January 17, 2018 –
Listening Beyond Privilege: Reaching across Culturally Constructed Boundaries to Hear, Honor and Preserve One Another’s Stories with Milbre Burch and Berkley Hudson
Growing up White in the racially-segregated, Jim Crow South, storyteller Milbre Burch and journalist Berkley Hudson have spent their lives listening to, honoring and preserving stories—from people whose experiences were like and unlike their own. In the late nineties, the couple became “accidental ethnographers,” when they were commissioned to create the Storytelling Project of the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton University. In 200 hours of interviews with culture bearers and platform performers, they archived the diverse experiences of storytellers from Maine to Hawaii. Today, the two are college educators and activists. Their commitment to social justice keeps them doing the difficult work of reaching across culturally constructed borders, through deep listening and sharing of stories. The focus of this teleconference is to offer models for welcoming everyone’s stories of race, ethnicity and privilege to the listening table.