Everyone has a story. Learn how to tell yours out loud and listen to other tales at Adelphi University’s storytelling conference this week, which highlights its new master’s program in English and theater education.
“The Power of Imagination: A Storytelling Conference,” co-sponsored by Adelphi’s Ruth S. Ammon School of Education and the Winkler Center for Adult Learning, kicks off Friday with a reception and keynote address by international author and storyteller Nancy Mellon.
The conference, which continues through Sunday, celebrates the spoken word by offering workshops such as wisdom and meaning in classical fairytales with examples through folktale puppet repertoire, as well as storytelling in the Native American oral tradition by Shinnecock elder Elizabeth “Thunderbird” Haile.
“We’re in the midst of our electronic information age where everything is texted and communicated from a distance. We really want to offer a balance to our electronic age,” says Diane Caracciolo, assistant professor in the department of curriculum and instruction, who teaches in the art, English and theater education programs.
“There was this heart space where people would sit down and say let me tell you what happened to our family, our people, or in my life,” Caracciolo says, adding that the conference offers a pathway to reconnect to this space and enliven the potential of the imagination.
Open to parents, teachers, artists, health practitioners, librarians, community leaders and all who love stories, participants will come away with a renewed appreciation for listening, heightened appreciation for stories from different cultures and knowledge of the healing properties of storytelling, organizers say.
But above all, “I hope they come away with a greater sensitivity to hear other people’s stories and that they feel their own voices and imaginations are empowered to tell their stories,” says Caracciolo.
WHEN/WHERE 7 p.m. reception and keynote address by Nancy Mellon, Friday at the Waldorf School of Garden City, 225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City.
Keynote address and workshops begin 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by actor Glenn Williamson’s one-man show of Kurt Vonnegut’s “The Kid Nobody Could Handle” and “Who Am I This Time?” in the evening, at the Waldorf School of Garden City, 225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City.
Keynote address and workshops begin 9 a.m. Sunday at Adelphi University’s Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Ave., Garden City.
COST $100 full conference ($60 students and seniors), $65 Saturday only ($35 students and seniors)
INFO To register visit winklercenter.org/events or 516-741-7167