To launch Transformative Language in Action, a new anthology co-edited by GGI’s Ruth Farmer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, students, faculty, and the public gathered for a special event to explore what stories we’re changing and challenging with our work, activism, art, and community-building.
The event kicked off with a panel discussion featuring Farmer, Mirriam-Goldberg, and other contributors to the anthology: GGI alumni, faculty members Katt Lissard and Jim Sparrell, and student Seema Reza. Additionally, Jennye Patterson, a current student, who is editing the anthology Queering Sexual Violence also brought her perspective to the panel on life-changing stories and story-changing lives. The panelists presented perspectives on the stories we subvert, revise or leave behind by sharing moments they’ve experienced in areas diverse as a cancer writing and arts group, public schools, the queer community, social change theater in a small south Africa country, a housing authority, a community college, and military hospitals.
The lively discussion that followed explored not only what story people are changing, but who gets (and doesn’t get) to tell the story, the role of mythology in our lives, the dangers of suppressing our deepest stories, and how and when to tell our stories.
Transformative Language Arts in Action, published by Rowan and Littlefield, includes essays on and interviews with Goddard students, faculty, alumni, and others in the world who resonate with Transformative Language Arts, plus “snapshots” — small vignettes on what it means to be a transformative language artists — on writers, storytellers, activists, community leaders, performers, musicians, educators and others using the power of words to catalyze positive change in communities.