Caren Schnur Neile, Ph.D., MFA, is an affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, specializing in storytelling studies. Dr. Neile performs, teaches and produces storytelling events throughout the U.S. and abroad, including as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Jerusalem and Vienna. She is the former chair of the National Storytelling Network and is a co-founding editor of the academic journal Storytelling, Self, Society. Among her numerous publications are the books The Great American Story (Lambert) and Hidden: A Sister and Brother in Nazi Poland (University of Wisconsin Press). Dr. Neile also co-hosts The Public Storyteller every Sunday at four p.m. on public radio WLRN 91.3 FM, and writes a bi-weekly storytelling column for the Florida Jewish Journal. Her biggest claim to fame, however, is having been featured in the April, 2005 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine! (But not on the cover….) She has also presented at two Toastmaster International conventions.
Dr. Neile’s repertoire ranges from Anansi and Bouki tales to personal stories, Florida history and made-to-order programs. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, she also presents performance-lectures including A Celebration of Jewish Storytelling, Tikkun Olam: The Case of Jewish-American Heroes, and Beyond the Bubbe Mayse: A Celebration of Jewish Women in Story.
As a former Board member of the Healing Story Alliance, Dr. Neile also offers programs on storytelling for peace and conflict resolution and specializes in storytelling work with veterans and the elderly.