Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives

Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives serves as an introduction to the core strategies and concepts of the Minnesota Humanities Center’s approach to community engagement through absent narratives—those voices or stories often left out or marginalized. 
Designed for people from backgrounds ranging from education to government to community leadership, workshop participants will exchange insights through personal stories, conversations, and guided reflections. While drawing upon their own experiences, participants will practice strategies that will help them engage others with respect and empathy.
"It's time to construct new narratives and add them to the many varied, diverse perspectives that exist already — we need to interact with a diverse, globalized world as it currently is."
- May 2014 Increase Engagement Participant

Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives Workshops

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Ave E, St. Paul, MN 55106
Cost: $90 per person, includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and materials
8 clock hours available upon request
Registration for this event will close on Saturday, January 21, 2017

Register for additional Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives dates: April 28, 2017  at Camp Ripley and July 25, 2017 at the Minnesota Humanities Center**.

The April 28th Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives workshop session will highlight Veterans’ Voices in Minnesota in conjunction with the Veterans’ Voices Workshop for Educators. Secondary Educators (Grades 6-12) are invited to participate in these two workshops at no cost. This offer is open only to Secondary Educators. Participation in all weekend activities is required for fee to be waived. 

**The July 25th Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives workshop session will highlight African American experiences and the black literary tradition in Minnesota in conjunction with the Using Blues Vision in the Classroom workshop. 

Cancellation policy:

If you are unable to attend the event, you may send a substitute in your place at no cost (it is up to you to make any financial arrangements with your substitute). If this is not possible, you may request a refund.

  • Cancellations received more than 10 days before the event will be refunded less a 20% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received between 5 and 10 days before the event will be refunded less a 50% cancellation fee.
  • We are unable to provide refunds for registrations cancelled less than 5 days before the event.
Refunds will be issued within 5 business days of cancellation notice.

Questions: Sung Ja Shin, 651-_772-4255,

Customized Workshops

The Minnesota Humanities Center partners with organizations to offer this workshop as a one-day, two-day or multiple session engagement for groups of 20-45. Fees apply. Please contact Sung Ja Shin, 651-772-4255, for more information.

This event is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. This event is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.