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What happens when women take action?

POULTNEY What happens when women stand up, act out, and make noise? Master storyteller Lee-Ellen Marvin provides some provocative answers when she presents Standing Up: Women in Peace and Social Action on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. Her appearance is the first event in this year's Storyteller Series at Green Mountain College. Standing Up was created from interviews, newspaper reports, and personal experiences of women in history and in contemporary times. "My project started with an interest in the beginnings of radical action," Marvin said. "Using the Chinese proverb of a journey beginning with a single step, I'm exploring the issue of what motivates a person to take that first single step." Lee-Ellen Marvin has a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife and has been involved with contemporary storytelling since 1979. She teaches storytelling at Ithaca College and directs the Community Role Players, a volunteer improv group that addresses social and interpersonal issues in Ithaca, N.Y. Marvin tells stories with spare and elegant language hovering just this side of music. She takes her listeners on rich journeys through time, place, and imagination (with an occasional burst of goofiness). The next event in the Storyteller Series will be on Monday, Nov. 17, featuring Diane Edgecomb with Kurdish tales and the story behind collecting them.

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