Connective Tissue

“…that was fascinating, having a process where I feel I really met those actors and that creative team and really shared something with them. But I’ve never met them in real life.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Connective Tissue The Coronavirus pandemic has clearly thrown up barriers to our ability to gather physically together, […]

The Other Side of Life

“Had it not been for this gentleman here, I would have much easier graduated from reform school than high school.” Produced by Rich Elliott with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our […]

Bigger Forces Swirling

“I realized that my little Wonder Bread existence in Miller was not quite what I thought it was.” Transcript for Bigger Forces Swirling I grew up in the Miller section of Gary in the late 1960s through the ‘70s, and it was a typical white, suburbia, middle-class upbringing, but it was changing. Everything was in […]

Praying Hands

“I remember watching this church being built.” – Mrs. Felicia Rhetta Childress, confirmed in St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in 1955. Produced by Perry Lerit. Transcript for Praying Hands I remember the people in St. Augustine’s [St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Gary, Indiana]. Flossie Alexander, and we called them Flossie and Fritz because the two of […]

Life has Yin and Yang

“Key things happen in your life that trigger you… put you on your path.” Produced by Dan Funderburg. Thanks to the Office of Multicultural Programs for organizing a story collection day during the Black Alumni Reunion. Transcript for Life has Yin and Yang I was fearful, anxious, and excited. The ride to Valparaiso, my dad […]

Interval to Cure Cancer

“I don’t have any days that I can waste.” This is part 3 of a 3-part series. Part 1: Patterns All Over the Country Part 2: An Equalizer Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the […]

An Equalizer

“Whether you’re white or black, once you hit the bandstand, then you’re on your own… If you can play, you can play. If you can’t, you can’t.” This is part 2 of a 3-part series. Part 1: Patterns All Over the Country Part 3: Interval to Cure Cancer Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading […]

Cool to Be Different

“By playing [Thai] music, people recognize me as Thai.” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions How does the speaker feel about his status as “international?” How has his time in America influenced the way he sees himself as a student and citizen? […]