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NOTE: Events below are from Fall 2016; stay tuned for Spring 2017 dates.


Doc Dates: Portrait & Biography

Public Events

MDOCS hosts a variety of public events throughout each academic semester. These events are all free and open to the Skidmore community as well as community members from the surrounding Saratoga region. No RSVP is needed.

Doc Date: Portrait & Biography

Doc Date: Portrait and Biography series

Podcast Portraits of Environmental Fieldwork in the Adirondacks

Mon, September 19 at 7 p.m., Wilson Chapel

Speaker: Erika Schielke, moderation by Lucas Willard (WAMC)

Join Erika Schielke of the Skidmore Biology Department and 2016 Storytellers' Institute Scholar, as she presents her science podcast that paints an audio portrait of what field work is really like for local biologists in the Adirondack region.

As an aquatic ecologist, Schielke often found herself engaged in impromptu lakeside conversations about her field research. This fostered her desire to do more public outreach, and in 2009 she was selected as an American Academy for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow. From 2009 to 2010 she produced the Adirondack Science Report at WGFR, a monthly radio feature highlighting regional science stories. 

During the Storytellers' Institute Schielke worked on a series of podcasts about regional environmental topics. The podcast pieces combine narration, interviews with experts and natural sound while presenting science in a compelling and accessible way to the general public. 

Storytellers' Alumni Event

Storytellers' Institute Showcase 

Thursday, September 29, 7–8 p.m., Emerson Auditorium

Curious about what your fellow classmates were up to this summer? Learn more about Skidmore's 2016 Storytellers' Institute Scholars and their work. This June they joined documentary practitioners and Skidmore faculty members in a creative-academic intensive five-week residency that challenged their creative process and documentary skills.

Find out what projects they worked on and learn more about their experience while living among professional doc creators in a collaborative environment.


When War Comes HomeScreening: When War Comes Home with Emmy Award–winning director Michael King

Thursday October 13, 6:30–9 p.m.

Location: New York State Military Museum

MDOCS has partnered with the New York State Military Museum to bring a new documentary film When War Comes Home to Saratoga Springs. This film follows three Iraq/Afghanistan War veterans returning home to discover that their post-traumatic stress affects not only their own lives but the lives of their wives, children and friends. Witnessing these powerful stories and many others, retired four-star General Peter Chiarelli leads the search for better treatment for these invisible wounds of war.
Trailer:  When War Comes Home
Director:  Michael W. King
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Director Michael King and local veterans. Click here for more info.

Doc Date: Portrait & Biography

Doc Date: Portrait and Biography series

Through a Native Lens: Portraiture, Social Documentary and Narrative in Saratoga

Monday October 17 at 7 p.m. Emerson Auditorium

On October 17, join Daesha Devón Harris, a Saratoga Springs native and documentary photographer who creates powerful multimedia pieces that speak to social issues in a creative and compelling way. The photos depict subjects not as victims, but instead show them in a light of determination illuminating Daesha's relentless optimism.

Moderated by Robert ParkeHarrison

This event is part of the MDOCS series on portraiture and biography in documentary work. One Monday each month, creators from photography, audio documentary and multimedia visit Skidmore to discuss their work and the morals and ethics behind representing someone else's story through their vision.

Jay Blakesberg photographyChasing the Light: The Rock and Roll Photography of Jay Blakesberg

Tuesday November 1 at 7 p.m., Davis Auditorium

Join Jay Blakesberg for a presentation of his 35-year journey in rock and roll photography, from documenting the Grateful Dead to his latest book Hippie Chick: A Tale of Love, Devotion & Surrender. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.




Doc Date: Portrait & Biography series

Doc Date: Portrait and Biography series

Offset (film): A life blurred and re-envisioned

Monday, November 14 at 7 p.m., Emerson Auditorium

Join filmmaker Adam Hall for a special screening of his feature documentary Offset: Seeing Beauty Through a Brain Injury. A study of a single individual, this film blends elements of  portrait and biography to tell the story of Brian Nice.

After a catastrophic brain injury, renowned photographer Nice was confined to his childhood home. When his health insurance no longer covered physical therapy sessions, Nice embarked on a cross-country road trip testing his physical and emotional limits. Taking his camera with him, Nice photographed the American landscape, capturing the way he now sees the world. Hall's film shares the journey and the work.

Director Adam Hall will be at this event for a moderated Q&A with Nicky Tavares after the screening. More info here.

