The Story of Our Lives: Why Tell Family Stories?

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Heinz History Center
Free | Please Register online
Hybrid Program

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Whether you’re a seasoned genealogist or the keeper of your family stories, the Heinz History Center’s new programming series, “The Story of Our Lives,” seeks to reveal new ways of thinking about who you are, why your family matters, and how the work of family storytelling is essential.  

Featuring thinkers from various backgrounds, perspectives, and fields of study, “The Story of Our Lives” will explore the big questions of genealogy and offer new insights into the practice of piecing together your family’s history. For the first installment, Dr. Robyn Fivush, a nationally renowned scientist, and Njaimeh Njie, one of Pittsburgh’s most engaging multimedia artists, will discuss how telling family stories can positively impact people and society.  

Dr. Fivush is a professor of psychology who studies the role of reminiscing and sharing family stories in the development of emotionally resilient children. For decades, Fivush and her Emory University colleagues have compiled data on the benefits of family stories on child wellbeing.  

Njaimeh Njie is an artist and multimedia producer who uses images and documents of family and neighborhood history to honor everyday experiences and spark visual gateways into the past. In discussing their work, Fivush and Njie will offer insights into the many ways that telling family stories can positively impact people and society at large. 

Registration & Admission

This is a hybrid program. Attendees can participate either online or in-person at the Heinz History Center. 

Please register online.

Live captioning will be provided at this program. 

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About Dr. Robyn Fivush 

Robyn Fivush is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Emory University, where she has been on the faculty since 1984.  She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York in 1983 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California at San Diego from 1983 to 1984.  She is a Fellow of both APA and APS.  Her research focuses on the social construction of autobiographical memory and the relations among memory, narrative, identity, trauma, and coping. She has published over 150 books, book chapters, and articles, including her most recent book, “Family Narratives and the Development of an Autobiographical Self.”

About Njaimeh Njie

Njaimeh Njie is a photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Her practice centers on everyday people, narratives, and landscapes with a particular focus on Black life and how the past shapes the present. Njie is the Founder/Lead Producer of the nonfiction storytelling company Eleven Stanley Productions, and she earned her B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010.