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Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project Practicum

As appropriate, MDOCS offers and supports courses that contribute to the MDOCS Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project. In these experiences, students and faculty collaborate with community partners to document the past and present stories of Skidmore College and the Saratoga area. Partnerships may lead to finished documentary projects such as films or exhibitions, or contribute to building archival sources, or otherwise support the knowledge and understanding of the peoples, places, and interests of the community. Students may also seek out internships orindependent studies that support the Project.

 

Spring 2015- Senior Center Students Presentation
Spring 2015, Senior Center director Lois Celeste documents student
presentation on their documentary film project.
Credits: 1-4
An opportunity to work on the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project with a faculty member and/or documentarian. Students will gain practical experience in documentary research, writing, production or post-production. This course is intended for those interested in applying and enhancing skills acquired in Documentary Studies workshops or courses, or within their majors, while advancing the projects supported by MDOCS and/or Skidmore College faculty. Permission of instructor is required.
Prerequisites: As determined by the instructor and the Documentary Studies Advisory Board. - 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 381 Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project Practicum


Credits: 1–4
An opportunity to work on the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project with a faculty member and/or documentarian. Students will gain practical experience in documentary research, writing, production, or post-production. This course is intended for those interested in applying and enhancing skills acquired in Documentary Studies workshops or courses, or within their majors, while advancing the projects supported by MDOCS and/or Skidmore College faculty. Permission of instructor is required.
Prerequisites: as determined by the instructor and the Documentary Studies Advisory Board.

 

Sixty Years Young Harry T. Burleigh  Mapping Saratoga Springs

Memory Projects that students have contributed to include

  • HI 351 (Fall 2014 - Fall 2017), Adventures in Public History: The Prison Project," 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 professor Eric Morser to develop a compelling story.
  • DS 381 (Spring 2015- Spring 2017)."60 Years Young: The Story of the Saratoga Adult and Community Center." At the request of the center's director, students are developing a short documentary film drawing from a small archive of clippings, photographs, and ephemera as well as interviews of current seniors, to tell the story of a community partner. The film was shown at the center's gala event in November 2015, and to celebrate the return of the organized archival materials to the Center in May 2017.  A virtual exhibit tells the story of the Center on the SSMP website.

  • DS 381 (Spring 2015): Mapping Saratoga Springs, 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). Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

  • MUSIC 345 (fall 2016). Historical displays by students commemorating the 150th anniversary of African-American singer and compser Henry T. Burleigh by Prof. Liz Macy's "Blues and African-American Musical Heritage" course (in collaboration with MDOCS), Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2016 in the Zankel Music Hall lobby, preserved virtually as a Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project.

  • DS 202 A (Spring 2017):  Public Science Communication: Web.  Students in 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