Oral History Class Preserves History, Promotes Community

Arizona State University News (Phoenix, AZ) , May 21, 2009 Summary: Save Our Stories (SOS) is a new Communication Studies degree course in Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Designed to preserve the stories of a diverse community while teaching students communication skills and research applications, the SOS course is directed…

Why Right-brainers Will Rule This Century

Why Right-brainers Will Rule This Century CNN.com (Atlanta, GA), May 7, 2009 Summary: Your left brain is logical, linear, by-the-numbers; the right side is creative, artistic, empathetic. Oprah Winfrey talks with Daniel Pink about his groundbreaking book, “A Whole New Mind”, and explores how right-brain thinkers are wired for 21st-century success. The best part: Anyone…

Festival Connects Storytelling, Peace-building

Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, Canada) , May 6, 2009 Summary: Yarns, myths, folk tales, legends, fables, historical narratives and just plain stories are being shared today through Saturday at the fourth annual Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival. The free festival is presented by the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul’s College,…

Champaign-Urbana Group Revives Art of Storytelling

Daily Illini (University of Illinois, Champaign, IL), April 7, 2009 Summary: The Champaign-Urbana Storytelling Guild takes storytelling from children’s bedtime fodder to an elaborate art form. The Guild, which was founded in 2001, sponsors local storytelling concerts and events and participates in workshops and benefits. “The whole point of it is to support new tellers…

Life Stories: Children Find Meaning in Old Family Tales

Wall Street Journal (New York, NY), March 11, 2009 Summary: As parents cut budgets, many are finding family stories have surprising power to help children through hard times. Storytelling experts say the phenomenon reflects a growing national interest in telling tales, evidenced by a rise in storytelling events and festivals. New research bears out the…

The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn

Scientific American Mind (New York, NY), September, 2008 Summary: Storytelling is a human universal, and common themes appear in tales throughout history and all over the the world. The best stories—those retold through generations and translated into other languages—do more than simply present a believable picture. These tales captivate their audience, whose emotions can be…

Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy

Journal of Evolution and Technology (Hartford, CT), – Vol. 19 Issue 1 – September 2008 – pgs 51-61   Summary: Will the transhuman technologies that our accelerating future promises enable us to increase our empathy to others? Or will their use decrease our ability to understand ‘the other’ that exists outside our own selves, families,…