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Monday, 01 July 2019 23:03

From Staff Reports

UNC Asheville’s new students will be reading “Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work,” by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, as part of the university’s Summer Reading Program. 

The book shares personal stories recorded as part of the StoryCorps project.

Isay will give give a free public talk at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. In preparation for that visit, first-year students will discuss the book in small groups led by faculty and staff as part of orientation before the start of the fall semester.

Isay, a radio producer, began what grew into StoryCorps in 2003 with a story recording booth in New York City. StoryCorps, with a mission “to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world,” now has story booths in different cities, and mobile story booths that travel the country. 

In the StoryCorps process, two people who know each other engage in an interview, guided by a facilitator.

A weekly edited StoryCorps segment is broadcast every Friday morning as part of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Many more StoryCorps interviews are recorded than are used on the radio – the complete interviews are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.




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