On Thursday, October 15, 2015 our YDEV course attended an Open Books-Open Minds event that was held at the Alex and Ani Hall from 4-6pm. The event was based around family stories inspired by Junot Diaz's The brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao.
“In Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, we learn not only of Oscar’s childhood and turbulent young adulthood but also about his multigenerational family from the Dominican Republic and the rich and various ways their own stories intersect with larger historical, political, and cultural contexts. Each family has its own stories, jokes, legends, curses, and counter-spells” (Rhode Island College, 2015). During the event, students and President Nancy C. shared their family stories. I enjoyed hearing the creative short stories students shared based on their personal cultural roots and life experiences.
This event made me reflect on course themes we've talked about in class. One in specific which was Identity. I feel that family stories are connected with identity because it's all beliefs/experiences that are created by not just yourself but the people around you daily. After the event I was reminded of how much of an impact an experience can have on someone. A simple story can have such an impact in a persons life. I thought it was a great idea to have our class attend an event like Open Books Open Minds, where I know we all walked away with learning something.