The Middlebury Mountain Club is trying to find ways of highlighting narratives that are often excluded from the normative outdoor dialogue here at Middlebury. We want to create a platform that demonstrates the ways people on campus connect with nature other than just outdoor athletic activities such as backpacking or skiing. This effort is also an attempt to reflect on the historic exclusivity of the outdoors; we hope these stories bring greater visibility to narratives on campus that have been excluded or made uncomfortable by the outdoors due to identities regarding race, gender, class, or able bodiedness.
These narratives will be shared during the Middlebury Mountain Club's story telling event, as part of the MMC's 100th anniversary celebrations. The story telling event will take place at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 2nd around the fireplace on the patio of Atwater dining hall. It will be a great way to hear each others 'outdoor voices' in a relaxed and cozy environment. Everyone is welcome!
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Would you be willing to read your story(ies) at the MMC's storytelling event on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm?
Yes, I would be willing to read my story at the event (please include your name above so we are able to contact you)
I would be willing to have my story shared during the event, just read by another person rather than myself (you may list your name above or may also remain anonymous)
Would you be willing to allow the MMC to publish your responses to the questions below on its website? You would be able to remain anonymous or, if you write your name above, could be cited for your work.
Yes, I would be willing to let the MMC put my writing on their website.
No, I would prefer to not have my writings published on the MMC website.
Maybe, I would like to talk to an MMC representative before my material is put on a website. If this is the case, please include your name or email address so we are able to contact you.
Describe a time you felt challenged, uncomfortable, or empowered outside.
What holds you back from going outside?
Describe an experience that has shaped how you interact with nature.
Do you have a story(ies) that doesn't fit under the prompts above? Please write them below!
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