Special Events

Spring 2019: When Science and Humanities & the Arts Collide: Bridging Divides with Narrative

This April, we are excited to bring The Story Collider to San Jose with three interconnected events that unleash the power of personal narrative:

  • Full-day hands-on workshop on narrative and storytelling (Friday, April 5)
  • Half-day "train-the-trainers" workshop on the use of narrative (Saturday, April 6)
  • Live storytelling show at the Hammer Theatre, featuring five members of the SJSU community telling true stories about moments when science has collided with humanities and the arts in their lives (Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 pm)

Sponsored by a San Jose State University Artistic Excellence Programming Grant, and by the SJSU Department of Philosophy, the College of Science, the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, and the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, this project aims to bridge disciplinary divides, to enable future collaborations, and to cultivate empathy among participants.

Hands-on narrative workshop:

In this one-day intensive storytelling workshop, experienced Story Collider producers will draw on experience from producing live shows around the world and insight from psychology and social science research about the effect of narrative to help participants craft true, personal stories about science, humanities, and the arts. This event is not about communications strategies or messaging broadly, but specifically focuses on developing your personal storytelling ability.

Over the course of the day, we'll explore themes of leadership and intellectual humility, as well as the science of science communication. The workshop focuses on discussion, hands-on practice, and in-depth personal coaching to bolster your ability to employ narrative in your own work as a student, teacher, researcher, or public intellectual. Working under the guidance of the experienced Story Collider producers, we will brainstorm, develop, and refine our own personal stories.

Train-the-trainers narrative workshop:

In this half-day workshop, experienced Story Collider producers will draw on their experience producing live shows and leadings workshops, and on the research literature about the effect of narrative, to help participants who train others to communicate clearly add narrative to the toolbox of communication strategies they cultivate with their students or mentees.

Over the course of the workshop, we'll explore activities to build the narrative muscle, give participants insight into how, why, and where these activites work, and talk about strategies for helping those you are training to be attentive to audience. We'll also discuss how to tell when and where narrative is the right communication tool for the job.

This workshop will be valuable to those who teach 100W classes, to research supervisors who want to help their trainees explain their research to broader audiences (including potential employers), or to anyone who mentors or trains others to communicate effectively. Registration for this workshop will be capped at 25 participants.

Tell your story on stage at the Hammer:

Stories are powerful. Whether hilarious or heartbreaking, subversive or soothing, they reflect who we are and what matters to us.  And now, we want to hear yours!

On Saturday, April 6, The Story Collider will host a very special edition of their live show at the Hammer Theatre. We are searching for five storytellers to tell true, personal stories of the collision of science with humanities and the arts — disasters, triumphs, and everything in between.  We take a broad view of science. Science touches everyone's lives, therefore everyone has stories to tell about it.  This is NOT an event only for researchers and scientists. We enthusiastically welcome anyone working in humanities and the arts.

You only need to have the seed of an idea. Our experienced producers will help you develop and prepare to tell your story. All you need to do is send a brief email describing the main event(s) of your story idea to us.  This pitch should not be more than a paragraph or two.  Send your pitch to stories@storycollider.org with "SJSU" in the subject line by February 20, 2019.

If you are curious or would like some inspiration, read more at https://www.storycollider.org/submissions.

More about The Story Collider:
The Story Collider believes that now, more than ever, science is a part of everyone’s lives. We believe that everyone has a story about how science has impacted them -- whether they’re physicists or comedians, neuroscientists or writers, geologists or cops, doctors or bartenders -- and that those stories, whether heartbreaking or hilarious, have the power to transform the way we think about science and whom it belongs to.
Browse The Story Collider podcast archive at http://soundcloud.com/the-story-collider.