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MDC Wolfson Campus Hosting StoryCorps Historias Listening Event on Jan. 14

StoryCorps

Miami, January 11, 2010 - StoryCorps has been collecting the personal stories of everyday people. Most recently, the project expanded to include StoryCorps Historias, which takes that original idea with a focus on preserving the diverse stories and life experiences of Latinos in the U.S. It is a joint collaboration with the Latino Public Radio Consortium (WDNA Radio, Miami), Latino USA, and the U.S. Latino and Latina World War II Oral History project.

This month, StoryCorps Historias arrived at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave. As part of the project, it will present a unique listening event and slide show presentation on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Upper Plaza on Building 1 (near the fountain).

The StoryCorps' MobileBooth will be stationed on the Wolfson Campus through Feb. 4 with bilingual facilitators available to collect and record interviews. MobileBooths are Airstream trailers outfitted with professional recording studios that will visit locations in New York, California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico and Puerto Rico. All interview participants will receive a copy of their 40-minute recording on CD, and with their consent, interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

StoryCorps is the brainchild of award-winning documentary producer and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Dave Isay. This unprecedented project has traveled to every corner of America, instructing and inspiring individuals to record their stories in sound. StoryCorps, in partnership with National Public Radio and the Library of Congress, has recorded more than 25,000 interviews with 50,000 participants across the country.

In Miami, StoryCorps is partnering with WDNA-FM 88.9 Public Radio, which will air a selection of the local stories. Selected interviews will also air on Latino USA, an English-language news program broadcast in 31 states, NPR’s Morning Edition and is accessible at storycorpshistorias.org.

About WDNA-FM 88.9 Public Radio

Known worldwide as South Florida's premiere jazz music station, WDNA’s mission is to provide quality public-centric music, arts, and cultural programming to the residents of South Florida and beyond. In an ever changing radio landscape, WDNA remains committed to America's Classical Music, alternative voices, and the marriage of entertainment with enrichment. WDNA’S programs are made possible, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, the State of Florida, Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 170,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and science degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety management and nursing. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs have served as national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system.

 

Media contacts WDNA: Maggie Pelleyá, WDNA’s General Manager, 305-662-8889, mpelleya@wdna.org; Andrea Alarcón, WDNA’s Production Assistant, 786-942-9329, andrea@wdna.org

Media contact StoryCorps: Diana Velez-Griffen, 646-723-7020 ext. 65, dvgriffen@storycorps.org 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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