Return to Mayberry
The public is invited to an evening of storytelling at the Iowa City Public Library. The event, which will feature multimedia storytelling projects by University of Iowa English students and Iowa City community members. This event takes place the day after a free community performance of the play “Mayberry,” commissioned by Hancher and produced locally by Working Group Theatre, at SE Jr. High School.
“Return to Mayberry,” co-sponsored by the CrossingBorders.us, The University of Iowa’s Digital Studio for the Public Humanities, and Working Group Theatre, is the culmination of a semester-long project by college students in an Interpretations of Literature class at The University of Iowa. The class, taught by English Ph.D. candidate Raquel Baker in collaboration with Ted Gutsche, a Ph.D. candidate in Journalism and Mass Communication, has focused on storytelling and how literature, news, TV shows, and other forms of popular culture represent dominant and both marginalized voices.
Some of the stories shared on May 2 will focus on those of insiders and outsiders in Iowa City and commentary on dominant ways the “Southeast Side” has been represented in local media and in the imaginary of Iowa Citians. “Return to Mayberry” will happen the same evening, but before, another event at the Public Library that focuses on African American families in Iowa City. We encourage the public to attend the Return to Mayberry conversation and share in light refreshments before attending the next event.