All events are free and take place at UMMA unless otherwise noted.

Nov 13

Value the Voice: Beyond Borders

DAAS and CSP Moth Style Storyteller's Lounge

Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of educational entertainment known to mankind. From the West African tradition of the Griot to modern day Moth events, storytelling environments have served as a means to pass along history, shape culture, share helpful lessons, and establish a sense of belonging and community.

The U-M Comprehensive Studies Program and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies invite you to explore themes related to campus life, coming of age, and learning and growing, at this series of Moth-Style Storyteller Lounge events.  The theme for the November event will take its inspiration from UMMA's exhibition Beyond Borders: Global Africa and include notions of border and boundary crossing as the jumping off point to share personal experiences. Storytellers include students, faculty and staff, and Voices of Wisdom (alums or community members).

Light food and refreshments will be served in the Commons at 6:30 prior to the start of the program.

Value the Voice will take place on Tuesdays, September 18, November 13, January 22, and March 19 at 7 p.m. in the UMMA Auditorium.

For more information, please contact Keith Jason at or 734-764-9128

Value the Voice is organized by the Comprehensive Studies Program and Department of African American Studies, and co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Art. 

Lead support for Beyond Borders: Global Africa is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Michigan Office of Research, African Studies Center, and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.  Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan CEW+ Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and Susan Ullrich.