MDOCS Student Work Showcases2016 Fall Student Showcases

Tuesday December 13, 6–8 p.m., Davis Auditorium: Act I

Wednesday, December 14, 6–8 p.m., Davis Auditorium: Act II 

Check out what the students in documentary studies courses have been up to this semester. For two nights, an array of video, audio and multimedia work will be presented in Emerson auditorium. 

Event organized by students in DS 251B "Festival Programming"
Followed by a reception with light snacks and refreshments.


Workshops and Info Sessions

MDOCS sponsors workshops by faculty members and documentary profsesionals that are open to everyone in the Skidmore community. This semester, the program is focused on offering tips on incorporating different forms of storytelling into the classroom. The Info sessions are geared to students passionate about the creative arts. It's specified when RSVP is needed. In addition, the Collaborative and Project Vis offer workshops in LIB 113 led by students. 

icon multimediaEthics Bowl: The Ethics and Law in Media Production

Tuesday, September 27, 6–8 p.m., Emerson Auditorium

Tackle the issues facing today's nonfiction storytellers and prepare yourself for the roadblocks to public use that media creators may come to realize only after wrapping production—often too late to resolve crucial rights and relationships. The session will combine brief presentations on law, ethics and methods with background and tips and group discussion by attendees who will grapple with a real-world case and come together to present solutions.

This hands-on training session is a must-have knowledge base for all students planning on creating media work now and in the future. Hosted by Media & Film Studies and MDOCS

icon webWorkshop: Map Storytelling

Friday, October 14, 10–12 p.m., GIS Lab

Join Tom Hart for a workshop on the power of telling stories through GIS mapping. 

"Getting Data on a Map: Google Mapping Tools": You may already use Google Maps and Google Earth Pro for driving directions. In this workshop, learn how to tap into these free online resources to map all sorts of information. Get an introduction to Google Maps and Google Earth Pro mapping engines, geographic information systems (GIS), the GIS Center, good map design, web publishing and collaborating to bring mapping into class. Participants will acquire tools to find data and quickly produce maps from the information gleaned with the workshop case study, mapping lead levels in Flint, Michigan. Participants will have an opportunity to map their own data. Reach out to Tom Hart ( for advice on formatting if this is of interest.

Preparation: A Google account is required. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel is helpful.

Faculty/staff: RSVP to 

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Off Campus Networking Night

Thursday October 20, 5–7 p.m., Saratoga Arts

Looking to set up an internship at a creative workspace? Meet regional professionals working in art, media, film, photography, event management and more at the MDOCS, Arts Administration, and Media and Film Studies Networking Night. A skill-up workshop offering networking tips and communication starters for Skidmore students will precede this evening of mingling.

AA, MFS and MDOCS students: RSVP to

icon listeningWorkshop: Audio Guides in the classroom, walking tours, and more...

Monday October 24, 10–11 a.m., LIB 113

Dan Curley (classics) and Greg Spinner (religious studies) will lead a discussion on how to use the audio guide kits in the classroom and on the street. These simple devices can enhance the classroom experience and create a dynamic learning environment once you know how to use them. 

You’ve seen them before—that group of students and teachers on a field trip, shouting themselves hoarse in an effort to be heard in a museum or on a city street. Perhaps you and your class have been That Group, and have worried whether you’ve ruined the ambience for other patrons and passers-by. Worry no more! Thanks to the MDOCS audio tour equipment, you too can craft an excursion that allows everyone in your group to be heard and leaves those outside your group in peace. This workshop will detail best practices for integrating audio gear into your next museum visit, travel seminar or North Woods venture and will offer a hands-on field demonstration of the MDOCS equipment. Bring your earbuds and leave the shouting behind.

Faculty/staff:  RSVP to

photo iconWorkshop: DSLR Photography Basics

Friday October 28, 2–4 p.m., LIB 113

Still stuck in the auto-function of your DSLR camera? Learn the basics of DSLR photography and get some tips on how to create more engaging, lively images. Led by Eric Jenks, Skidmore alumus and Capital Region photojournalist. 


Web Design IconUsing the Web for Academic Projects

Monday November 7, 10 a.m.–noon, LIB 113

This workshop provides an overview of web design for academic or student projects, with an introduction to approaches to the architecture of a website as a system of navigation and textual, visual and media content. We will also discuss basics of visual design.

Faculty/staff:  RSVP to

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Storytellers' Institute Info Session

Wednesday, November 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m., LIB 113

Skidmore students and faculty: Do you have a documentary project to advance? 
The 2017 Storytellers' Institute is a unique experience where students have the opportunity to work alongside documentary practitioners and Skidmore faculty members as their peers in a hybrid creative-academic experience. Learn more about the Institute and the application process at this informal info session hosted by MDOCS. Pizza included!

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