In the past few weeks, Human Services seniors in their capstone course have presented their portfolios, electronic records of their accomplishments in career, academia, family, and community. Each has inevitably gone beyond a mere tally of events experienced, papers written, or positions held to explore the meaning behind the story that this compilation of facts represents.
National Geographic presents a story that expands upon the value of finding meaning through storytelling. From their blog, “Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing on foot our ancestors’ migration out of Africa and across the globe. His 21,000-mile odyssey began in Ethiopia and will end seven years later at the tip of South America.” And: “Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden world walk is an exercise in slow journalism. Moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, Paul is engaging with the major stories of our time—from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival—by walking alongside the people who inhabit them every day. As he traverses the globe from Africa to South America, he is revealing the texture of the lives of people he encounters: the nomads, villagers, traders, farmers, and fishermen who never make the news…. When his seven-year journey ends, Paul will have created a global mosaic of stories, faces, sounds, and landscapes highlighting the pathways that connect us to each other—a unique archive of our shared humanity at the start of a new millennium.”
If you are interested, you can follow his reports by subscribing to the blog at the link above. The story fascinates me because it reveals the promise within the power in storytelling, which is both individual and shared. See the “class work” tab at the top of the blog for stories from our students. These are equally inspiring stories of triumph and achievement and we are honored to celebrate their many accomplishments.
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