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Storytelling as a Force for Social Change

Georgetown University MA Program in Conflict Resolution

Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)

Storytelling as a Force for Social Change

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Join the CR Program for a talk with Kiran Singh Sirah, Executive Director of the International Storytelling Center, for a lunch talk on November 20th. Please RSVP no later than November 18. Lunch will be served. 

Human beings tell stories. Stories are part of everyday life. That’s how we have made sense of our world, formed community, a sense of belonging and understanding. The processes of sharing them are building blocks for deep interpersonal relationships, and where the process of healing community and celebration may be found. When we engage in story-telling and story-listening, we experience new worlds and discover how other people travel in paths similar to our own. Stories not only tell us the diversity of traditions and customs of a region, they allow us to make connections to different cultures but in fact are not that different at all. In this talk Kiran Singh Sirah will explore the role of storytelling in what he describes as one of the greatest social forces we can use to foster social change and how we might collectively use of new storytelling forms, in the arenas of peace, international development,  to help establish a conflict free world.

Speaker bio: Kiran Singh Sirah is Executive Director of the International Storytelling Center, producers of the world acclaimed National Storytelling Festival, based in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Kiran has established a number of award-winning arts, cultural and human rights programs in the UK. After 9/11 he developed programs at National Museums Scotland, and created a number of peace and conflict resolution initiatives exploring issues of religious, ethnic, and sectarian conflicts in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He went on to lead the Helen Keller International Arts award, establishing disability arts part of Glasgow’s Creative UNESCO City of Music. In 2011 Kiran embarked on a Rotary Peace Fellowship, focusing on focusing on the folklore of “home”. Working across the arts, cultural and peacebuilding and the international development community he emphasizes his interest in “the power of human creativity, arts, storytelling and social justice, and the notion of a truly multicultural society.” In 2012, Kiran was invited to give a key note address at the RI- United Nations Day at the UN headquarters, entitled Telling Stories That Matter- A project that encourages the use of arts, culture and diverse storytelling within the international peace building community.
 
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Bunn ICC
37th St NW
McGhee Library
Washington, DC 20007

Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)


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The MA Program in Conflict Resolution is offered through the Department of Government at Georgetown University. For more information, visit our website. 

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