Stories that Speak to Us with Piper Anderson and Sylvia Ryerson

Thursday, September 28, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (ET)
Palamountain Hall Davis Auditorium
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Join Piper Anderson, founder of the Mass Story Lab, and documentarian Sylvia Ryerson as they discuss the power of storytelling as an instrument of justice.

Piper Anderson Piper Anderson is a writer, educator, and cultural worker who has spent more than 16 years leveraging the tools of art-making and community engagement to create social impact.  Realizing the destructive impact of prisons and policing on her community, Anderson became Blackout Arts Collective’s Lyrics on Lockdown National Tour Coordinator and directed the cultural campaign that reached more than 25 U.S communities creatively catalyzing a dialogue about the impact of the prison system on communities of color. In spring 2016, Anderson was awarded a TED Residency to develop an innovative art-and-design project called Mass Story Lab.   Anderson attended The New School where she was a Riggio Writing Democracy Fellow and received her masters in Applied Theatre from CUNY’s School of Professional Studies.

Sylvia Ryerson Sylvia Ryerson is a radio producer, sound artist and musician.  For nearly a decade her work has probed the overlapping crises of mass incarceration, rural poverty, and environmental destruction. Her work has been featured on Here and Now, The Takeaway, The Marshall Project, Transom.org, The Third Coast Festival and the BBC.  After graduating from Wesleyan University, Sylvia moved to Eastern Kentucky to work at Appalshop, the renowned documentary arts center and home of WMMT-FM community radio. Sylvia served as a reporter and Director of Public Affairs at WMMT, and led the production of Calls from Home, a nationally recognized radio program sending messages from family members to their loved ones incarcerated in rural Appalachia. In 2015, Sylvia began Restorative Radio, a collaboratively produced radio series that broadcasts audio postcards from family members to their loved ones in prison. The project aims to transcend prison walls and change public perceptions of who is behind them. Find out more about the Restorative Radio project here and here.

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