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Storytellers' Institute 2015: Family

June 1–July 2

The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon."
Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings
If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten."
Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works

 2015 Theme | The storytellers | Public events  | Slideshow

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Through a Lens Darkly, Photo: J. Pinderhughes
2015's inaugural MDOCS Storytellers' Institute documents "family." Being part of a family is an integral part of the human experience. Whether the family is one we are born into, chose or were chosen for; large or small; gathers for weekly dinners, annual holidays or an occasional conversation; evokes comedy or drama, love or loss ... family shapes who we are in past, present and future tenses. 
We hope you will join us for Keynote presentations (June 8, 9 and 15), and Storytellers' Institute Presents ...screenings and artists' talks by  Institute Fellows (June 5, 12, 19 and 26) as they explore the nature of family and community.

The 2015 Storytellers

Keynote documentarians, filmmaker and multimedia storyteller Thomas Allen Harris and sound documentarian Jim Metzner kick off conversation on June 8–9 and June 15, respectively.

Institute Fellows Yvonne Welbon, Carolyn Macartney, Jonna McKone and Evan Roberts) and Institute Associates Chris D. Moore, Nicky Tavares and Adam Tinkle join Skidmore faculty and student scholars to workshop, advance projects and find inspiration as Saratoga Springs springs into summer.

Storytellers' Institute Presents...

  • Keynote: June 8 and 9, Thomas Allen Harris
    • June 8, 7 p.m., screening of award-winning documentary film Through A Lens Darkly, followed by director's talk
    • June 9, 1–4 p.m., Digitial Diaspora workshop, gathering photo album stories from the community, Tang Teaching Museum
    • June 9, 8 p.m., Digital Diaspora family reunion roadshow highlights stories told
  • Master Documentarian: June 15, Jim Metzner
    • June 15, 7 p.m., The Magic of Sound, Filene Recital Hall, Filene Hall
    • June 16, Lead a listening walk for early-morning risers (reservation required)