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CITL/MDHI: Research-based practice: Documentary as a mode of social inquiry with Brett Story

Date & Time: Thursday, March 30, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Williams 070

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

In this workshop, geographer and filmmaker Brett Story offers insights from her practice as a research-based filmmaker and media maker. Using clips and stories from her most recent film, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, produced while a doctoral student of at the University of Toronto in the Department of Geography, Brett will discuss, share techniques, and field questions about how social science research methods, documentary techniques, and aesthetic tropes can intersect to produce new forms of knowledge production. This will be a participatory workshop, with opportunities for discussion, debate, and hands-on exercises. 

CITL: Blogging in Academia ( Rescheduled)

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4, 2:30 pm

Presenters: Kate Bullard

Audience: Community Members, Faculty, Staff, Students

Join us for a workshop on blogging in academia. With Lehigh's support of WordPress, it is easier than ever to build your own space to share your research, your teaching or comment on current affairs. This workshop will touch briefly on technical issues and then focus primarily on crafting blog entries and promoting your content.

CITL/MDHI: Knowing Your Rights: Legal Fundamentals for Documentary Filmmakers

Date & Time: Friday, April 14, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: EWFM 520

Presenters: Karen Shatzkin

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Both beginning and more experienced documentary filmmakers have misconceptions about the impact of copyright and other laws on their projects. Knowing Your Rights: Legal Fundamentals for Documentary Filmmakers is designed to enable non-lawyers to understand how various relevant areas of law—including copyright, trademark, defamation, and privacy/publicity rights—affect their projects. Karen Shatzkin has extensive experience making these complex issues comprehensible to her creative clients, including a wide array of documentary filmmakers.

This day-long seminar will enable participants to be more self-sufficient in understanding their rights and the limitations on those rights. They will learn about circumstances that really require a lawyer's involvement (and those that don't). Participants also will gain knowledge that will empower them to work with lawyers, rather than be passive recipients of legal advice. Ms. Shatzkin will discuss copyright doctrines, such as "de minimus" and fair use; the portrayal of trademarks; rules concerning film titles; privacy/publicity rights; and doctrines such as trespass and misrepresentation that often trip up filmmakers. Using important court decisions and examples from her clients' films, she will discuss how the laws apply to documentary projects and provide an understanding of what practical considerations may intervene.

Karen Shatzkin is a member of the New York law firm of Shatzkin & Mayer, P.C., Karen Shatzkin has worked on legal issues affecting documentary films for more than 30 years, primarily on behalf of independent filmmakers and independent production companies. She has vetted films pre-release; negotiated contracts with creative personnel, distributors, studios, and networks; and responded to claims against filmmakers. Her clients run the gamut from well-established, award-winning documentarians to first-time filmmakers.

Ms. Shatzkin, a graduate of Columbia Law School, has an active litigation practice in addition to her transactional work for filmmakers and other creative clients. An adjunct faculty member of Columbia Law School, she teaches a trial practice seminar.  


Past Events

CITL/MDHI: From Poetry to Podcast: Producing Sound-Rich Audio (Podcasting II)

Date & Time: Friday, March 24, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Presenters: Cory Fischer-Hoffman and Jarret Brown Along with Special Guest Rend Smith

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

This workshop is for those with some experience using audio editing software to incorporate sound, music, and narration to spoken word poetry to create sound-rich and powerful audio that will communicate with listeners.  This workshop is great for those who already work in radio, audio or sound but want to explore creative compositions and learn about additional functions in the audio editing software, Audacity. The workshop is also open to beginners who are quick learners and are enthusiastic about producing sound art, podcasts or audio documentary.

Artist Rend Smith will present on an award winning radio series and digital humanities project the “Prison Poetry Workshop” and his effort to capture, document, disseminate, and contextualize prison writings into a national canon. 


CITL: Unlocking Student Potential Through Effective Assignments: The TRAC Fellow Perspective

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 22, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Presenters: Jasmine Woodson, Education & Learning Design Librarian, and Greg Skutches, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, will also participate.

Audience: Community Members, Faculty, Staff, Students

A team of TRAC Writing Fellows brings their perspective as students, experience as trained peer tutors, and the results of a collaborative research project on effective assignments to this interactive workshop. Bring current assignments with you to learn how to use them bring out the best in your students.

CITL/MDHI: The Ethics of Representation

Date & Time: Friday, March 3, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: EWFM 520

Presenters: Nandini Sikand

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Nandini Sikand will screen her finished short  One, if by Land (2015, 14 minutes), an experimental short film that explores the politics of undocumented immigration to the global North via land, sea and air. Inspired by three stories of real voyages made from Mexico, China and Mozambique, this film looks at the impossibility of arrival, a visual commemoration of the unknown immigrant. One, if by Land is not a film that attempts to have answers to the noisy debate around immigration policies, but through grim but evocative imagery of these journeys, it raises questions as to why this impossibility should exist in the first place. Using this film as an example she will talk about the creative process, ethical representations of vulnerable subjects from conception to research with an emphasis on ethical story-telling. Sikand will also screen a 10-minute trailer of a work in progress, Inside Outside, a feature length documentary on women and mass incarceration in the Lehigh Valley.

Nandini Sikand is an anthropologist, filmmaker and dancer. Her films have screened and won awards at over a 100 domestic and international film festivals and aired on PBS. She has been awarded grants from The Jerome Foundation, the Center for Asian American Media and is two-time awardee of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant. Sikand is an Assistant Professor of an interdisciplinary film and media studies program at Lafayette College, PA.

CITL: Media Literacy, Fake News, and Lehigh

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 28, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Presenters: Heather Simoneau and Carrie Baldwin-Sorrelle

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Gain an understanding of Lehigh students’ media literacy capabilities, incorporate critical media analysis techniques into your curriculum, and come away with discipline-specific exercises for your classroom to improve your students’ media literacy skills.

CITL/CCE: Community-Engaged Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Date & Time: Monday, February 27, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Presenters: Sarah Stanlick

This workshop is intended to support faculty  in creating an engaged learning/teaching environment by integrating high-impact learning practices into the design of new or revised courses and in assessing those practices.  It will also will bring together faculty to engage in complex discussions and workshops about aspects of community engagement, service-learning, and scholarship.  Participants will leave with examples of high-quality, reciprocal, ethical community engagement, grapple with issues surrounding community-engaged teaching/learning/research, and chart a course for future engagement in their teaching and scholarship.

CITL/MDHI: Introduction to Digital Mapping

Date & Time: Friday, February 24, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Linderman 302

Presenters: Alison Kanosky

Audience: Faculty, Staff

This entry-level workshop provides an overview of the building blocks of digital maps, and an introduction to the software available at Lehigh for creating maps including and Google Maps. This workshop is for beginners with little or no experience creating digital maps. We will create a digital map by going step-by-step through the process of creating spatial data, importing it to a map, and learning how to share it on the web.


CITL/MDHI: Oral History Workshop with Mary Marshall Clark

Date & Time: Friday, February 17 to Saturday, February 18, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

This intensive, hands-on workshop will introduce participants to oral history methods, with a focus on interview techniques, analyzing narrative sources, and project design. Oral history is a form of biographical, social, economic, political, and cultural research that contributes to our understanding of the many ways in which the past influences our thinking about the future. Participants in this two-day workshop will leave with critical tools for thinking about, designing, and carrying out oral history projects.