Presentations and Events
2020 Sept 22, 7:30 pm online. Co-discussant, "Community Reads" featuring author Jill Lepore and her book, "This America: The Case for the Nation," Spencertown Academy Arts Center Festival of Books. Video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ntgfydPe_w.
2020 Sept 7, Aug 31, also May 27-30: Trainer for ESoDoc (European Social Documentary), online, for the ZeLIG School for Documentary, Television, and New Media in Italy. More info: https://www.zeligfilm.it/it/.
2020 May 7, 1-2:30 pm EST: "Archival Storytelling from Home," webinar with Kenn Rabin, hosted by Filmmakers Collaborative.
2019 November 21: "The Business of History," 20th annual Researching New York Conference, University at Albany. Moderator/organizer.
2019 October 11: Mass Incarceration and Slavery" conference, Tougaloo College, Jackson, MS. Screening and Q&A, Slavery by Another Name.
2019 April 12: "Capitalism and Convict Leasing in the American South: A Symposium," Rice University, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Houston, TX. Panel.
2018 December 3: Presentation, "Documentary Storytelling," using Slavery by Another Name as a case study. The Torch Club of Albany, Albany, NY.
2018 November 16. Moderator and convener, "Telling the Hard Stories: Slavery in New York," for Researching New York 2018, University at Albany, SUNY.
2018 July 27. Panelist, "Self-Producing Workshop: Finance and Marketing," at The Dramatists Guild 2018 National Conference, New York, NY.
2017 November 11-18. Juror, feature documentaries, Camerimage International Film Festival, Bydgoszcz, Poland.
2017 November 6-9. Teaching master class, DocNomads, Brussels, Belgium.
2017 May. Panelist, 2017 International Association for Literary Journalism Studies' 12th international conference, University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia. "Ennobling African-American Expression: Henry Hampton’s I’ll Make Me a World."
2017 March. History Film Forum, National Museum of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC. Screening of Slavery by Another Name and Q&A with Douglas A. Blackmon and Sam Pollard, March 9; moderator, "Responsibilities of History Filmmakers," with biographer Scott Berg, historian Ed Ayers, and filmmakers Melissa Haizlip and Nancy Buirsky. WATCH ONLINE.
2016 November. Featured speaker, UAlbany College of Arts & Sciences annual faculty dinner. "Structuring Reality: An Argument for Close Viewing."
2015 May. Boston Theater Marathon XVII, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston, Ma. "A Firefly in August." Directed by Margaret Ann Brady, starring Jen Alison Lewis.and Luis Negron.
2015 May. Docville International Documentary Festival, Leuven, Belgium. Master class, "Adding Drama to Documentary" (May 6); judge, international documentary jury
2015 March. "Documentary Storytelling and Slavery by Another Name: A Case Study." Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY. This event is made possible through Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
2014 October. "A Firefly in August" (production), at the 2014 Warner International Playwrights Festival, Warner Theatre, Torrington, CT
2014 September. Screening and Q&A, The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific, remastered anniversary edition; The Maples, Royalston, Ma.
2014 April. Documentary Workshop I, " The Art of Documentary Storytelling"; and Documentary Workshop II, "Slavery by Another Name: A Case Study". At the Broadcast Educators Association Conference (BEA), co-scheduled with the National Association of Broadcasters annual show, Las Vegas, Nevada.
2013 November. Q&A, via Skype, following screening of Slavery by Another Name at the Austin Film Society, Austin, TX.
2013 August: "Shaping Real Life, Past and Present," with Andy Pederson, Jayme McGhan, and Craig Thornton, at Having Our Say: Our History, Our
Future, the second national conference of the Dramatists Guild of America, Chicago, IL.
2013 March: "Varieties of Historical Experience: Turning History into Theatre" with Deborah Brevoort, Craig Thornton, and Lowell Williams, at the 2013 annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
2012 April: Screening and discussion at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, with Douglas Blackmon, Sam Pollard, hosted by Professors June Cross and Bill Grueskin.
2012 March: New York Sings! with musicologist Rena Kosersky and folklorist/musician George Ward, at Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, NY.
2012 March: Screening of Slavery by Another Name followed by Q&A with Douglas A. Blackmon and me, Princeton University ,Princeton, NJ
2012, February: Screening of Slavery by Another Name followed by Q&A with Douglas A. Blackmon and me, University at Albany, SUNY.
2011, November: "Documentary Storytelling," at Plus Camerimage, Bydgoszcz, Poland. Also jurist, Short Documentary Competition (with Haskell Wexler, jury chair, and Joan Churchhill, David Kwok, and Piotr Stasik).
2011, October: Presenter/organizer, screening of Raising Renee and visit with filmmakers Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher, University at Albany
2011, March: “Broadening the Discussion: Bringing Stories of Liberation to Communities through Public Media and Public Engagement,” for the Women’s History Month lecture series, A Question of Liberation, sponsored by the UAlbany Women’s Studies Department,
2011, January. Presenter/organizer, visit of filmmaker Eric Stange to the University at Albany
2010, October. Presenter/organizer/fundraiser, “Louisa May Alcott: In Print and On Screen,” visit to the University at Albany by filmmakers/authors Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen. Funded by the New York Council for the Humanities and others.
2009, October: “Close Viewing: Strengthening Documentary Film Literacy,” for the Jean Everitt Journalism Lecture Series at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va.
2008, November: Presenter/co-organizer, “Screening New York History,” visit to the University at Albany by filmmakers Muffie Meyer and Ronald Blumer (Middlemarch Films) for the Researching New York Conference. Funded by the New York Council for the Humanities and others.
2008, October: Presenter/organizer, “Politics on Screen,” visit to the University at Albany by filmmaker Paul Stekler (The Choice 2008, Frontline)
2008, April: "Documentary Storytelling,” Smith College Model United Nations, Northampton, Ma.
2007, October: “The ethics of archival storytelling,” panel convened and co-moderated with Kenn Rabin at the University of California, Berkeley, Ca., featuring Claire Aguilar, Jon Else, Stanley Nelson, Bill Nichols, and Rick Prelinger (to read an excerpt, click here)
2007, October: “Legal aspects of archival storytelling,” panel convened and co-moderated with Kenn Rabin at Stanford University School of Law, Palo Alto, Ca., featuring Anthony Falzone, Sam Green, Debra Kozee, Jan Krawitz, Dale Nelson, Rick Prelinger, and Kristine Samuelson
2006, September: Guest presenter, “When the Levees Broke,” with filmmaker Sam Pollard. American Studies program, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
2006, August: Leader, two-day workshop in documentary storytelling with media production staff, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pa.
2006, April: Presenter, Two Societies (Eyes on the Prize) at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
2005, December: “Documentary Storytelling,” presentation at the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism (Harvard University), Boston, Ma., also panel, “Telling the Hard Stories,” with Orville Schell and Doug McGill
2005, November: “Archival issues,” presentation to faculty and students at Rockefeller College, Princeton University
2005, September through November: Curator and moderator, “American Visions in Documentary” public series with visiting filmmakers Ric Burns (Eugene O'Neill), Susan Froemke (Lalee's Kin); Muffie Meyer and Ronald Blumer (Benjamin Franklin); and Stanley N. Katz, Sam Pollard and me (Eyes on the Prize), as part of an Anschutz Fellowship in American Studies, Princeton University
1994, December: Leader, four-day workshop in documentary storytelling with emerging filmmakers, convened at the University of Bergen, Norway