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Thursday, August 20 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Plenary 1: Telling the Stories of Archives and Archivists

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SAA President Kathleen Roe invites you to learn about storytelling – why it connects people and how it can help archivists explain the importance of what they do.

Tom Owen is vice president of PGAV Destinations, a company that works with museums and cultural heritage organizations to design exhibits and experiences that create enduring memories in the minds of their patrons. PGAV’s work is informed by the power of storytelling – and they have the neuroscience to prove it! Tom notes: “Stories about our own experience can actually shape someone else’s mind, planting ideas, thoughts, and emotions. Stories might, in fact, be the only way to turn our experience into someone else’s.”

Daniel Horowitz Garcia is the Atlanta regional manager for StoryCorps, a national project to instruct and inspire people to record each other’s stories in sound. He has worked for 20 years in nonprofits in the South organizing around labor, environmental, criminal justice, and anti-poverty issues. In addition, Daniel (who holds a master’s degree in history from Georgia State) has worked as a popular educator using history and historical research in educational projects with trade unions and anti-poverty organizations around the country.

The session also features installation of SAA’s three new Fellows and presentation of the Distinguished Service and Jameson Archival Advocacy awards.

Thursday August 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Grand Ballroom AB Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

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