling and psychology, public advocacy, political discourse, ethics and law, folklore and oral history, writing, literature, language, communications, media studies, the arts, leadership, social entrepreneurship, natural history, environmental and outdoor education, STEAM/science education and communication, diversity studies, social, political and environmental activism, and other areas. 

812

Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Fees:

$50 for event and conference entrance fees, including the Chinese New Year Ceremony on January 31st

Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
Evening

Scheduled for: Evening

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 6:00 pm
SEM 2 B1105 - Lecture

Located in: Olympia

DateRevision
2019-11-0512-credit option added (CRN 20289)