LIST(e)N and The Day of Listening

Intercultural PedagogyLIST(e)N invites people with opposing viewpoints on some of the most divisive issues – guns, abortion, and immigration — to listen to each other. The documentary features participants whose personal lives deeply intertwine with the topics, including one of the survivors of the Parkland, FL school shooting. As the exchanges unfold, and the participants take the time to get to know each other, moments of unexpected emotional connection and understanding arise.

Documentary director Juliana Tafur has now announced a program at universities, The Day of Listening, consisting of:

  • A screening of the award-winning 80-minute film LIST(e)N, showcasing how listening can have a positive impact on people with opposing viewpoints.
  • A post screening session that highlights the tools needed for deep listening, which are essential for exercising meaningful connections with ourselves and others.
  • An experience-based component, with mediated encounters between students, where they get to discuss important yet non-controversial topics (to be selected with the university, based on their priorities), and have the students put into practice their newly-acquired deep listening skills. *The idea here is to achieve connection between the students, just like we did during the encounters we mediated for the film.

So far, LIST(e)N has been screened at Northwestern University, Florida International University and The Ohio State University; University of Miami is coming up soon.

Learning from Intercultural Storytelling

Applied ICDLISTEN (Learning from Intercultural Storytelling) is a two year project (2016-18), co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

LISTEN uses “applied storytelling” as an educational approach for the work with refugees – be it to support language learning, to exchange about cultural differences, to create visions etc. In order to give refugees a voice in the receiving societies and to support their integration, LISTEN explores different approaches to storytelling and how radio and other forms of audio broadcasting (e.g. podcasting) can be used as medium to share those stories. LISTEN provides extensive resources on storytelling in multiple languages, in addition to presenting the stories themselves.

Listen: Learning from Intercultural Storytelling (Germany)

Applied ICDListen: Learning from Intercultural Storytelling (Germany).

The aim of LISTEN is to use “applied storytelling”, meaning storytelling without “professional” storytellers, in its many forms and functions as educational approach for the work with refugees – be it to support language learning, to exchange about cultural differences, to create visions etc.

In order to give refugees a voice in the receiving societies and to support their integration, LISTEN will explore different approaches to storytelling and how radio and other forms of audio broadcasting (e.g. podcasting) can be used as medium to share those stories.