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Storytelling: Life in the Narrative
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118: TR 9:30-10:45AM
Fall 2017
The Arts

This first year seminar course examines the historical and contemporary use of narrative, oral history and storytelling in American life.  The course explores the use of storytelling to teach, celebrate, and commemorate human experience through oral expression.  Students will be familiarized with storytelling methodologies and techniques required to craft and perform short and long form personal memoirs.


Ray Christian is the father of six and a decorated combat veteran and retired Army paratrooper.  Ray has degrees in Public History and Education, and holds a doctorate in Education: Leadership from Liberty University.  His research interests include African-American history, the achievement gap, and Risk and Resilience theory.  When he is not teaching, his hobbies include fishing, hiking, scuba diving, raising chickens, and tending a garden.  His major passion and pastime is storytelling.  His is a national storyteller whose stories have been heard on NPR and the live stage in New York City and across North Carolina, with The Moth, RISK and The Monti storytelling shows.  He has a passion for students and utilizes the power of storytelling and personal narrative to teach complicated social concepts.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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