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Project Dialogue: Narrative 4

Tuesday, September 11, 2018,

  • Location: Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life

The mission of Narrative 4 is to build a community of empathic global citizens through the exchange of personal narratives. Participants are invited to choose a prompt (six examples of prompts are below) and share their personal stories with another individual. Then, each pair retells the story of their partner in front of the group in the first person as if it was their own. This Story Exchange is at the heart of Narrative 4. Global citizens must be able to embrace empathy and turn that empathy into action to improve our democracy and our world.

  1. Tell a story of when an experience changed you. 
  2. Tell a story about a time when you were acutely aware of being different from those around you. 
  3. Tell a story about a time when you made a choice that is still affecting you today. 
  4. Tell a story of a “first” you had. 
  5. Tell a story of a time you witnessed, received, or participated in an act of compassion.
  6. Think of an essential story from your life that really sums up who you believe you are. Assume this story will be placed in a time capsule and, 100 years from now, it will be found and read. What story would you want the reader 100 years from now to know? The story should reveal some essence of you (perhaps a current you, a former you, etc.).