Narrative as Resistance

April 25, 2019 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

“What an act of faith and hope!”—Narrative as Resistance

This 90-minute seminar will use From Gods to Social Justice as a springboard to the question of how narrative art—the art of stories and storytelling—can be used as a mode of resistance. What strength does a story give its teller in the fight for social justice? Is the strength of a story different from the strength of an image? In the fight for human rights, does one win the right to tell a story…or is the story the battleground itself? Featuring short works by Indian authors Arundhati Roy and Amit Chaudhery, this community seminar will explore the use of narrative art in the pursuit of social and environmental justice.

The workshop is free and open to the public.
Readings will be provided in advance.

Registration required by 4/22/19 at


Community seminar facilitators:

Jason Zencka has worked as a newspaper reporter, a criminal defense investigator, and a high school English teacher. His story “Catacombs” opens the 2018 Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Voir Dire, an opera with a libretto by Zencka, premiered in April 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Florencia Lauria is an English PhD student at Syracuse University, where she studies magical realism and its use in diasporic narratives. She has lived in Buenos Aires, Minnesota, and New York, and she holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota.