What wisdom do stoops and porches hold? Where is urban knowledge stored and shared? Do different cities provide different kinds of stages for the performance of neighborhood narratives? Join us for a lively conversation about memory, gentrification and change in Oakland and other cities. Inspired by playwright Dael Orlandersmith’s Harlem-focused Stoop Stories, to be presented in September by Aurora Theatre Company, we’ll listen to local storytellers tell tales of Oakland. Come listen and share your own stories if you like.
Karen Chapple, Director, School of Cities, University of Toronto, Professor Emerita, UC Berkeley
June Grant, Architect, Principal of blink!LAB
Carolyn Johnson, CEO of East Oakland’s Black Cultural Zone Community Development Corp.
David Peters, Founder, Black Liberation Walking Tour
Moderated by Susan Moffat, Creative Director, Future Histories Lab, and Dawn Monique Williams, Associate Artistic Director, Aurora Theatre Company.
Future Histories Lab is an interdisciplinary program at UC Berkeley that seeks to reveal hidden histories in order to shape new narratives. We are presenting an in-person public speaker series on place-based storytelling on Mondays this fall, starting on August 30.