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)

 “Interrogating Whiteness: Community Dialogue & Storytelling”

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


Past Interactive Performances (2017-18)

 “Race and Place: Community Dialogue & Storytelling”

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


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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

  • 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.