CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 30, 2002
EDITORS: If you are interested in previewing this event, the final rehearsal
takes place during the class on Tuesday, April 30, from 1 to 4:20 p.m. in
room B1 North Hall. To make alternate arrangements contact Polumbaum or Thunder-McGuire
as indicated below.
UI students to hold Storytelling Extravaganza May 5
Anyone feeling frazzled by today's modern pressures and the approaching
end of the semester might want to take some time to be transported back to
a simpler time when folks entertained each other by telling stories around
the hearth or gathering around the big box radio to hear tales spun for a
national audience. This chance to step off the superhighway is brought to
Iowa City on Sunday, May 5, when University of Iowa students will present
A Storytelling Extravaganza, a unique storytelling festival in the form of
an old-time radio show. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. in Buchanan Auditorium
in the Pappajohn Business Building.
These students have spent the semester studying the art of storytelling
in "What is Storytelling For?" a course offered through the Literature,
Science, and the Arts Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The course is taught by Steve Thunder-McGuire, associate professor of curriculum
and instruction in the College of Education, and Judy Polumbaum, associate
professor of journalism and mass communication in the College of Liberal Arts
"The goal of the course is to illuminate storytelling's importance
in our lives and in human societies, and to help students develop their own
philosophy of the role of storytelling in their own and others' acts of interpretation,"
said Thunder-McGuire. "Our capacity to create pictures of how lives should
be led and how our own lives intertwine with others' comes down to telling
The students will present 12-minute stories highlighting the range of the
human condition, evoking laughter, tears, and laughter through tears.
"Those who attend are sure to join in the general hilarity and angst,
to laugh, to cry, to laugh some more -- so hard you cry -- to gain particular
insight into the breed known as the college student, in all his or her astonishing
follies and amazing wisdom, and into other breeds as well, from parents to
siblings, from bosses to pets," said Polumbaum.
Polumbaum also notes an added incentive to attendfree food, albeit
"of an unpredictable sort, since the students are self-catering."
For more information contact the professors at firstname.lastname@example.org