Behind every scholarly journal article are dozens of stories of the frightening, funny, frustrating, and fantastic adventures researchers have while conducting research. And whether researchers or not, we all are touched by science—and there are stories there, too. If you’ve got a science story you’d like to share, register here for the March 24 Science Storytelling Hour.
The Center for Communicating Science is collaborating with the Moss Arts Center to co-present the Science Storytelling Hour. Scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Merryman Family Learning Studio at the Moss, the storytelling session is open to researchers and others at all levels of experience in both storytelling and science. Please join us at this free public event—we can’t guarantee that the Moss will let us build a campfire in the building, but we’ll do what we can to provide a cozy storytelling atmosphere!
Other spring dates to save include talks and workshops that are part of a School of Performing Arts colloquium series, “Art, Community, Ecology, and Health.” This series of talks on the power and practice of art and culture as essential elements of healthy communities is meant to open dialogue on the practical values of art in building strong communities. We’re especially excited to welcome Virginia Tech graduate Lanxing Fu, now climate justice worker and co-director of Superhero Clubhouse.
Fu will be at the Blacksburg Public Library from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 19 to share her work using the tools of theater to engage school children and other communities in issues of climate justice. Fu is a lead teaching artist with Big Green Theater, an after-school eco-playwriting program for public elementary school children in Bushwick. She is also a performer, playwright, director, writer, and workshop facilitator.
In Fu’s 90-minute interactive session, participants will learn how Superhero Clubhouse creates structures for cross-disciplinary collaboration, incorporates climate justice into organizational frameworks, and leads projects like Big Green Theater. Participants will practice some of the core tools of eco-theater, including Impossible Questions, Imposed Limitations, and Tangible Hope.
More information about the March 19 Lani Fu event is available here.
Other elements of the colloquium series include a February 20 talk by Todd London, director of the MFA Playwriting Program at the New School and director of Theatre Relations for the Dramatists Guild of America; and an April 9 presentation by Brandi and Carlton Turner, the leadership team for the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production in Utica, Mississippi, and pioneers in taking a place-based approach to using digital media, agriculture, and cultural products to promote the legacy and vision of their community.