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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
6:00–7:30 p.m.


Center for Recreation and Sports
Campbell Lounge

What it Means to Tell Someone Else’s Story

How does one represent another culture and avoid cultural appropriation and the exploitation of those represented?  How does a writer project a nuanced story that avoids homogenizing a culture and avoids stereotypes?  What are the challenges for artists, fiction writers, those writing creative or journalistic fiction, and scholars?  What are the pitfalls and cautions?  

On the other hand, what might be gained by giving voice to a population that is underrepresented?  How does one do this well?  Does a writer have a responsibility to represent subjects in a certain way?  What sort of caveats might an audience, viewer, or reader be given about a work that tells someone else’s story?


Debra Little, Sociology


Hanna Kim, Anthropology
Maggie Lally, Theatre
Luda Bryzzheva, Education
Subadra Panchanadeswaran, Social Work

Sponsored by the Collaboration Project. This event is connected to this year’s AU Reads: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

For more information, please contact:

Maggie Gray
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