Storytelling as Activism: A Speaker Series

The Writing Center @ MSU in partnership with the East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA), presents our 3rd speak series “Storytelling as Activism.”

Storytelling, a shared act between tellers and listeners, has the potential to shape not just what we think, but how we think and make meaning together. As Andrea Riley-Mukavetz says, “story is theory” (110).

Stories aren’t just a way to exchange information but a way to inform cultures, change individual and collective actions, create community, and transform public opinion. Stories are a way of knowing. Stories are also a way into feeling and experiencing alongside others, leading us into a knowledge that is personal, living, and engaged.

This speaker series will end with the keynote speaker for this year’s ECWCA conference “Critically Imagining Writing Centers: Stories, Counterstories, and Futures,” hosted by the Writing Center @ MSU in celebration of our 30th year.

Join us for talks from:

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Dr. Lamar Johnson

Blackness Is, Blackness Ain’t: Racial Storytelling as Activism”

Date: November 4, 2021
Time: 1pm-2:30pm
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Note: Dr. Johnson’s talk from October 7 “Embracing the Radical Imagination: Creating a World that is Not Yet through Racial Storytelling” will be available on our YouTube channel soon.


Dr. Travis Webster

“Queerly Centered Stories: LGBTQIA+ Writing Center Leadership, Twenty-First Century Activism, and Disciplinary Sustainability

Date: January 27, 2022
Time: 1pm-2:30pm
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Dr. Andrea Riley Mukavetz

“An Affinity for Spiky Things: Stories on Making Indigenous Space in Higher Education”

Date: February 24, 2022
Time: 1pm-2:30pm
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Dr. Aja Martinez

“The Responsibility of Privilege: A Critical Race Counterstory Conversation for Allies and Accomplices”

Date: April 1, 2022 as the keynote speaker for the ECWCA conference.
Time: TBD
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