7: S
TORYTELLING IN
H
IGHER
E
DUCATION
Abigail Pressle
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“Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do
not see.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
.
2
I. Introduction
Long ago, there lived a teacher who loved to collect stories and share them
with his students. Every summer, he would walk the land in the company of
heroes, learning their great deeds and living new adventures
.
3
And every
winter he would return, wiser than when he had left. For many seasons
he did this, until the summer storms were in his voice and the white of
winter was in his hair. But the elders of the Ivory Tower, who ruled over all
teachers, did not care for his stories or his wisdom.
1
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John Bales Attorneys, St. Petersburg, Florida.
2
T
HE
M
M
AN
(1958).
3 Every year, Stetson law professor Bob Bickel teaches a course called
Constitutional
Law and the Civil Rights Movement
. The course, which spans two semesters, visits the
history and heroes of one of America’s greatest struggles. The first part is a traditional
lecture covering the history of the Civil Rights Movement with a focus on the role
lawyers and judges played in driving the movement forward. The second part is a road
tour that exposes students to a wealth of oral history. On the road tour, students meet
Civil Rights veterans, such as Ernest “Rip” Patton, C.T. Vivian, and John Siegenthaler,
and listen to their stories and recollections as they visit landmarks throughout the Deep
South. It is a gift; one of the most powerful, touching experiences a young lawyer can
have. More information about this innovative program can be obtained
.
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