Professor Tom Mould, 'The Art and Artiface of the Tales We Tell' - April 15
TUESDAY, APRIL 15
Tom Mould, “The Art and Artifice of the Tales We Tell”
LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 6:30 p.m.
Elon University Distinguished Scholar Award Lecture
It is an old trope to say that the stories we tell create the past rather than describe it. But what does that creative process look like? And how does the act of sharing stories about our lives transform the very experiences we purport to describe? Drawing upon his studies of the oral traditions of the Choctaw Indians, the personal revelation narratives of Latter-day Saints, and the welfare legends of Alamance County residents, Mould challenges many of the assumptions we make about the stories we tell and argues for the power of a type of story so universal and so pervasive that it has been all but ignored.