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Storytelling for Social Change

Storytelling for Social Change

Friday, October 13, 2017, 10am-4pm.  $95


Instructors: Kathleen Haughey, VFC Co-Executive Director & Ethnomusicologist; Mary Rizos, VFC Education Outreach and PD Coordinator & Photographer


Storytelling, oral history, and ethnography can be powerful tools for the documentation of voices, memories and histories. They can also be catalysts for activism and social change. In this workshop we will explore the ethics and techniques of oral history, ethnography, and storytelling as activist research methodologies. Attendees will be introduced to these three merging methodologies through a combination of short media pieces and discussions, and will learn the basics of corresponding skills such as interviewing, story circle facilitation, and ethnographic observation. We will also cover the technical aspects of storytelling for social change, providing an introduction to minimal resource audio recording tools.


This workshop is intended for students, community members, and staff members of non-profit cultural, community and social-service agencies interested in developing collaborative documentary or storytelling skills. In addition to developing attendees’ collaborative research abilities, this workshop seeks to expand attendees listening skills—and by extension, interviewing skills—while also encouraging attendees to consider the challenges, possibilities, and ethics of representation. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of project ideas.


Storytelling for Social Change is a part of the Vermont Folklife Center’s Cultural Sustainability Institute workshop series.  Cultural Sustainability provides a framework for examining human experience in the present with an awareness of the past and a view toward the future.


The tuition for this workshop is $95. Attendance is limited to 14 participants and the registration deadline is May 18. Register by calling (802) 388-4964.


This workshop will be held at the Vermont Folklife Center building at 88 Main Street in downtown Middlebury.

 Learn more about all our upcoming workshops here: 2017 Spring Cultural Sustainability Institute Workshops

Earlier Event: October 6
The Art of the Interview