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MCLA Education Department to Share Ethnographies at Hearing Collective Event March 21

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. —Students in the undergraduate and graduate education programs at MCLA will share one-minute audio-ethnographies during a virtual Young People’s Archive Hearing Collective event at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 21.


This event is free and open to the public, and community members can register at


After you register for the event, you’ll receive an email with the ZOOM link as well as a few reminder emails with that link. If you haven’t already, download and install ZOOM on your desktop or mobile device and make sure it’s updated to the latest version. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to ensure your camera and microphone is working, and we recommend using headphones during the event.


Organized by The Ed Factory, the Young People’s Archive (YPA) is a youth-led digital archive project that uses audio ethnography and emerging media to document young people’s experiences as they wrestle with the tangled complexities of self, other, difference, and the crisis of connection. The project provides workshops for young people, teachers, and community-based organizations, and facilitates project-based learning in classrooms. YPA Hearing Collective events challenge participants to listen across difference and offer the opportunity to hear, understand, and connect.


Based in New York City, The Ed Factory’s work is focused in the arts, the humanities, and social connection. Its Teacher’s Institutes, workshops, consulting, and the YPA serve as design centers for the production and exchange of new educational methods and leadership practices as well as research-based schools of intellectual and social learning. Its vision is to establish a growing culture of creative educators that includes young people and adults committed to values of equity, access, voice, and recognition.


About MCLA:
At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, as leaders, communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 125-year commitment to public education we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For eight of the last 10 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges, as well as on the top 50 schools in U.S. News’ Social Mobility Ranking, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.


For more information, go to www.mcla.ed