Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

Telling Stories of Place: Community-driven Narrative and Embodied Pedagogy

Ryan, Elise and Joseph, Hall and Simon, Philips (2023) Telling Stories of Place: Community-driven Narrative and Embodied Pedagogy. In: 2023 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum, 7 Mar 2023, William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh.

Download (9MB) | Preview
Official URL:


A humanities-based approach to community engagement offers a model that critically examines the role that narratives of space and place play in the development of student work and sustained place-based commitments to organizations and people. Often, these narratives of space and place precede the community engagement and involve histories, cultures, and personal experiences in varying measure. Through Secret Pittsburgh, a literature course offered through Pitt’s English department, and a recent community partnership with Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, this session will demonstrate how one cultural institution’s commitment to community can undergird student experiential and place-based learning. This yields not only compelling student work born of community relationships, via the students’ essays and photography on the Secret Pittsburgh website, but also activates a pedagogical third space in which community-driven agendas, embodied learning, and institutional goals can realign and make something new.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ryan, Eliseelr97@pitt.eduelr97
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Engagement and Community Affairs
Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of the Provost
Date: 7 March 2023
Event Title: 2023 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum
Event Dates: 7 Mar 2023
Event Type: Conference
Refereed: Yes
Official URL:
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2023 17:57
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2023 17:57


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item