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Conference Examines Power of Storytelling

University of Wisconsin-Madison University Communications (Madison, WI) , November 4, 2004


Scholars are realizing that stories, lovingly passed between the generations, record the history of immigration, assimilation and heritage. From Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 11-13, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, scholars will explore the power of narrative in preserving the past, reflecting the present and anticipating the future.

Wisconsin always has been a cultural crossroads, home to a number of Native peoples as well as East Coast Yankees, Scandinavians, German-speakers, Southern and Eastern Europeans, Asians, Mexicans, Central and South Americans, Africans, Bosnians, Croatians, Albanians and more.

“We hope to come to understand how personal life stories interact with traditional stories,” says Ruth Olson of the UW-Madison Max Kade Institute and the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, sponsors of the conference.

Subjects Covered: diversity training, education

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