SPRINGFIELD (April 6, 2020) – The Global Education and Peace Network will hold the next installment in its Global Education Speaker Series, “Sharing our Roots: Interviewing Our Elders,” on Zoom this Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.
April’s program calls on young people to interview an elder remotely and share what they’ve learned in a two-to-five-page paper. Participants should choose the answer they found most interesting and record their elder on video or audio sharing that story. Submissions can be sent to Nancy Flinchbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 13, 2020.
Questions that interviewers may ask include:
- What was school like when you were growing up?
- Who was your favorite teacher and why did you like them? And/or Was there a person in your life you admired, and why?
- What activities were you involved in as a young person? (sports, school activities, work, religious, community activities, etc.
- What did you and your friends do when you got together?
- What were some of the things going on when you were growing up that you were concerned about? Were you and your peers involved in efforts to rectify some of those concerns?
- What was going on between people of different color/ethnic backgrounds back then? Did you get along? Were there problems? How did you feel about all of that?
- Tell me about what you were like when you were my age. Who did you live with? Where did you go to school? What was important to you?
- What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time? Or what do you wish you knew back then?
The program is being conducted in partnership with the Heritage Center of Clark County. After the program, students may submit their papers and videos to the Heritage Center’s archives.
The Global Education and Peace Network celebrates its 18th season with the speaker series, “Sharing our Roots: Growing Springfield Together.” Monthly programs will explore ways for local residents to practice kindness in their lives. The Global Education and Peace Network formed during City-sponsored study circles after the tragedy of 9/11. They seek to build bridges of understanding across cultural divides with their monthly speaker series and annual calendar.