June Scholars Gild Discussion – “Why do we tell stories?”

Tuesday evening, June 18 at 7:30 (Lower Gild Hall)

If storytelling is as natural to humans as breathing, why can’t we avoid telling the same story over and over again?

Our June discussion will be based on a recent BBC World Service broadcast of The Forum, hosted by Bridget Kendall. In this programme, Ms. Kendall is joined by award-winning drama producer John Yorke, who explains why a nine-year-old could storyline a Hollywood film; neuroscientist Emile Bruneau, whose cutting edge research on how narratives can trigger empathy and Afghan writer Qais Akbar Omar, who says that when you have nothing else left, stories can sustain you.. We will discuss the concepts proposed in the program and how they relate to us personally and to society.

We will be in lower Gild Hall on Tuesday, May 21 at 7:30 PM, for this discussion. Come join for a truly scholarly story.

A link to the BBC World Service programme can be found at the BBC World Service website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p018lgpg). The program runs about 45 minutes.  We will listen to the first 15 minutes or so at our discussion.

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