Visiting Scholars Claudia Guerra on Mapping for Social Justice and Cultural Sustainability, and Yvette Hyater-Adams on Transforming Narratives

12308110_10206518991746820_1335577300843926606_oOur fall 2016 residency features two powerful visiting scholars, both Goddard alumni who have made and continue to make significant differences in the world: Claudia Guerra, and Yvette Hyater-Adams.

Claudia Guerra (IMA-CS ‘11) graduated from the Goddard College IMA program with a concentration in Consciousness Studies. She is currently the Cultural Historian of San Antonio, Texas and is trying very hard to use the power of transformative work she learned at Goddard to quietly, respectfully and surreptitiously change the way the local government engages with disenfranchised communities and reclaims erased histories. Here sessions include:

Keynote: Mapping the Soul of Community: Counter- Mapping for Social Justice and Cultural Sustainability: Throughout history, people have created and used maps to find places, to keep us from getting lost, to shape the boundaries of geographic space, to shape history and to keep us in our place. Maps have been used to tell particular, specific and exclusionary histories, to keep some of us out of our place. In recent years, counter-mapping has become a way to tell the alternate story; a way to record, document and archive social geographies that have been forgotten, hidden and replaced. Counter-mapping culture gives voice to Indigenous, migrant, and other marginalized communities and offers potential to safeguard intangible heritage that flows out and away from mainstream culture. This presentation will present both the beautiful and sordid history of maps while it articulates how counter-mapping works to restore the forgotten and erased soul of a community. The presentation will also address why it may be useful to Goddard student practice and because the presentation is given by a somewhat recent Goddard graduate, tips on life after Goddard will be sprinkled throughout in a platica—Spanish for “let’s talk”—format.

Workshop: Mapping to Save your Soul! Maps are more than pieces of paper with geographic points. Maps say “We are Here” but they also say “Who we are.” They make note of things you can discover along your way. They guide you. They take you on a journey. Essentially, maps are stories about the lives of people in places. In this workshop, we will make map out our stories, memories, and emotions to create a tangible document that is both archive and art. And, hopefully, inspire and teach you to take this technique back to your community as a form of sharing and engagement leading to social sustainability.13680912_10209288561398585_3616504419242438469_n

Yvette Hyater-Adams (IMA-TLA ‘03) is a writer, teaching-artist, and transformative narrative practitioner in applied behavioral science. She runs Narratives for Change and is a highly sought-after leadership coach and facilitator for writing workshops, a designer of women’s and girl’s leadership programs, and uses autoethnography as social action writing.

Keynote Presentation: Seeing Your Way Clear Through Transformative Narratives: Storytelling is a powerful way to engage in deep listening and meaning making that requires time, patience, skill and gratitude. How might we practice narrative listening to written and spoken words and pay attention to where they land in our bodies? What if we consciously connect with words that trigger our reactions—understand their legacy, and claim them as real and raw parts of ourselves? What if we speak our truth framed as what we want to happen that brings forward commonly espoused values such as peace, love, freedom, respect, honesty, and integrity? What if the narratives that live inside our experience are told true as positive reframes, e.g. My needs were not met, becomes, I am on a path to get my needs met. This storytelling presentation provides a perspective based on my scholar-practitioner work with transformative narratives. Learn ways individuals, groups, and systems can genuinely hear each other’s story, practice owning their projections and understanding their legacy, and experiment with positive reframing as an approach to take steps toward transformative change.

Workshop: When Literary-Based Narrative Inquiry transforms Teams and Work Cultures: This workshop is designed to explore the use of arts-based forms in organizations, specifically literary-based narrative inquiry models (such as the facilitator’s model, Transformative Narratives), that apply storytelling, poem-making, creative writing and autoethnography to help transform teams and workplace cultures. Participants design interventions using narrative tools in basic organizational development models such as Kurt Lewin’s change theory model, (freeze, unfreeze, refreeze) and Bruce Tuckman’s group development model (forming, storming, norming, performing and transforming). Reflexive and reflective practice are introduced and used during the workshop. Participants will take part in an interactive, experiential learning process to:

    • Use “case stories” that initiate building workplace team or culture scenarios
    • Identify and select literary-based methods to design team or culture interventions
    • Apply selected narrative tool



Participants walk away informed on ways their arts-based practice can be used with teams and in workplace cultures. Framing practice for organizational use can expand work assignments and sustain oneself in Right Livelihood.

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