Story Lab

2015 to 2017

We live in an age when stories—whether in the form of myths, novels, film and television series, virtual reality games, news narratives and commercial branding, among many others—are more vital than ever. Proceeding from a conviction that there is an urgent need to talk about, reflect on, and critically engage with the phenomenon of storytelling, Story Lab will offer a dynamic space for exploring what it means to make story, embody story, analyze story, talk story, and live story.  The Lab will offer an opportunity to study and foster a space for storytelling, connecting research with expression.

Story Lab will offer a richly interwoven program of research, creative expression, course work, and civic engagement involving faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.  The Lab will also reach beyond literary and cultural productions to consider how stories are marshaled for use in the sciences, in public policy, in business, law, and politics. In its first year, Story Lab will commence with the following three research clusters -- Environmental Narratives, Fandom and Production, and Storytelling and Migration. In addition, it will host a weekly writing workshop on its premises for those who wish to come together to write (and share) stories.

Projects

2015-2016
2016-2017

Highlights

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The Franklin Humanities Institute will have some newcomers to it space, and this isn't a fairytale. The Story Lab will begin its tenure as a... Read More
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Humanities Writ Large Steering Committee has selected three Visiting Faculty Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. They are: Barry Lam,... Read More
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Story Lab offers a richly interwoven program of research, creative expression, course work, and civic engagement involving faculty, graduate students... Read More
Thursday, April 20, 2017
HWL Visiting Faculty Fellow Caroline Stark is a professor of classics at Howard University whose work focuses on ancient cosmology and the reception... Read More
Friday, April 21, 2017
On April 27th, 2017, Story Lab will host a one-day workshop on storytelling. Bringing together educators, activists, journalists, scholars, artists,... Read More

Events

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Barry Lam, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College and Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow, will speak as part of the Scholars... Read More
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
What is possible when we acknowledge how much stories matter; that we are all storytellers and storybearers across many facets of our lives? Jehanne... Read More
Friday, October 21, 2016 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
A workshop co-sponsored by StoryLab and DukeCreate on the basics of design and sewing for costumes.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Faculty and students are invited to join a new Story Lab working group on Extinction Narratives, focusing on the ways in which concerns with loss of... Read More
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dr. Colbey Reid, Director of NC State University’s Consumer Innovation Collaborative in the Poole College of Management, will survey new and... Read More
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
How do we enter stories? By what techniques do narratives pull us in? How do the expectations we have influence how we respond? Science fiction and... Read More
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Faculty and students are invited to join Story Lab's working group on Extinction Narratives, focusing on the ways in which concerns with loss of... Read More
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Lester Levine spent nearly 7 months being the only person to ever review all 5,201 entries to the 2003 World Trade Center Memorial Design Competition... Read More
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
What do religion, television shows, and sporting events all have in common? They are all very interesting to people. Why do we find them so? You'd... Read More
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Sienna R. Craig, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Dartmouth College, will speak about her current book project, The Ends of Kinship:... Read More
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Stories are everywhere: around, between, and in us. If the impulse for narrative and story is, as Roland Barthes suggested, “international, trans-... Read More
Thursday, April 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Story Lab's inaugural Certification Workshop will be an opportunity for practitioners from a wide array of professions, fields and disciplines to... Read More
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
The mission of the National Park Service (NPS) is to steward over 400 places established specifically for their preservation and enjoyment by present... Read More