151124ExFabula0171_5D3A5403Ex Fabula Fellows are community members who use personal stories to inspire community-led dialogue around some of the most pressing issues in the Greater Milwaukee area–segregation and economic and racial inequality.

Read Rochelle’s blog about her experience as a Fellow. 
Read the press release for the Fellowship. 


For the third year of the Fellowship, we’re planning to explore topics including:

  • race and place (for example, housing marches, housing access today, driving while black, feeling welcome/unwelcome in different neighborhoods, etc )
  • talking to kids about race
  • race and public health

The Fellow application process has closed, but if you’d like to be notified of future opportunities to get involved, you can do so here.

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Why focus on those issues?

  1. 160315ExFabula0082_5D3A9320Milwaukee is the country’s most segregated urban area; Wisconsin is the worst state at protecting African American children, the place that incarcerates the highest percentage of African American men, and more.
  2. In order to strengthen community bonds, we need to explore the things that divide us.
  3. Scientific research shows that storytelling has the unique ability to meaningfully connect people and create the conditions for empathy.

Upcoming Interactive Performances (2017-18)

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Read about previous interactive performances featuring the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Fellows.


Here are some of the great things that were written about the Fellowship!

Fellows’ Stories


Project Milwaukee Segregation Matters LogoFellow stories were featured in a segment on WUWM 89.7’s Project Milwaukee: Segregation Matters series in March 2017.

Wisconsin Life LogoThis story was produced in association with Wisconsin Life, a program of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. It aired around the state of Wisconsin in February 2017.

This story was published in Humanities Booyah, an online magazine dedicated to the public humanities.

These stories were published in partnership with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service



Blanche.  Audio Transcript

Brian.  Audio Transcript

Elaine.  Audio Transcript

Jennifer.  Audio Transcript

Kerri.  Audio Transcript

Nakia.  Audio Transcript

Rochelle.  Audio Transcript

Rossetta.  Audio Transcript



Take Action

  • Apply to become a 2017-18 Fellow.
  • Take Harvard University researchers’ online tests to explore subconscious bias. Click “I wish to proceed” and then select a test such as “Race” or “Skin tone”.
  • Peruse YWCA of SE Wisconsin’s list of “Racial Justice Resources”
  • Check out Rid Racism Milwaukee’s calendar of events
  • Explore the online museum curated by America’s Black Holocaust Museum
  • Get involved with SURJ Milwaukee (Standing Up for Racial Justice) via their facebook page
  • Use this form to submit stories (you grant us permission to share on our website, on social media, etc) and to indicate interest in future fellowships.

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2017-18 Fellowship

The 2017-2018 Fellowship is supported in part by a $25,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation‘s Douglas L.P. Hamilton Fund and Harold Grosskopf Fund; a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin*; and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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*Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

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Thanks as well to the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion, our partner for 6 of the interactive outreach performances. For those events, attendees will split into small groups, each with a Zeidler Center facilitator, and participate in Reflective Structured Dialogue.