About the DSWG

The Digital Storytelling Working Group is a small group of folk who are working on applying the storytelling concepts of multimedia narrative to various facets of liberal arts education. We are scholars and technologists, teachers and creators coming from a wide variety of fields and backgrounds, and we are joined in a common inquiry: how can the pedagogy of short video production help our students bridge experience and theory, the personal and the academic, the text and the image?

We are:

Bryan Alexander, NITLE

Brett Boessen, Austin College

Betsy Brewer, Beloit College

Truett Cates, Austin College

Tom D’Agostino, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Thomas D’Agostino is the Executive Director of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Union College Partnership for Global Education and the Director of the Center for Global Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he is also Visiting Professor of Political Science. He earned his MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In addition to his work in international education he is co-author (with Richard Hillman) of Distant Neighbors in the Caribbean: the Dominican Republic and Jamaica in Comparative Perspective and Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean

Rebecca Davis, NITLE

Felix Kronenberg, Rhodes College

Doug Reilly, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Doug’s mission for the last eight years at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been to innovate predeparture and reentry programs that help study abroad students make the most of their opportunity. He has created a dual approach to predeparture that stresses personal goal-setting and skills development, and approaches reentry as an opportunity to creatively explore students’ border-crossing experiences. He teaches digital storytelling and independent magazine (zine) production, edits The Aleph, a journal of global perspectives, a creative journal for returning study abroad students and hosts Away Café, an “open-mic night for stories that cross borders”.  Doug publishes on the field’s educational goals and methods in a variety of media, and has twice co-facilitated NITLE’s popular Multimedia Narrative (digital storytelling) workshop with Bryan Alexander.  Doug holds a Masters in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and served in the Peace Corps (Slovakia ’99-01).

When his day job is over, Doug co-edits Geneva13, a zine of the local,  co-produces  Geneva’s Headless Sullivan Theater, blogs about astronomy outreach at punkastronomy.worpress.com, and takes photos of local restaurant and food culture for Edible Finger Lakes magazine.  Doug lives in Geneva, NY, with his favorite collaborators, his wife Gabi and their six year old, Zora Mae. He also likes to blog at www.punkastronomy.com



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