The Quest for Meaning:Narratives of Teaching, Learning and the Arts

Author/Editor: Marrie Beatie
Sense Publishers, 2009

Chapter 5:
“The Power of Stories: Tracing the Creating Thread and Healing the Self Whole”
by: Carly Stasko

Click here for full PDF of book.

The Quest for Meaning: Teaching, Learning and the Arts presents a narrative, arts-based approach to pedagogy and research in higher education. Through narratives of experience, the book offers revealing, poignant examples of the transformative power of the arts and of narrative inquiry in learners’ lives, and of the centrality of story in their ongoing quest for meaning.

Making Radio – Carly on CBC radio this Saturday

My first story as a freelancer at the  CBC radio’s show DNTO (Definitely Not the Opera) will air this Saturday at some point between 2-4pm (probably closer to the start).  Alternatively, as of Monday March 15th the broadcast will be posted online here:  It can also be downloaded off iTunes.

The topic this week is “On the Phone”.  It will explore how we change when we’re on the phone and how we use phon

es as a tool, beyond basic communication.

Here is the blurb about my story from their site: “When Carly Stasko was being treated for cancer she had no idea that a phone message would be an integral part of her cure.  She’ll tell us her story.”
I hope you can check it out – I’m really excited about this! And please, let me know what you think!


You can listen to the radio documentary “Ring that Bell” that I produced in 2006 for CBC’s Outfront.

You can also see video of my cancer- free happy dance  by clicking here.

The Corporate Assault on Youth: Commercialism, Exploitation, and the End of Innocence.

The Corporate Assault on Youth: Commercialism, Exploitation, and the End of Innocence.
Edited by: Deron Boyles
Peter Lang Publishers, 2008


Chapter 6: “Packaging Youth and Selling Tomorrow: Deconstructing the Myths of Marketalkracy”
by:  Carly Stasko & Trevor Norris


The Corporate Assault on Youth examines childhood as a social construction increasingly influenced by corporations and commercialism. Through case studies, critical analysis, and historical/philosophical research, the essays collected here expose the degree to which children are unwitting targets of marketing. With topics ranging from the presence of media branding in schools and school supplies to the subtler ways in which the public education system is influenced by corporate ideologies and purposes, this book draws much-needed attention to how educators, administrators, policymakers, parents, and children can become aware of, and counterbalance, the effects of the commercialism that is overwhelming students’ understanding of the world and their place within it.