Writing Workshop: This Is Who I Am – This Is What I Want You to Know About Me- ROEN

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Writing Workshop: This Is Who I Am – This Is What I Want You to Know About Me- ROEN

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It’s an understatement to say that many problems in the world exist because we don’t know enough about one another. First and foremost, it’s difficult to have empathy for someone and to act with compassion toward that person if we don’t know what it’s like to be that person. The late Anthony Bourdain hosted a wonderful television series, No Reservations, that introduced viewers to people around the world in such a way that made viewers realize that humans have much in common, no matter where they live and what their identities are. Bourdain was skilled at asking questions that got people to talk about who they are and what they want others to know about them. In this workshop, we will discuss questions that help let others know who we are and what we want them to know about us. Following the discussion, we will write for a while and share what we have written. Everyone is encouraged to share, but no one is required to do so.

Duane Roen has been tracing his roots since his teenage years, building a database with more than 32,000 ancestors. He and his wife, Maureen Roen, have also been recording their family history since 1978 by writing more than 19,000 daily journal entries on their children and other family members. Combining his professional and personal interests, Duane worked with colleagues to establish courses on writing and recording family history at Arizona State University. He also is founding coordinator of the Project for Writing and Recording Family History in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU.

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May 23
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST
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