Program Details

Storytelling in the West Bank: A Performance/Lecture for Peace - Boca Raton

Caren Neile

Course Description

Last winter, Dr. Caren Schnur Neile created a storytelling program under the auspices of the non-governmental peace organization Roots/Shoreshim/Judur. Dr. Neile worked with Israelis and Palestinians, primarily women, in the occupied West Bank. They met in the only place where the two groups were legally allowed to stand in the same space. Dr. Neile collected and helped the participants share their personal stories and cultural folktales. She aimed to enable the two groups to listen and see each other as human beings, with both divergent and shared stories of value. The program resulted in a performance by Dr. Neile based on these stories. This unusual performance/lecture contextualizes the story she created from that experience. Come hear the West Bank narrative in the words of the people who live it every day. Space is limited.

About the Instructor

  • Caren Schnur Neile, Ph.D., MFA, has taught storytelling studies and writing at FAU and other institutions worldwide for over two decades. Her publications include the books "Peninnah's World: A Jewish Life in Stories" and, with Sam Ron, "A Jewish Journey." Dr. Neile has ghostwritten and edited memoirs and other work for numerous clients, and she is featured in books such as "The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies" and "The Power of Words." She was a founding editor of the international academic journal "Storytelling, Self, Society," and is past chair of the National Storytelling Network. Dr. Neile appears weekly on the public radio WLRN segment "The Public Storyteller" and contributes a bi-weely column to the Sun-Sentinel. She has taught and performed in seven countries and 10 states.