Speak, Listen, Learn: Stories as Resistance
Date & Time
TUES July 9 | 7-8:30 PM
Doors open at 6:30 PM, program begins at 7.
Free. Please RSVP here
“The foundation of peace is friendship.” —Alice Walker, 7/1/13 Chicago
“I believe that peace is not merely an absence of war, but the nurture of human life.” —Jane Addams
Building peace is about much more than living non-violently. The cultivation of peace can take on many forms. This month’s installment of the Building Peace and Justice (BPJ) series looks at the practice of storytelling as a model for peace building. What happens when we bear witness to an individual’s story? How can we encourage sharing and listening and spaces that foster empathy and friendship?
For the third installment in the series, Hull-House will be joined by talented public radio host, Luis Perez of Vocalo's daily afternoon show, "Overdrive." Perez is curating a night of story sharing activities with a powerful line-up of local artists, storytellers including Xavier Retana, Shannon Cason, Kuumba Lynx, Paul Whitehouse and YOU.
Throughout the BPJ series the museum and collaborators are exploring community and individual trauma, healing, civic responsibility and innovative frameworks that seek to create the conditions for peace and more justice.
Restorative justice is one framework laced throughout each month’s investigation of peace building. By focusing on storytelling for the July 9th event, the BJC series highlights a critical principal of restorative justice – repairing fractures through conversation. Restorative justice seeks to build partnerships to reestablish mutual responsibility for constructive responses to wrongdoing within our communities. An important process within restorative justice is the concept of healing or the collaborative unburdening of pain for the victim, offender, and community. Can storytelling bring about change? For 2 hours on July 9 we will try.
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.