Digital Storytelling and Social Change
History, Practices, Values and Principles
Joe Lambert and Ngozi Oparah, StoryCenter
Thursday, March 12
Lecture at 5:30 pm, followed by a reception and book signing
King Library 320
Out of an abundance of caution and in following the recommendations of President Crawford, Governor DeWine, and state public health officials to minimize non-essential group gatherings, Digital Storytelling: Public Talk has been canceled. We sincerely appreciate your understanding as we take steps to ensure the continued wellbeing of all our Miami community.
StoryCenter began working in a new form of popular literacy in their San Francisco Mission District based training center in 1993. Digital Storytelling was originally conceived as an arts-based intervention for youth and community activists. Over the last 25 years it has grown to an international movement of innovative organizing, engagement and communication practices in education, public health, healthcare, environmental activism, the arts, and numerous other fields. Lambert and Oparah will review the background of their work and provide case studies of projects related to diverse populations that have engaged their center in university and higher education contexts, as well as human services, and independent community-based organizations.
Joe Lambert founded the Center for Digital Storytelling (now StoryCenter) in 1994. He and his colleagues developed a computer training and arts program known as the Digital Storytelling Workshop. Joe and his staff have traveled the world to spread the practice of digital storytelling, to all 50 U.S. states and some 48 countries. Lambert is the author of Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community (5th Edition Routledge), Digital Storytelling: Story Work for Urgent Times (6th Edition -release March 15, 2020, Digital Diner Press), and Seven Stages: Story and the Human Experience (Digital Diner Press, 2013). In 2020, he celebrated his 37th year as an Executive Director of StoryCenter and its predecessor arts organization, having evolved his work in the 1980s in the performing arts to work in digital storytelling and media education in the 1990s.
Ngozi Oparah, StoryCenter's Community Programs Director, is a queer, first-generation, Nigerian-American born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta. She arrived in the Bay Area in 2013. Ngozi has spent much of her professional career as an educator— teaching art and English in both community and university settings; a researcher— coordinating National Institute of Mental Health-funded Neuropsychiatry research; a mental health advocate and counselor; and an artist. Ngozi has self-published works of poetry and fiction and is interested in how the tenets of narrative therapy and philosophy can inform writing, storytelling, and individual and community healing. BS, Neuroscience and philosophy, Duke University; MFA, Writing, California College of the Arts.