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Storytelling and Social Justice (Portland Underground Grad School course)

SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main
3534 SE Main Street
Portland, OR 97214, US (map)



Storytelling and Social Justice: Telling Better Stories for a Better Future

Do you want to promote justice and inspire others, but aren't sure how? It starts with telling the right story. Sharpen your communications skills to make meaningful change happen in your own community.

Dates: Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, and 29 (skips 11/22) || 6:30-8:30pm
Location: SE Uplift || 3534 SE Main St

It's easy to feel powerless in our current climate: we hear heartbreaking stories in the media and on the streets, but don't know how to act. But what if we had the power to change the script and add our own stories to the world? In this course, we will examine how stories personally affect us and advance a better society. Cognitive linguistics research and social movements throughout history prove that stories inspire true change. By advocating for new narratives and making them visible to mainstream culture, we can call others to action.

Over four weeks, seasoned storyteller Matt Kinshella will help students flesh out stories of their own, understand the complex roots of social movements, and challenge preconceived notions along the way. His storytelling has elevated the profile of social services and motivated people to take action in their communities. Matt will teach you to tell compelling stories, and even change the course of history.