From the Desk of the Provost: December 2015
Dear IU families,
In early November, 10 IU students took the stage in the beautiful Wells-Metz Theatre. One by one, each shared a well-crafted, honest and personal story, in five concise minutes, as part of an exciting and wide-ranging “story slam” that brought together people from all across the Bloomington community.
The story topics were heartbreaking – one student had to decide whether to return to school just weeks after her mother’s death; thought-provoking – a junior high class election was complicated by bullying; and funny – a Dr. Who marathon led to a late-night breakup with vegetarianism.
The 10 storytellers were randomly selected that evening from a group of 50 students who had taken part in two days of free workshops held in our Grunwald Gallery of Art and led by storytelling professionals from “The Moth Radio Hour,” a nationally broadcast program from the Public Radio Exchange. Moth staff members worked with the student participants individually and in small groups, helping the students to focus their delivery and shape their real-life experiences into interesting, concise, well-timed stories.