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'The Shape of Stories' How do we make sense of things


Click here for Evite info for The Shape of Stories, Tuesdays in July

These programs are part of a series of Coping Cafe, which provides artistic tools to help people manage life changes and sparks meaningful dialogue about truth, fiction, and transformation.  It is "essential" that we consume uplifting content now. Behind the racism and trauma are inadequate stories. Time to take a look...


On July 7th at 4:00pm EDT- We will explore narratives, their impact, and how stories influence societal opinions. How do our personal stories connect to larger stories? How do we know what is true and "safe"? How can we use narratives to shape a better world? Special Guest Dr. Betty Sue Flowers advises think tanks on scenarios. Previously she was Director of the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library and English Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She edited Bill Moyer's Healing and the Mind and Power of Myth. Dr. Flowers has mentored Coping Cafe founder, Aviva Perlo. Mentoring will be discussed. Part of coping is being able to find smart, honest, creative people who can help us to better understand our role in the world.

On July 21st at 1:00pm EDT - Cheryl Thompson-Morton, Program Manager at the Lenfest Institute for Journalism in Philadelphia, promotes equity, ethics, and accessibility in mainstream media. Her work supports individual journalists of color, ensures the investment in media enterprises founded by people of color, and strives for inclusion in media ecosystems. As part of the Lenfest Institute, the Philadelphia Inquirer is now the largest newspaper in America operated as a public-benefit corporation. When we consider stories, we have to consider who is writing the stories. Which voices get air time and which do not? How do we stay informed and not get overwhelmed? How do we ensure validity in the media today?  What does it mean to have high impact, innovative journalism?

On July 28th at 7:30pm EDT- Andre Davis is passionate about using stories to empower people to advance personal and professional development. He launched Humble Genius Media to use stories to grows communities and help organizations build digital platforms representing social impact. Andre works for the New York City Transportation Department and studied clinical psychology at Lincoln University. Recently, Andre spoke publicly on the Showtime stage at the Apollo and at Harvard University.

Organic conversation topics: Why do you like stories? How is storytelling an effective tool? In what ways is humanity telling inadequate stories? How do you cope with challenges? What advice do you have for the next generation?

 Zoom interviews are one hour in length and include interactive Q&A. Coping Cafe is produced by Aviva Perlo.

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