Meeting dates: March 25, 2019 – April 12, 2019

Stories are an integral part of human life; they inform people’s emotional lives and are a cultural and social expression for societies around the world. Stories can reflect and help individuals and communities to examine their values, stereotypes and prejudices. The ability to tell stories can be empowering for marginalized communities by giving them the space to tell the truth and to put on record their demand for justice. For communities in conflict, stories often serve as an opportunity to deal with their past and as a platform to raise awareness about their suffering. As much as telling stories is natural to humans, storytelling skills to improve communication and listening can be learned. When storytelling is effective, it functions as a creative tool to transform conflicts while providing a voice to those who are voiceless. In this class, students will learn to use stories (telling, listening and developing) to build greater understanding and respect among individuals and communities in conflict and thus lay the foundations for effective change – social, cultural, institutional and political.

8:00am-9:50am on Friday at CFNT CF434 (Jan 28, 2019 to May 17, 2019)
8:00am-11:50am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at CFNT CF434 (Jan 28, 2019 to May 17, 2019)
Casa Fuente CF434