Story consultant Dr. Kendall Haven will be visiting UVU on Friday, March 7 as a guest of the Noorda Center. Kendall Haven is a nationally recognized expert on the structure of stories and on the Eight Essential Elements that form the foundation of all successful narratives. Haven’s acclaimed book, STORY PROOF: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story presents the first-ever proof that “story structure” is an information delivery system powerhouse, evolutionarily hardwired into human brains.
For 100,000 years, humans have relied on story structure to archive and to communicate key history, knowledge, facts, beliefs, concepts, and attitudes. Evidence Haven gathered from 16 fields of scientific research (neural biology, developmental psychology, neural linguistics, clinical psychology, cognitive sciences, information theory, neural net modeling, education theory, knowledge management theory, anthropology, organization theory, narratology, medical science, narrative therapy, and of course, storytelling and writing) has shown that this has evolutionarily rewired human brains to automatically think, understand, and remember through stories. Applying the science of story is the key to the art of effective communication for anyone who needs to inform, inspire or to educate. A senior research scientist turned story-teller and story-engineer, Haven assists agencies, organizations, companies and schools to master the use and power of story. For more information about his work, see kendallhaven.com.
Here is an itinerary of Dr. Haven’s visit on Friday, March 7th.
9a – 9:50a (Sorensen Center Room 213b) Dr. Haven will be meeting with the Theatre for Young Audiences class to discuss use of storytelling in the theatre. All who are interested are welcome to attend.
10a-11:50a (Sorensen Center Room 213b). Dr. Haven will be speaking with the UVU STEM Committee on applying the use of story structure to teaching the STEM subjects at the college level. All who are interested are welcome to attend.
12:00n to 12:50p (Sorensen Center Room 213b) Dr. Haven will meet with the Theatre for Elementary Teachers class to discuss the use of story in the elementary classroom. All who are interested are welcome to attend.
2:30p – 3:50p (Gunther Trades Building, Room 621, near the Noorda Center office) at UVU Panel discussion with Dr. Kendall Haven, Katherine Farmer, creator of the Farmer StoryCone Model for script and text analysis (Founding Director of the Noorda Center), and Dr. Matthew Draper, Associate Professor – Behavioral Science; narrative pedagogy. All who are interested are welcome to attend. This will include informal discussion with time for questions from the audience.
7p – 9p (Computer Science Building, Room 404) Dr. Kendall Haven will be speaking on STORY PROOF: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story. Kendall will relate his journey to his present day research and how you can use story to enhance your field of work. Those interested in story in any field whether it be film, theatre, fictional and nonfiction writings, the sciences and technology, etc. will find the information presented here revolutionary. All who are interested are welcome to attend.