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Herstory Writers Workshop

2539 Middle Country Road

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Centereach, NY 11720

Phone: 631-676-7395

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All Podcasts Made Possible with Funding from the Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs

May 22, 2017

Join us for a special Women’s History Month panel on the role of reflection in memoir writing, featuring Herstory’s founder and artistic director Erika Duncan and Gloria Jacobs, former editor of MS Magazine and past publisher of the Feminist Press, moderated by Hofstra’s Professor Ethna D. Lay.   As our panelists reach out to a new generation of students, we catch a glimpse of Herstory’s roots in the early articulation of Femi...

May 21, 2017

Herstory works with the conviction that master-level workshops need to be equally available to all— whether one has walked a conventional academic path or life circumstances have provided the rich oral immersion that no classroom can replicate.  For the stories inside us-- bubbling up to be told-- are our gift to one another, if only we can give them a shape.     

We invite you to sit in on one of our weekly...

May 12, 2017

​​We invite you to join our mini lesson in experiencing where a story is going, once the writing has been developed for 8-10 weeks.   In a truly bilingual program, Spanish, English and Portuguese speaking students from Patchogue/Medford High School write side by side with interns from St. Joseph’s college, learning one another’s languages as they explore how to turn their memories into memoirs powerful enough to reach a readin...

May 11, 2017

We invite you to watch our video presentation of the culminating reading of Stories for Youth Justice, featuring student readers from LIU Post University and Westbury High School, following a rich semester of writing in which young people celebrated their challenges, journeys and roots, as they experimented with the memoir form.  Watch one reading at a time, to savor the rich rhythms of the Creole and Latino backgrounds that a...

January 8, 2017

The history of Native Americans in the United States is filled with oppression by and struggle against the dominant culture. While native peoples across the country have made strides towards full civil and human rights, they continue to face the need to wage life and death battles—whether to combat extreme poverty and neglect or to prevent further destruction of the environment and of people, such as the ongoing struggle of th...

January 8, 2017

Though the world still considers the United States of America to be the land of immigrants, the nation that welcomes people from all nations, U.S. history and immigration policy tell another story. Heightened tensions over immigration—locally, nationally and internationally—have revealed this country’s troubled and disturbing relationship to immigrants and the struggle they face upon arriving in the U.S.: hopes of achieving th...

March 14, 2016

We often like to look at an issue in isolation. If we are talking about youth who commit crime or victims of violence, we often allow small snapshots of stories to guide our perspective, opinions and stances on a variety of topics that will ultimately shape our collective health, safety and well-being.

In this episode we are proud to present Dathonie Pinto reading the opening pages from her memoir in progress, Chains Don’t Ratt...

February 16, 2016

Amid the ongoing controversy over policies and practices in criminal justice, we wonder, what is justice and how can we achieve it for all? Policing and criminal justice activism have long been at odds, and although it has been slow in coming, that trend is changing. In pockets around the country police and advocates are beginning to take a look at the same issues, including sentencing reform, alternatives to incarceration and...

August 24, 2014

The force behind this program is Tanasha Gordon,  a student from Central Islip High School who is member of  Touro Law Center’s branch of  Herstory’s Youth Writing for Justice Program. There,  lawyers and teachers, law interns, and community activists write side by side with high school students, to learn to use personal memoir as a tool for re-examining attitudes, policies and laws.  We also hear from Rachel Weiner, who worke...

July 27, 2014

In this program, we focus on the plight of prisoners and detainees in New York State held in isolated confinement, where people are contained in a cell for 22 to 24 hours a day. That confinement has been found to be both inhumane and unconstitutional. The United Nations has deemed anything more than 15 days in isolated confinement as torture. The goal of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC) is sweeping...

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