Stories for Social Change


This course takes as its centerpiece a story-building collaboration among Duke students and Durham community members that examines societal "visibility" and "invisibility" built by poverty, privilege, physical violence, and injustice. Students will engage in an expansive dialogue on race, class, and gender as unique yet interlinked social barriers to coalition building. Students will also investigate the ways in which personal narratives and storytelling advocate for social justice and reform. Course partnerships with North Carolina arts and service organizations such as Hidden Voices and the Durham Crisis Response Center and Duke-based offices such as the Women’s Center and the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity will allow students and community participants to craft, interrogate, and perform stories with the goal of creating social awareness and investigating policy change around the issues of sexual and domestic violence.