Students will share their experiences in diversity in Eastern Kentucky University’s first StorySLAM, to be held Tuesday, April 25, at 8 p.m. at Purdy’s Coffee Co., 212 W. Main St. in downtown Richmond.
StorySLAM is a storytelling event, similar to a poetry slam. The stories are told without scripts in front of a live audience. The free program is open to the public.
The event is a part of #DiversityFirst First Amendment Week, an annual celebration of citizens’ constitutional rights that also serves to raise awareness about those rights.
“StorySLAM lets students tell their own experiences,” said Ginny Whitehouse, a professor in the Department of Communication. “It’s a way to share their stories and celebrate free expression.”
Students for this year’s StorySLAM are drawn from Professor Jennifer Fairchild’s advanced public speaking class in the department. Storytellers include: Lauran Berger, Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Chance Edwards, Bushnell, Florida.; Hannah Howell, Owingsville, Kentucky; Raley Martin, Lebanon, Kentucky; Kerek Plummer, Lexington, Kentucky; Jose Rebolledo, Frankfort, Kentucky; and Katie Grant, Karoline Hix, Morgan Romans and Cody Stork, all of Richmond, Kentucky.
The event will be livestreamed at the Department of Communication’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EKU-Department-of-Communication-136764327848.