PUTNEY -- Virginia Prescott, host of "Word of Mouth" on New Hampshire Public Radio, will speak on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m., at Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill.

Prescott will explore the role that storytelling and active listening can play in binding together human relationships -- from personal to intercultural.

The talk, titled "Listening Beneath the Noise," is co-sponsored by Landmark College and Next Stage Arts Project. Admission is free for Landmark College students, faculty, and staff with a valid Landmark College ID. For all others, there is a $10 requested donation to benefit Next Stage Arts’ educational programming.

What is "Listening Beneath the Noise" about? Prescott cites the strong human need for up-close communication and the trend toward disconnection that has accompanied technological advances. She explained that although we have unprecedented access to connective media, we engage in less conversation. "I will use examples from a career in broadcasting to talk about how active listening can change personal and communal dynamics and be used as a tool to move beyond conflict," wrote Prescott.

"Word of Mouth" is NHPR’s daily conversation about emerging trends, new ideas and under-reported stories from viral and pop culture. Prescott’s deep roots in public radio began at WWOZ in New Orleans. She later launched the Edward R.


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Morrow Award-winning interactive media team at WNYC in New York City, and became editor, producer and director for NPR’s "On Point" and "Here & Now" while at WBUR in Boston. Throughout her radio career, she has helped build independent radio stations in the developing world and trained journalists in post-conflict zones from Sierra Leone to the Balkans. Her commitment to the power of sound and storytelling led her to create audio installations in Houston, in Watertown, Mass., and at MIT. She was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University and was a member of the Peabody Award-winning production team for Jazz from Lincoln Center.

For more information about Next Stage, visit nextstagearts.org. For more on Landmark College, visit www.landmark.edu.