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Legacy After Dark with Special Guest Laura Roselle from Family Narrative Project

Join Laura Roselle, Family Narrative Project, and Gael Gilliland, The Legacy Recorder, as they chat about Family History and Storytelling.

By the end of this episode you will know why we are so passionate about talking to other people, getting their stories and encouraging families and individuals to not only talk about their feelings, or stories but also to listen or write them down for other people to consume.


About Laura Roselle of Family Narrative Project

Having studied the role of the media in politics for more than two decades, Roselle specializes in international political communication. She earned undergraduate degrees in math, computer science and Russian from Emory University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

She worked as an intern at the Carter Center during her undergraduate studies, and later continued her work with the Carter Center as assistant director of the program on Soviet Media and International Communication. Roselle holds a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from Stanford University, where she served as a teaching assistant to Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State.

Roselle is a major figure among international scholars of political communication, having served as president of the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association. She is also a past President of the Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. She is the co-editor of the book series: Routledge Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society, and co-editor of the journal Media, War and Conflict. She is the 2017 winner of the ISA International Communication Section's Distinguished Scholar Award.

Books… Books… Books…

Roselle has published articles and book reviews in leading journals, including the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, and in the American Behavioral Scientist. Her edited volumes include books on media and democracy and media and elections. Her current work is on strategic narratives and international relations.

“Forging the World: Strategic Narratives and International Relations,” her co-edited volume with Alister Miskimmon and Ben O'Loughlin, was published by the University of Michigan Press in January 2017. “Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order,” written with Miskimmon and O'Loughlin was published by Routledge in November 2013. She also has contributed written testimony to The House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the U.K.’s Influence.

In 2006, she published “Media and the Politics of Failure: Great Powers, Communication Strategies, and Military Defeats.” This work was chosen as a Choice outstanding title and was reissued with updated chapters in 2011.

A few thoughts from Gael

We had a wonderful conversation! I hope you take a moment to listen to it!

We chatted about storytelling, family history, and what makes us so passionate about preserving people's stories. 🤩 There was even some geeking out as we ran through some epic data points about how people perceive the stories their families tell.

What do you remember about your family's stories? Do you feel happy/sad/indifferent when you think about those stories?

From @FamilyNarrativeProject

“We started this business because we recognize the importance of family and community stories AND we are teachers who have spent a lot of time writing and teaching writing. In fact, together we have more than 75 years of teaching experience.

We have helped individuals and community groups collect, compose, and compile their stories in their own voices.

Now we are bringing our expertise to more people by developing workbooks, online courses, and online tips and advice! We can't wait to help you capture and preserve your unique family story – no one else can tell it like you can!”

Thank you!

I sincerely hope you enjoy the interview.

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Happy Writing!

Gael, the Legacy Lady

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