The Voices Project
80 Minutes Around the World
The Misericordia University College of Arts and Sciences will present "80 Minutes Around the World," a once-in-a-lifetime event that takes audience members on an 80-minute trip around five continents as eight storytellers each share their immigration experiences.
The show combines award-winning performers including Nestor Gomez (show creator), Adam Wade (Magnet Theater, NYC) and John Gebretatose (HUGE Theater, Minneapolis) with regional and local storytellers who are first- and second-generation immigrants and refugees.
The show will tour through Luzerne and Lackawanna counties with 4 performances:
- Misericordia University's Lemmond Theatre on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 at 12:30 p.m.
- F.M. Kirby Center on April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
- Scranton Cultural Center on April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
All shows are free and open to the public
This show is the culmination of The Voices Project: Immigration, a year-long visual and storytelling arts project conducted at Misericordia University.
The show is supported by grants from the Lackawanna Arts Council, the Soyka Funds for the Humanities, and the Misericordia University College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, email Alicia Nordstrom, professor and chairperson of the psychology department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-674-8008.
What is the Voices Project?
The Voices Project: Mental Health is the next chapter of a psychology project that explores society’s attitudes towards individuals considered “different.” In this project, Misericordia students interview individuals from social groups that are misunderstood, stigmatized, and/or ignored and write memoirs of their lives. These memoirs are integrated into staged readings or theatrical programs and performed to the campus and community to educate others on the "real" experiences of these interviewees. Since its inception in 2009, the project has explored the experiences of a variety of social groups.
The Voices Project started in 2009 with a focus on diverse groups crossing race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and health conditions.
The Voices Project: Disability took place in 2012 with a focus on physical disabilities.
The US/UK Voices Project took place in 2014 and was an international exchange of stories between Misericordia students and undergraduates at Blackburn College in England
The Voices Project: Mental Health began in 2016 and focuses on individuals and family members of those with mental health conditions.
In recognition of Mental Health Week and Mental Health Month in October 2019, Dr. Nordstrom was featured on WVIA Radio ArtScene and spoke about The Voices Project: Mental Health. Listen to the podcast here.
Click this link to watch the documentary "Voices Project: Mental Health," that aired on WVIA in October 2019. In recognition of Mental Health Week and Mental Health Month, the documentary chronicled interviews done by six Misericordia students with people diagnosed with a range of mental health disorders as part of an ongoing research study on understanding differences.
What is The Voices Project and how did it get started? Check out Alicia Nordstrom's TEDxLancaster talk on "The Fallacy of Normal and Beauty of Difference" (September, 2017) to learn more: