Fellows

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 exploring topics including housing, segregation, talking to kids about race, and race and public health.


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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)

Our 2017 – 18 Fellows Season has ended. Stay tuned for upcoming events.

Past Interactive Performances (2017-18)

 “Race and Place: Community Dialogue & Storytelling”
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Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Workshop Architects

Come discuss Milwaukee’s history of housing & segregation, and our role in creating a more equitable community! Program will include true, personal stories from Ex Fabula Fellows followed by listening circles facilitated by the Zeidler Center.

Presented by Ex Fabula and the Zeidler Center. RSVP Here

 “Interrogating Whiteness: Community Dialogue & Storytelling”
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion

Join fellow community members in discussing racial identity and whiteness. What does it mean to be white? How can we “interrogate” whiteness?

The evening will begin with an introduction by Martha Barry, an instructor for the YWCA’s “Unlearning Racism” course.​

Presented by Ex Fabula and the Zeidler Center. RSVP Here

       Fellows & Facilitators: Talk to children about race

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 5pm (check in/registration), 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Christ Church, Whitefish Bay

Join fellow community members in learning practical tools to speak to children about race, racism and segregation.

The evening will include true personal stories from Ex Fabula fellows, community members who have worked with storytelling coaches to craft stories about race, privilege and oppression.

You’ll also have the opportunity to shar eyour own observations and practice new skills in small group listening circles directed by Zeidler facilitators.

Presented by Ex Fabula and Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. Dinner and childcare is provided. This is a free event but registration is required. RSVP here

      Housing as a Public Health Issue

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 5pm (check in/registration), 5:30pm – 7:30pm
UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health, 1240 North 10th Street

As Milwaukee commemorates the 50th anniversary of Open Housing Marches, Ex Fabula and the UWM Zilber School of Public Health will present a special On Public Health presentation.

Come listen to stories about housing and public health; share your experiences and ideas for action in small group conversations.

Free but advance registration requested; RSVP here

 

Fellows Event:  Embracing Cultural Diversity

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11a – 1pm

Waukesha County Technical College (Richard T. Anderson Center), 800 Main Street Pewaukee, WI

Come listen to stories from our Fellows cohort on embracing cultural diversity. Stay to participate in conversation circles

Free but advance registration requested; RSVP here

 

“Tell your Race and Equity Stories” Workshop with Fellows

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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Pearls for Teen Girls, 1805 N Doctor M.L.K. Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Interested in learning how to craft a story on race and equity? Come listen to stories from our Fellows cohort. Stay to find and develop your own story.

Free but advance registration requested; RSVP here

Fellows & Facilitators: Welcoming Community – Continuing to create a Thriving Tosa for all

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6pm (check in/registration), 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7725 West North Avenue Wauwatosa WI

Join fellow community members in discussing how to continue creating a thriving Tosa.

This evening will include true personal stories from Ex Fabula fellows, community members who have worked with storytelling coaches to craft stories about theit experiences working and living in Wauwatosa.

You will also have the opportunity to share your own observations in small group listening circles directed by Zeidler Center facilitators.

Presented by Ex Fabula and Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.

Free but advance registration requested; RSVP here

    Building Bridges in our Divided Community

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 12:30pm (check in/registration), 1:00pm – 2:30pm
All Saints Catholic Church, 4051 N 25th St, Milwaukee, WI 53209

Milwaukee’s history of racial justice and segregation impacts all of our institutions.  How can each of us address inequity and heal our city? This program will explore those questions via personal stories from Ex Fabula Fellows. Then – a chance to reflect and share your own experiences.

Free but advance registration requested; RSVP here

 

Fellows & Facilitators: Media and Representation

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6pm – 8:30pm

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88NINE Radio MKE, 220 E Pittsburgh Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Join Ex Fabula and Zeidler Center for stories and dialogue circles on media and representation.

Free but advance registration requested; RSVP Here

 

Fellows & Facilitators: MKE Monumental

Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6pm – 8pm

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Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 West Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53206

Join Ex Fabula and Zeidler Center for stories and dialogue circles on how we interact with our own history.

Free but advance registration requested; RSVP Here

 

Fellows: Nonprofits – Race & Inclusion

Friday, June 1, 2018, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Bradley Tech High School, 700 South 4th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Join Ex Fabula and Public Allies as we explore how race and representation are at play in nonprofit sector. Attendees will hear personal stories from Ex Fabula Fellows, share their own experiences in groups, and identify action steps

Free but advance registration requested; RSVP Here

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

News

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

Fellows’ Stories

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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

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Blanche.  Audio Transcript

Brian.  Audio Transcript

Elaine.  Audio Transcript

Jennifer.  Audio Transcript

Kerri.  Audio Transcript

Nakia.  Audio Transcript

Rochelle.  Audio Transcript

Rossetta.  Audio Transcript

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Take Action

  • 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; and grants from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin*; and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.Greater Milwaukee Foundation; Northwestern Mutual; Wisconsin Humanities Council; and Wisconsin Arts Board Logos

*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.