A presentation for the Social Impact Working Group at DePaul University.
Way, way back in 2006, I presented on my dissertation research at the Inaugural Gathering of Digital Storytellers at MIT. Fast-forward to late September 2015, nearly ten years later, and I found myself at the grown-up version of that early gathering, with many of the same attendees: the 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference, jointly hosted by Smith College and UMass Amherst.
I spent last weekend – October 16th–19th – at the inaugural Conference on Community Writing in Boulder, Colorado, where I saw some excellent talks, climbed a mountain, and ate a lot of bean-and-grain-filled bowls (much harder to find a hot dog or a sausage in Boulder than in Chicago). The conference ran from Thursday – Saturday, and attracted mostly rhet/comp academics interested in community writing, community engagement, engaged research, public rhetoric, community literacy, and service learning, as well as in creating “sustainable infrastructures” for all of these. Continue reading
Today is day 1 of Digital Writing! This is an undergraduate course at DePaul, which my department recently developed and made part of the core curriculum for our Professional Writing Minor. This is a fun class to teach: we make videos, develop blogs, and students work together to create a “Multimedia Change Campaign.” Continue reading
For the first time, I’m teaching digital storytelling on DePaul’s accelerated summer schedule. The class meets twice a week for five weeks, which means there won’t be time to partner with community organizations and to train their staff to make digital stories, as in past iterations of the course.
The Stories That Work Database: How Nonprofits and Cause Initiatives Use Personal Stories in their Work
A presentation for the DePaul University Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Faculty Research Symposium, on June 8, 2015.
This is a presentation made on March 12, 2015, to students in DMA 527: Digital Media Arts Survey, a foundation course for students in DePaul’s MA in Digital Communication and Media Arts, a program that has some similarities to my department’s MA in New Media Studies. In this talk, I’ve been asked to: 1) provide an insider’s view into my work with digital storytelling (careers, professional experiences, insights), and 2) promote classes that students can take, should they want to pursue this line of study further.