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Beyond The Vagina Monologues: A Student Forum Showcase

Check out a cool event from Meg de Recat ’17:

Looking to take a break and get ~inspired~ before finals? Come to Beyond The Vagina Monologues, a showcase of original creative works written by the students who were in a forum on storytelling, performance art, and gender rights activism this semester.

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Admissions are free, but donations will be accepted for NARAL Pro-Choice CT, an awesome reproductive rights organization that is based in Hartford.
FORUM MEMBERS: Alex Rothenberg, Anna Strzempko, Ginger Hollander, Ike Fuchs, Lily Homer, Madeline Jones, Maxine Go, Michaela Olson, Natalie Bina, Taryn Johnson ~Some background about the showcase~
This fall, Meg de Recat ’17 and Jessica Perelman ’17 led a student forum, “Beyond The Vagina Monologues,” about topics pertaining to gender, sexuality, and race in the context of theater and performance art. This forum was an attempt to create a space to build upon the critiques and questions raised by the Wesleyan community regarding The Vagina Monologues. The show, which has been performed for over ten years at Wesleyan, is usually passed down from the directors to cast members. We hoped to challenge the institutionalization of this practice by creating a forum, which served to facilitate critical dialogues centered on the themes in the show, instead of automatically continuing this tradition.*

The conversations among the forum members have informed the collection of stories, poems, and artwork that will be presented in this “coffee-house” showcase. These student works relate to aspects of identity, relationships, intimacy, and the current political climate.** We hope that this showcase will foster new conversations and create a welcoming environment for people to connect, share, and enjoy some beautiful stories and art!

*If anyone is interested in directing The Vagina Monologues next semester, please contact Meg and Jessica for more information (mderecate[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, jperelman[at]wesleyan[dot]edu). Unless someone decides to undertake this project, there is no guarantee that the show will be performed this year.

** Some works include stories related to sexual assault and trauma. Please be mindful of your own self-care when choosing whether or not to attend.

Date: Thursday December 8th, 2016
Time: 8-9:30pm (the runtime of the showcase is about 1 hour)
Place: The Bayit

 

Submit to / See the Sloth: OH SHIT

sloth poop emojiThe deadline to submit is TODAY so if you are a storyteller, read this message from Lizzie Shackney ’16, Kobi Bordoley ’16, Isabel Alter ’17, and Rachel Day ’16:

tell ur wescams, tell ur friends, tell wescams who are also friends: it’s the final Sloth of the year, and the last chance that you get to tell ur SHITTY STORIES.

The Sloth is like this other thing called the Moth. YOU tell the audience a story, 5 minutes or less, relating to our theme. Audience laughs/cries/shits its pants. It is great, and you, yes you, should try it.

THE THEME: …oh shit.
however you choose to interpret that ;)

SUBMIT to wesloth(at)gmail(at)com BY MONDAY, APRIL 25: a story pitch to us, 200 words or less, and give us an idea of the story you’d like to tell

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27: storytellers announced
THURSDAY, APRIL 28: the show – a fun event for all!

Submission Deadline: TODAY

Show Date: Thursday, April 28
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: the Workshop (behind Hewitt 8)
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Tell a Story at the Sloth!

slothFrom Kobi Bordoley ’16:

Across time and culture, storytelling and oral tradition are an indelible element of humankind. Connect with your primordial self and tell a story at The Sloth’s first event of the year! The Sloth (based loosely off the group that wouldn’t let us use their name) provides a time and place where individuals can come together to share true stories from their life. We laugh, we cry, it’s all very cathartic.

Seeing as the month of Spooktober is well upon us, the theme of the night will be MONSTERS Feel free to interpret the theme any way you’d like – tell a story about the monsters under your bed or the ones peeking through closet doors; monsters from your past you’ve overcome and those you struggle to defeat. Monsters can be living or dead, and some of the scariest are nowhere at all—save for your head. Stories can be happy, sad, funny, ominous: all emotions are valid.

If you’d like to tell a story at The Sloth, please email wesloth[at]gmail[dot]com with a 200 word-ish pitch of your story by WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 11:59 PM. Stories should aim to be about 5 minutes long.

There is room for 7 STORYTELLERS to tell their stories SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 in the WESTCO CAFE. Whether you tell a story or not, come out to the event and remind yourself of the importance of never judging your peers – you never know what they’ve gone through, but you might find out a little at The Sloth! Learn, share, & listen with us.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, October 14 at 11:59 PM

Voss Visiting Scholar Lecture: Storytelling in the Digital Age

voss posterFrom Emily Brown ’12:

With traditional bookstores shuttering and ebooks on the rise, publishing is an industry in transition. Good stories, however, still have a cultural impact and can attract an audience in any format. Join literary agent and Wesleyan alumnus Luke Janklow ’89 to discuss the state of publishing, the rise of ebooks and the cultural impact of strong storytelling in publishing and beyond.

Date: Monday, April 28

Time: 8:00-9:30 PM

Place: Center for Film Studies

Link

Student Forum Interest Meeting: Radio Storytelling

Rebecca Seidel ’15 and Aviva Hirsch ’16 invite you to an interest meeting for their student forum:

Calling all podcast enthusiasts, future radio producers, writers, listeners, storytellers, soundscapers, and people in general:
We are having an interest meeting tomorrow for our student forum, Radio Storytelling: Crafting a Narrative Through Sound. The forum will be part seminar and part workshop, and it will give you a chance to listen to, talk about, and produce your own radio stories. For more info about what we’ll be doing and how you can enroll, come to Allbritton 004 tomorrow at 2PM!

Date: Saturday, January 25 – tomorrow!
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 004 (next to Espwesso)

Documentary Trolls Meeting

Radio board

Real talk though: do this. It’s going to be awesome, and Becca Seidel ’15 knows what’s up:

If you love This American Life, Radiolab, or any other programs that tell incredible stories through sound, then listen up: the trolls are emerging once again. And by that, I’m not referring to the mythological cave-dwellers, those creepy dolls with the fuzzy hair, or the ACB.

Tomorrow (Friday) at 5PM will be this year’s first meeting of the Documentary Trolls, a radio storytelling collective that began taking shape at Wesleyan last year. The purpose of the group will be to provide a collaborative space in which to create and share audio stories. We will be listening to excerpts from memorable/weird/generally cool radio stories and podcast episodes that have come out in the past few years, and we’ll use those as a starting point to discuss techniques for interviews, narration, sound design, and the use of music in radio storytelling.

Last year, the Trolls came out with a pretty sweet final product: a set of stories that aired on WESU towards the beginning of the summer. We might try to do that again, but we also might just listen to a lot of great radio stories and talk about them. Either way, it’s gonna be super low-key. No experience necessary!

Date: Friday, November 15th, 2013
Time: 5 PM
Place: WESU (above Broad Street Books – contact Becca if you’re not a WESU staff member so she can let you in.)
Contact: rseidel(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

Meeting of the Radio Documentary Trolls

You can catch him at sound check. You can catch him on the radio every Friday. You can catch him in his Outside Lands hoodie. You cannot catch him shaving his beard. He is the omnipresent yet untraceable Mickey Capper ’13, and he has materialized long enough for me to record an important message that he brings to Wesleyan and the Middletown community:

We’re holding the first meeting of the radio storytelling group tomorrow (2/16) at 3pm in Studio B at WESU (above Red & Black). If you’re interested and can or can’t make it, send me an email at mcapper[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with a subject line that includes the word “troll.”

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The intention of the group is to support each other in creating audio stories, providing constructive criticism to each other, producing a quality “audio publication” at the end of the semester (on par with This American Life, Radiolab, or at least better than whatever other college kids are doing), and reclaiming the term “troll” from the evils of the Internet on behalf of the dope creatures that live under bridges.
Tomorrow we’ll be:
  • Listening to some short radio docs and discussing different techniques for interviews, narration, music, and sound design;
  • Discussing the materials available to record and edit stories, as well as sources for advice and information on what makes a good story.
What: Radio Documentary Explorers aka Doc Ex aka .docx
Where: WESU, 45 Broad Street (above Red & Black)
When: Saturday, February 16
Time: 3 – 4pm
Contact: mcapper[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with subject line “Troll”

Liveblog: Brendan O’Donnell ’14 Tells Stories in WestCo Cafe

Brendan, being all photogenic and shit.

Greetings, readers. We’re reporting to you live from WestCo Cafe, where the esteemed and honorable Brendan O’Donnell ’14 is about to delve deep into the tales of his triumphs and travails in Chile last semester. If you’re not sure why this is a thing, here’s a bit of context from our event post this afternoon:

Some weeks ago, when Brendan O’Donnell ’14, otherwise known as BZOD, otherwise known as The King of Friends, made his triumphant return from Chile, I joked that he had so many people to catch up with, he should just have one huge catch-up session and get it all out at once. He replied that he was actually thinking of booking the CFA Hall for similar purposes (and our readers enthusiastically approved). Instead, he has opted to reserve WestCo Cafe.

According to Brendan, he declined to invite Michael Roth ’78, “and his dog was less than responsive.” Roth or no Roth, if you can’t make the event yourself, our livelog updates will appear past the jump.

Story Co-Op Meeting

Time for some traumatic childbirth stories! (Jaykay, no one remembers being born). From Sarah Corey ’15:

The very first Story Co-op meeting of the year will be Thursday at 7 in the Westco Lounge. Come ready to share and listen to stories that fit the theme “earliest memories.” Enjoy cookies and tea and a fun atmosphere for telling stories!

Date: Tonight, September 20th
Time: 7pm
Place: WestCo Lounge
Facebook Event: Link.

Wesleyan Story Co-op, Part III

From Sarah Corey ’15:

Come and share “something you’ve never told anyone before (but it’s kind of boring).”

Share some true and true-ish stories. As always, mood lighting and tea will be provided.

Time: Today, 8-10 p.m.
Place: WestCo lounge
Cost:
Life experience