Artists, Scholars, & Innovators Lecture Series

The Artists, Scholars, & Innovators Lecture Series, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, is presented by award-winning faculty with artistic, scholarly, or innovative achievements. Please see below for information about upcoming presentations.

Spring 2021

Storytelling and Storytelling

Presented by Mr. Dan Hollis, Professor in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and recipient of the 2019-2020 Dr. Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award

Thursday, March 18, 2021

4-5 pm | Virtual (live, remote*)

About the lecture: In journalism, we often use what is called an anecdotal lead to start our stories—a succinct, relevant entry point that illustrates the bigger message but on a more personal level. Starting that broader story with a little story about someone directly affected by the news draws the audience in and hopefully makes it want to continue reading, listening or watching. We use anecdotal leads because people relate to other people in a far different way than they do with facts.  That approach often works with teaching too.  Drawing students in and getting them to care might be the first steps to engaging them with the material.

But it’s not just the story. How the story is told is just as important. Confidence, poise, voice and even body language are important actors.

This presentation will offer some advice on both storytelling and storytelling in the classroom from one of Marshall’s award-winning faculty.

*To connect to the Zoom session:
Meeting ID: 991 2138 7021
Passcode: 245156

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