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Saturday, January 28 • 15:30 - 16:25
Living with Discomfort and Making Possible a Multiplicity of Stories FULL

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“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.” (Adiche, 2009)

We begin with a screening of renowned author and activist Chimamanda Adichie’s 2009 TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” as a way to (re)consider single or stereotypical stories we may (un)consciously hold about ourselves and others. Living with discomfort challenges us to face our vulnerabilities, but by working with these challenges we open up possibilities for ourselves and others to courageously live different stories.

We hope audiences leave with an increased awareness of the stories that they hold of themselves and others, and an increased commitment to resisting single stories. Through co-creating a space to inquire into these stories between presenters and audiences, and through working with discomfort as we all engage in this work, we hope to foster a sense of community and possibility. We further hope that audiences tap into their courage to increasingly see themselves and others through a multiplicity of stories.

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Hiroko Kubota

PhD Candidate, University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing
Hiroko Kubota is a registered nurse in Japan and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on structures of marginalization, constructions of citizenship and inequity, and philosophical thinking about human rights and human conditions... Read More →
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Jinny Menon

PhD Candidate, University of Alberta
Jinny Menon is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta and a member of the university’s Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development (CRTED) community. She obtained her Masters of Education in Educational Studies with a focus in school improvement and... Read More →

Saturday January 28, 2017 15:30 - 16:25 PST
CCIS 1-140 Centennial Centre for Interdiciplanary Science, U of A North Campus