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Saturday, June 15 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Story Circle: Mutual Humanization LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: An interactive, discussion based workshop exploring Freire’s concept of mutual humanization with Story Circle. We’ll share lived experiences to create a space of healing and group connectedness. 

Abstract: Story Circle (SC) was created by members of the Free Southern Theatre during the Civil Rights Movement.  Story Circle is a popular education technique that can be easily implemented by any person and facilitated to the needs of any community.   Participants sit in circles with equidistant spacing, removing physical hierarchies from the structure of each group.  Sitting in a circle also allows participants to see and hear all other participants.  Each participant will have 2 minutes to share a story around a common theme.  Stories can be about their own experiences or an experience of someone close to them.  No story teller is ever cut off from completing their story.   After the Story Circle we will pose reflective questions about how they experienced listening to others’ stories and/or how they experienced sharing their story.  The workshop may end with some Image Theater to support participants as they process their experience.

During this workshop, we will utilize Story Circle to connect our experiences with the Freirean concept of mutual humanization with anti-oppression work and community accountability practices.  This workshop will support community leaders in implementing a new tool for critical conversation and enhance participants’ deep listening skills. Furthermore, Story Circle is an excellent tool for introspection and personal empowerment through a communal experience.  Combining Story Circle with Image Theater can create a powerful tool for understanding complex themes that arise in the daily experiences of individuals.  These techniques also help participants link their individual experiences with the experiences of communities and global issues. 

Challenging Questions
1.  What is an example of mutual humanization you can share during the story circle?
2. What does experiencing mutual humanization feel like?
3. What uses can mutual humanization have in anti-oppression, restorative justice, and/or community accountability practices? What are it’s limits?

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Skye Kantola

Artist & Program Coordinator, Faerie Bear Art & MESA
Skye is a violence prevention educator, a community organizer, and an engaged artist. Skye’s passion for violence prevention, PO and TO in education and social change, and art is rooted in their experiences a disabled trans person, a survivor, and borne in part from their experience... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Serena 207 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA