|Class of 2020 Program|
The 2020–2022 Class of William C. Friday Fellows will use stories and objects to question, examine, and transform the places we inherit and inhabit in the world. Words and things alike will become pathways for question-framing, relationship-building, and world-shifting.
Engaging the stories they inherit and love to tell, sharing objects that bring worlds to life, and moving through places across the state, the 2020–2022 Class of Friday Fellows will draw on their innate gifts and capabilities to become more human(e) leaders. The combination of stories, objects, and places—disappeared and remembered, experienced and forgotten, beloved and haunted—will also invite Fellows to consider the power dynamics and systems that govern lives, communities, and worlds.
Working with storytellers, artists, musicians, and makers with deep connections to places and communities across the state, the 2020–2022 Class of Friday Fellows will take up their own histories and birthright inheritances as they engage one another. Brave words and sacred objects will help Fellows imagine and embrace new pathways to build and sustain relationships across lines of difference.
To grow leadership capacities, Fellows will practice being present to one another, holding space for deep learning and collective transformation. Together, Fellows will:
Tell and hear stories.