Danny Harris a Washington, D.C. folklorist will lead participants on a tour through Washington, D.C. using the stories and faces of the city’s diverse residents. From the power brokers to the street cleaners, learn how story mapping can add texture to place and create vibrant cities.
Danny Harris, a “modern-day Studs Terkel” according to the Washington Post, is the editor of People’s District, one of the District’s most innovative blogs. The site, dedicated to raising Washington, D.C.’s interest in itself and its people, shares the incredible stories and photos of the city’s diverse residents. Since launching in September 2009, Harris has interviewed over 700 people, and featured more than 500 of them on the site.
Harris’ work has been covered by, among others, The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, NBC, Baltimore Examiner, DCist.com, and from newspapers as far away as Austria and China. He also writes about storytelling and some of D.C.’s more colorful personalities for MSNBC.com and DC Modern Luxury magazine, and is a regular contributor on News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live TV show.
A storyteller himself, Harris hosts a quarterly storytelling night, The Anecdote, and gives presentations on storytelling to universities, community, and business groups. At present, he is working with partners in a number of cities to start People’s District-style projects around the world. An honors graduate of Connecticut College, he also holds a Master’s Degree from Princeton University.
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