A traditional griot is an interdisciplinary storyteller — at once poet, artist, historian, economist, sociologist, and musician. Bucknell's Griot Institute for Africana Studies takes as a metaphor for its central function the characteristics of the griot. The Bucknell Griot Storytelling Project allows the Institute to add to its many projects the role of functioning as a griot for Bucknell. The project gathers oral narratives designed by professors as pedagogical projects, as well as free-form narratives from members of the Bucknell community in an effort to define who we are at this moment in our collective history.
Please visit us regularly to see the ways Bucknell's Griot expands to fully represent the narratives that are the people who are Bucknell. Bucknell Presidential Fellow Heather Hennigan's primary Fellowship project has been implementing the Griot Storytelling Project. First-year Presidential Fellow, Grace Carita will continue building the Griot Storytelling project as her fellowship work.
Spring 2014 witnessed the third iteration of Bucknell's Extreme Creativity class: a five-week intensive course sponsored by the Presidential Arts Initiative that invites upperclassmen to engage in an immersive process of creative, interdisciplinary discovery. Focused on Rhythm and Narrative, the 2014 course was co-led by Profs. Dustyn Martincich (Theater and Dance) and Barry Long (Music) and also featured guest lectures and workshops with Bucknell arts faculty members. Sixteen students from a broad variety of majors participated and explored the creative process with a focus on self-discovery through artistic practice. Personal and collective reflections emphasized rhythmic intersections across disciplines and created narratives that explored identity and engaged epic archetypes and myths. In the oral narratives collected here, the students reflect on creativity.
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