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VOW on PBS Book View Now at 2017 AWP Conference

February 16th, 2017|Categories: Activism, Arts, News|

In an interview with PBS Book View Now, VOW's executive director and co-founder Mimi Lok spoke about VOW's work at the intersection of literature and human rights. The interview took place at the 2017 Associated Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington D.C., where over 12,000 writers gathered for panels, workshops, [...]

Podcast Feature: VOW on The Literary Life

October 21st, 2016|Categories: Home and Belonging, News, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Justice|

Author Amy Hassinger (left) featured High Rise Stories on a recent episode of The Literary Life. Amy reads from the book's introduction by VOW editor Audrey Petty (center). Voice of Witness hit the airwaves this month on The Literary Life, a weekly micro-podcast on all things writing and literature-related, hosted by author Amy Hassinger. The episode [...]

Magnum Foundation & Voice of Witness Partner to Educate Through Multimedia Storytelling Amidst Colombian Peace Talks

October 6th, 2016|Categories: Colombia, Education, Exile & Displacement, News|

For over five decades, Colombia has been embroiled in internal armed conflict among guerrilla groups, paramilitary militias, and the country’s own military. Civilians in Colombia have faced a range of abuses from all sides, including killings, disappearances, and rape—and more than four million have been forced to flee their homes. As the crisis [...]

What Happens When Philanthropy and Empathy Meet?

October 5th, 2016|Categories: News|

Voice of Witness Demonstrates the Unparalleled Power of Story to Catalyze Dialogue September 30, 2016 By Sophie Lee at The Whitman Institute This article was originally published by our good friends and long-time supporters at The Whitman Institute (TWI). We are extremely grateful for TWI's ongoing support of the work we do, and for their commitment [...]

Back on the Shelves! Stories from Undocumented Immigrants & People Inside the Criminal Justice System

September 14th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Justice, Immigration, News|

We are pleased to announce that three of our most popular backlist titles—Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, Surviving Justice: America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated, and Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women’s Prisons—are now available for purchase. The books can be purchased individually, or as bulk orders. Due to overwhelming demand [...]

Meet the 2016-17 Germanacos Fellows for Sharing History

August 17th, 2016|Categories: Education, News, Sharing History Initiative|

Last year, the VOW Education Program launched the Sharing History Initiative to support passionate and underfunded teachers, storytellers, and community leaders in bringing social justice-based storytelling into their communities. Today, we're thrilled to announce that thanks to the generosity of the Germanacos Foundation, we are now able to provide specialized support to select Sharing History participants [...]

Big news for the VOW Education Program

August 5th, 2016|Categories: Education, News|

Introducing VOW's new education associate, Erin Vong. Claire Kiefer to be VOW's curriculum specialist. Expanding Our Team The summer has been a time of transition and opportunity for the VOW Education Program as we welcome our new education associate Erin Vong and say safe travels (but not goodbye) to [...]

Dispatch from the Field: The Latest on Current Projects

July 18th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Justice, Cultural and Personal Identity, Dispatches from the Field, Ferguson, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Labor Issues, News, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, VOW Story Fund, Zimbabwe|

This summer, VOW's editors have been making big strides on their oral history projects. (Thanks in no small part to everyone who supported the Seed the VOW Story Fund Campaign this past spring!) Here are the latest updates on the next book in the VOW series, and the six projects currently incubating in the VOW Story Lab: [...]

The 2016 Sharing History Initiative is Open for Applications!

June 15th, 2016|Categories: Education, News, Sharing History Initiative|

The 2016 Sharing History Initiative is officially underway! In service of our commitment to fostering storytelling in classrooms and communities around the United States, the Voice of Witness Education Program has just launched the second annual Sharing History Initiative. This national book placement program provides educators, storytellers, and social justice advocates with [...]

A Warm Welcome to Diana Cohn!

December 11th, 2015|Categories: Education, News|Tags: , |

The Voice of Witness education team is excited to announce the newest member of our education advisory board, Diana Cohn. She will be joining current members Gerald Richards, Nishat Kurwa, Katie Kuszmar, Praveena Fernes, Rick Ayers, and Bill Ayers in assisting the education program with strategic goals, assessment, new initiatives, and outreach. For over two decades, Diana [...]