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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Alumnae Lounge, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford/Somerville Campus

Join Randy Olson—author of Houston, We Have a Narrative — for a series of events where he explores the role of storytelling in communicating research.

2–4PM: From Aristotle to South Park: The Central Role of Narrative in Research Communication

In this two — hour introduction to his theory of narrative, Olson slices and dices key elements of story to show how to use fact-­based narrative as an essential tool for successful grant writing and social impact.Randy Olson

5–7PM: Slicing Stories: Finding the Heart of Narrative

How can stories galvanize ideas and make them relevant to the public? In this session, Olson explores why storytelling skills are so effective at communicating research with Senior Investigative Reporter, WGBH Phillip Martin; novelist/screenwriter Christopher Keane; and microbiologist Colleen Cavanaugh.


The demo workshop is an introduction to how story circles work, conceptual tools used, format, and process.  Olson discusses Story Circles in depth in his book, Houston, We Have a Narrative. You can put Olson’s theory into practice in follow-up workshops that will run 8 — ­10 weeks. These workshops will focus on how to move research narratives out of the “nerd loop” by using story-­‐telling techniques to make powerful arguments that resonate with funders and the general public alike.

Please note: Attendance to the 24PM session is required for participation in the workshops.

Two demo workshops will be offered:

  • Boston Campus: Thursday, September 29, 10AM–12PM
  • Medford/Somerville Campus: Friday, September 30, 12PM–2PM

Kindly complete the online registration to reserve your space today!