How might we reclaim our narratives? How might we acknowledge the possible gap between you and interlocutor(s) and deliberately suspend meaning? How might we invite others to come and fill that space as they wish? How might we learn to ‘speak nearby’ - freeing ourselves from speaking in place of or on top of interlocutor(s)? These themes will be discussed by invited guest speakers Darrée Hyun, Dare Turner, Christine Taylor and Șeun Bello Olámosù and moderated by by Sukyun Lee, Graduate Liberal Arts Faculty and ELL Specialist. We will wrestle with reclaiming our narratives through the power of storytelling. Panelist Biographies Darrée Hyun is a visual media producer and educator telling stories about identity. Through filmmaking, storytelling workshops, and teaching, Darrée helps people to reframe their narratives. She is currently based in South Korea developing her latest web-series. Dare Turner is the Assistant Curator of Indigenous Art of the Americas at the Baltimore Museum of Art, is a member of the Yurok Tribe of California, and has taught in MICA's Graphic Design Department since 2017. She is the curator of Stripes and Stars: Reclaiming Lakota Independence (2020) and her essay “Terrestrial Gateways to the Divine” was featured in the Ex Voto: Agents of Faith exhibition catalog, which was named one of the Best Art Books of 2018 by the New York Times. Christine Taylor works with people to help them find, craft, and tell their stories. She teaches them how to use personal experiences and gives them tools to turn them into empowering stories.She earned a BA with Honors in German Language and Literature and Comparative Literature from the UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA cum laude in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. Christine founded StoryCraft in 2017. She teaches storytelling and intercultural awareness for groups and individuals. Șeun Bello Olámosù is the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke University and has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. Seun identifies as bicultural, having been raised in Nigeria but living in the U.S for most of her life. Seun earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development with a focus on leadership in intercultural and international education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She obtained both her M.A. and B.A. from NC State University with a focus on cross-cultural communication and mass communication respectively.