Join us for our first ever Groundswell Book Club!

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The first session on Thursday, November 1st, 2018 from 1 pm to 2:15 pm EST will discuss Sujatha Fernandes' book Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of StorytellingThe book raises critical questions about how social movements use first-person stories. How do movements use stories to produce change? What kinds of stories, and what kinds of storytelling practices, lead to stories that illuminate structural inequality, and lead to structural change? How do funders, movement leaders and storytelling professionals shape the stories we tell? This is an essential book for social justice oral historians.

Facilitator Amy Starecheski is a cultural anthropologist and oral historian whose research focuses on the use of oral history in social movements and the politics of history and property in cities. She is the Director of the Oral History MA Program at Columbia University. Starecheski was a member of the Core Working Group for Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change from 2011-2018, where she facilitated the Practitioner Support Network. In 2015 she won the Oral History Association’s article award for “Squatting History: The Power of Oral History as a History-Making Practice”. She received a PhD in cultural anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she was a Public Humanities Fellow. Her book, Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City, was published in 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. She is the founder of the Mott Haven Oral History Project, which collaboratively documents, activates, and amplifies the stories of her longtime neighborhood, as told by the people who live there.

Please read the book. Participation is FREE. To register for the online book club discussion, click HERE.

Questions? Please contact Shefa Nola Benoit at