Tales from the Black Carpet: A Narrative Inquiry into Mulitcultural Programming

Daniel Casebeer, Jessica Mann, Elise Michaux


This study explores student perceptions of multicultural programming through arts-based narrative inquiry. Using Bakhtinian novelness as a frame for restorying the lived experiences of the students responsible for organizing a Black Carpet Fashion Showcase at a Catholic liberal arts university, the event’s unintended consequences are situated in a heteroglossic space where the participants’ unmerged voices (polyphony) at a specific time (chronotope) are held in the same esteem (carnival). Rather than offering a unified solution for best practice in multicultural programming, the purpose of this study is to promote dialogic conversations about how students can participate in the construction of inclusive campus communities.


Narrative inquiry, multicultural programming, Bakhtinian novelness, polyphonic discourse

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