The Power of Stories
Humans, both individually and collectively, are story-making and story-telling creatures. Stories shape powerfully who we are, what we believe, and how we act—for both good and ill.
Stories can be very short. For example, as individuals, we may tell ourselves, “I’m no good,” “I can do anything I set out to do,” or “I am so afraid of others finding out who I really am.”
But stories can also be long, complex, and durable. Think of the stories supportive of patriarchal privilege, evolution, American exceptionalism, globalization.
In considering the power of stories, we will examine both the sources of stories and their impacts. We will explore what it means to question our stories, and we will analyze the difficulties and challenges involved in letting go of false and hurtful stories and embracing new and helpful ones.
Theme proposed by Karla Bohmbach, Professor of Religious Studies
Dr. Keith E. Edwards is a scholar and educator who has spoken on college campuses about assault preventions, men’s identity, social justice education, curricular approaches beyond the classroom, and leadership over the past 18 years. He has spoken and consulted at over 200 colleges and universities, presented over 200 programs at national conferences, and has written more than 20 articles or book chapters on these issues. He also co-edited the book Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education.