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MDOCS supports documentary and storytelling projects in collaboration with a wide array of organizations, both through its own Documentary Studies courses, and through the across-the-disciplines course support it offers in its DOCLab. MDOCS support may involve ideation, "matchmaking" organizations with creatives, hands-on production support, and the coordination of public-facing exhibits, events and social impact campaigns that culminate from our collaborations.
Some of our projects are archived online in the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project, and some unfold over multiple semesters and years. All of our projects seek to deepen the public discourse in our communities, utilizing creative, sensorial and forward-looking means to convey knowledge, deepen understanding, and encourage dialogue. There is no "typical" community collaboration, except in that we always strive to respect the needs and goals of those who partner with us.
Past projects include:
 
Climates of Inequality

The Empire's Backyard: Power & Pollution in Sheridan Hollow

ES 352, Sp '19: Environmental Studies Prof. AJ Schneller's students worked closely with community partners in the Environmental Justice neighborhood of Sheridan Hollow in Albany, NY documenting the history and current crisis of the power-plant that has powered the state Capitol since the early 1900's. Their work resulted in content for a collective multi-media exhibit,Climates of Inequality.

Nursing Project

Compassionate Hands: Remembering The Skidmore College Dept of Nursing

HI 325, Sp '19: Students in History Prof. Tillman Nechtman's course worked to build an oral history archive of the Skidmore Nursing program - interviewing alumni, faculty, and researching the archive, and making the stories available on the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project site.

States of Incarceration

Closing a Prison: Deferring a Dream

HI 351, Fa '14 - Fa '17: For MDOCS' first participation in Project HAL, students focused on Mount McGregor prison, closed by state officials in 2014.  From oral histories to materials for a group exhibition as part of the Humanities Action Lab project States of Incarceration, students worked with History Prof. Eric Morser to develop a compelling story.

60 Yrs Young

60 Yrs Young: Story of the Saratoga Adult & Community Center

DS 381, Sp '15- Sp '17: Students in History Prof. Jordana Dym's class developed a short documentary film drawing from an archive of clippings, photographs, and ephemera as well as interviews of current seniors, to tell the story of the Saratoga Springs Adult and Community Center. The film and newly organized archive were shared at the Center's gala event in November 2015.

Mapping Saratoga

Mapping Saratoga Springs

DS 381, Sp '15: Students in History Prof. Jordana Dym's class developed an exhibition at the Saratoga Springs History Museum telling the story of the community's growth from town to village to city, on the occasion of the centennial of the city charter (2015). 

Crandall Park

Crandall Park Trees

DS 202, Sp '17:  Students in Biology Prof. Erika Schielke's course developed materials about the trees in Crandall Park, Glens Falls, for the park's Beautification Committee.  The results of their research and foray into web storytelling are available on the Park's project website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DS 202 - Documentary Studies WorkshopDS
Credits: 1-4
A topical workshop or lab/studio experience sponsored through documentary studies. DS 202 may be linked to a regular course offered or as a free-standing academic experience.
Prerequisites: As determined by the instructor and the Documentary Studies Advisory Board.
Prerequisites/ Corequisites DS 201/301 and DS 300 are not interchangeable. In DS 201/301, the DS workshops, students may be building skills with course materials or working on distinct projects, with work to be complete within that semester. In DS 300, the Memory Practicum, students will collaborate on a pre-designated project, which might be creating a film for a community partner, helping a local institution design a commemoration of a landmark event, or to create an exhibit in a nearby museum. The Practicum will allow faculty and students to collaborate on projects which might extend beyond the scope of a single semester.
The Faculty - See more at: http://catalog.skidmore.edu/search_advanced.php?cur_cat_oid=13&search_database=Search&search_db=Search&cpage=1&ecpage=1&ppage=1&spage=1&tpage=1&location=3&filter%5Bkeyword%5D=DS&filter%5Bexact_match%5D=1#sthash.UI4Xhgg7.dpuf

DS 202 - Documentary Studies Workshop


Credits: 1-4
A topical workshop or lab/studio experience sponsored through documentary studies. DS 202 may be linked to a regular course offered or as a free-standing academic experience.
Prerequisites: As determined by the instructor and the Documentary Studies Advisory Board.
Prerequisites/ Corequisites DS 201/301 and DS 300 are not interchangeable. In DS 201/301, the DS workshops, students may be building skills with course materials or working on distinct projects, with work to be complete within that semester. In DS 300, the Memory Practicum, students will collaborate on a pre-designated project, which might be creating a film for a community partner, helping a local institution design a commemoration of a landmark event, or to create an exhibit in a nearby museum. The Practicum will allow faculty and students to collaborate on projects which might extend beyond the scope of a single semester.
The Faculty - See more at: http://catalog.skidmore.edu/search_advanced.php?cur_cat_oid=13&search_database=Search&search_db=Search&cpage=1&ecpage=1&ppage=1&spage=1&tpage=1&location=3&filter%5Bkeyword%5D=DS&filter%5Bexact_match%5D=1#sthash.UI4Xhgg7.dpuf

DS 202 - Documentary Studies Workshop


Credits: 1-4
A topical workshop or lab/studio experience sponsored through documentary studies. DS 202 may be linked to a regular course offered or as a free-standing academic experience.
Prerequisites: As determined by the instructor and the Documentary Studies Advisory Board.
Prerequisites/ Corequisites DS 201/301 and DS 300 are not interchangeable. In DS 201/301, the DS workshops, students may be building skills with course materials or working on distinct projects, with work to be complete within that semester. In DS 300, the Memory Practicum, students will collaborate on a pre-designated project, which might be creating a film for a community partner, helping a local institution design a commemoration of a landmark event, or to create an exhibit in a nearby museum. The Practicum will allow faculty and students to collaborate on projects which might extend beyond the scope of a single semester.
The Faculty - See more at: http://catalog.skidmore.edu/search_advanced.php?cur_cat_oid=13&search_database=Search&search_db=Search&cpage=1&ecpage=1&ppage=1&spage=1&tpage=1&location=3&filter%5Bkeyword%5D=DS&filter%5Bexact_match%5D=1#sthash.UI4Xhgg7.dpufSixty Years YoungMapping Saratoga Springs