Chicago--The Art of Storytelling: Crafting the Narrative of Self, Others, and Change

Join us for this special event taking place over Alumni Weekend!


With a story, what might start as personal can bridge the gap to the universal, build empathy and community, and plant “mind seeds” that result in change. Noted artists/educators/change agents Amanda Delheimer, AB’99, AM’99, and Emily Hooper Lansana will share their insights and demonstrate how telling stories makes a difference.
About our speakers:

Alumna Amanda Delheimer, AB’99, AM’99, is Artistic Director of 2nd Story in Chicago where it is believed that well-crafted, well-told stories can be a catalyst for change for artist and audience alike. 2nd Story crafts story-sharing experiences in the form of performances, workshops, and classes. Amanda’s work circles around intersections of story, psychology, biases, and the body. She has facilitated trainings, workshops, and experiences for partners on a local and national level, ranging from law firms (e.g., Skadden Arps) to National Able Network to Leadership Greater Chicago, among others. She is also Ensemble Member, Director, and Chair of the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee at Lifeline Theatre, Chicago.

Emily Hooper Lansana, noted storyteller and educator, is Director of Community Arts for the Arts and Public Life Initiative at the University of Chicago and former Director of Education at Lincoln Center Theater. Her experience includes teaching, storytelling and performance at: Columbia College, Chicago State University, UChicago, The Guild Complex and in the public schools. In addition to her performance work, she currently serves as Arts-in-Education consultant for ETA Creative Arts Foundation and Muntu Dance Theater. She is a contributing storyteller at RaceBridges Studio.

Learn more about Alumni Weekend 2019 here!


Event Information

Registration info:

  • Early Bird Rates: March 14 - April 17
  • Regular Rates: April 18 - May 29
  • On-Site Rates: June 6 - 9

Register for Alumni Weekend 2019 here.


1:30PM - 2:30PM Sat 8 Jun 2019 ( Timezone: Central )


Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 203
5757 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

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