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Baltimore Stories: Multiple Communities, Multiple Stories

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Multiple Communities, Multiple Stories

April 23, 2016

Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224)

 

In the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, we need conversations that bring together a variety of voices and communities to address the intersections of poverty, race, ethnicity, and gender and help create new stories about Baltimore. This event highligted stories of identity, belonging, and activism from several Baltimore communities through conversations about the past, present, and future of the city. Participants explored questions of immigration, change, community relations, and social equity and discussed how residents’ experiences are shaped in and through their neighborhoods. After the conversation, participants learned how to use digital storytelling as a way to record and disseminate their voices.

Community Conversation (12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Welcome: Jessica Berman, Director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities and UMBC Professor of English

Facilitator: Ana Oskoz, Associate Director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities and UMBC Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication

Mapping Dialogues Project: Baybrook (Curtis Bay – Brooklyn)
  • Rodette Jones, Community Activist and Manager of the Filbert Street Community Garden in Curtis Bay
  • Nicole King, UMBC Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of the Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community, and Culture
Highlandtown Cultural Heritage Project
  • Maria Nicolaidis, Greektown Resident and Historian
  • Michelle Stefano, UMBC Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies and Co-Director of Maryland Traditions, Maryland State Arts Council
Identity, Immigration, and Belonging in the Hispanic/Latino Community
  • David Rosario, Baltimore City Mayor’s Hispanic Commission Member
  • Ana María Schwartz Caballero, UMBC Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics Intercultural Communication and Baltimore City Mayor’s Hispanic Commission Member
Equity Across City Communities
  • Michael Scott, Chief Equity Officer/Founder, Equity Matters
  • A. Adar Ayira, Director of Programs, Associated Black Charities and Trainer/Facilitator, Baltimore Racial Justice Action

Digital Storytelling Workshop (2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

With Bill Shewbridge, UMBC Professor of the Practice in Media and Communication Studies; and Tania Lizarazo, UMBC Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics Intercultural Communication

In this workshop, participants helped to create a short digital story – their Baltimore story – that may be included on the Baltimore Stories website. They were asked to create a personal narrative that records their life experience and reflect their own thoughts about Baltimore communities.


 

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