Ryan Berg, Liberal Arts BA '05, has been awarded a 2016 Media for a Just Society Award from the National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD) for his debut book of nonfiction, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions. Written from years of research and experience with LGBTQ homeless youth in New York City, the book was published in 2015 by Nation Books.
The NCCD Media for a Just Society Awards are the only national recognition of media whose work furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, and adult protection issues. NCCD seeks stories that illustrate current realities or the promise of reform, especially those that help people understand the complex issues surrounding the nation’s social systems.
Berg was previously interviewed on the blog by Riggio program alum Anna Witiuk. On writing nonfiction, Berg offered this perspective:
Writing about others’ experiences can bring great responsibility to the writer. Creative nonfiction narratives in particular are an exercise in power, and I want to exercise that power legitimately and justly. As the writer, I control the narrative and am actively putting the story out into the world. I believe it is of utmost importance, when writing about marginalized populations, that I examine my own power and privilege, and the lens I look through. It's important to interrogate my motivations and make sure I'm operating with as much empathy as possible. Read more