Smith SSW PE to Host Academy Award Nominated Speaker

April 23, 2019

Join Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) alumni and friends for a compelling and insightful evening with Academy Award nominated filmmaker Murray Nossel, M.S.W., Ph.D., and co-founder of Narativ, on June 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium on the Smith College campus. Hosted by SSW Professional Education, the event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.  

Nossel will discuss his partnership with Open Society Foundations to bring forth the rich and important narratives of the Roma’s history and experience as a means to combat the pervasive, longstanding discrimination against them. Nossel will be joined by Nesime Salioska, a Roma rights advocate from Macedonia and recent winner of the EU Award for Roma Integration "Women grassroot activities — Unknown heroes." Nossel and Salioska will discuss their use of storytelling as a means to empower Roma communities in Europe, with a particular focus on health-care provision.

During the event, participants will be introduced to Narativ’s method and are encouraged to generate ideas for possible applications of the method in their own communities. Nossel first developed his storytelling method in 1994 through a social service program for people diagnosed with AIDS. In the two decades since, he has worked in partnership with the WHO and many U.S. foundations to bring his method to more than 50 countries for the purpose of healing and community empowerment. In addition to his work with Narativ, Nossel co-wrote a play with Narativ Co-Founder Paul Browde, “Two Men Talking,” a performance of the listening and storytelling method, with running performances in NYC and London. Nossel’s film, “Why Can’t We Be a Family Again?” was nominated for a 2002 Academy Award®. Nossel is currently producing and directing “Sala” a documentary film about a Nazi Holocaust survivor who resolutely chose not to tell her story until age promoted her to speak. He is the founder and director of the World Mother Storytelling Project.

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Accessibility Accomodations

Weinstein Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. For other disability accommodations or sign language interpreters, please contact the Office of the Dean at 413-585-7950 or email, at least two weeks in advance of the lecture.