The Voices Project
From the creator of The Voices Projectcomes the fifth chapter in a series that highlights stories of real people from groups that are often misunderstood. The Voices Project: Immigration Documentary shares the stories of five people who are first- and second- generation immigrants and their experiences living in America. This poignant film will ask audiences to reconsider their idea of what being an immigrant means and how similar and different we are from each other. Audience members will have the opportunity to dialogue with two of the documentary storytellers from Misericordia University—Kevin Amaya and Dr. Lalaine Little—following the film.
This film is the culmination of a year-long project exploring immigration from historical, narrative and visual artistic perspectives. Special thanks to Drs. Allan Austin, Patrick Hamilton and Lalaine Little as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, Soyka Fund for the Humanities, Lackawanna Arts Council, and filmmaker Timothy McDermott. Special thanks also go to the Sisters of Mercy for their commitment to supporting immigrant families and to the 60-plus students who made this project possible.
The Voices Project: Immigration
"The Voices Project: Immigration" documentary originally aired on WVIA-TV on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 p.m.
The film chronicles a classroom and advocacy project designed to promote understanding and reduce the stigma of race and immigrants. Featuring Misericordia University students and faculty, the documentary chronicles a classroom and advocacy project designed to promote understanding and reduce the stigma of race and immigrants.
"The Voices Project: Immigration" was a year-long visual and storytelling project conducted at Misericordia University by Alicia Nordstrom, Ph.D., professor and chairperson of the psychology department and her students. Over 60 students at Misericordia University interviewed first and second-generation immigrants, refugees, and DACA recipients.
Interview on ArtScene with Erika Funke regarding "The Voices Project: Immigration" Documentary
Hear Alicia Nordstrom, Ph.D., creator and producer of The Voices Project, Lalaine Little, Ph.D., Pauly Friedman Art Gallery Director and Fine Arts instructor at Misericordia, and Kevin Amaya, Misericordia Government, Law and National Security major from West Scranton, speak about their immigration stories that are featured on the original documentary film, "The Voices Project: Immigration".
What is The Voices Project and how did it get started?
The Voices Project began as a method for students to examine the question: what is it like to be "different"? In Fall of 2009, Psychology instructor Dr. Alicia Nordstrom developed an experiential, service-learning diversity assignment for her Intro to Psychology course that was intended to enhance students' critical thinking and cultural competency, reduce stereotypes and prejudice towards victimized and misunderstood groups, and increase empathy and perspective taking. This assignment - called The Voices Project (TVP) - was designed with the understanding that students often have negative attitudes toward people from unfamiliar groups.
Check out Alicia Nordstrom's TEDxLancaster talk on "The Fallacy of Normal and Beauty of Difference" (September, 2017) to learn more:
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