I Am From


Location: Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture, 1045 W. Washington St., South Bend

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  This workshop by Dr. Stuart Greene was so popular that a third session was requested.

It is often said that we are a nation of immigrants. Family gatherings are a time to share and recount memories of travels, hardships, hope, and persistence. These are some of the themes that author Isabel Wilkerson takes up in her book, The Warmth of Other Suns, which has inspired this writing workshop.  Participants will have an opportunity to write and share greene_web2their stories with one another. We will then compile these stories for the Center for History for a more public presentation with photographs and videos that give voice to the diversity of those who have come to live here in the United States.

Stuart Greene is associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, with a joint appointment in the department of Africana Studies and a concurrent appointment in the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.  His current research focuses on the intersections of race, poverty, and achievement in public schools. This work has led to the publication of his co-edited volume, Making Race Visible: Literacy Research for Racial Understanding (Teachers College Press, 2003), for which he won the National Council of Teachers of English Richard A. Meade Award in 2005.  He also edited Literacy as a Civil Right (Peter Lang, 2008) and co-edited with Cathy Compton-Lilly, Bedtime Stories and Book Reports: Connecting Parent Involvement and Family Literacy (Teachers College Press, 2011). His current work also focuses on youth empowerment and civic engagement.

Coffee and pastries will be served.


This workshop is part of the Great Migration Series, a subset of programs in the Africana World initiative. This series of events focuses on the migration of African Americans from the south to the north from 1915 – 1970. Please feel free to check out the other events that are a part of this series!