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“Creation is everything you do. Make something.”

– Ntozake Shange

Program Overview

The Documentary Storymaking minor emphasizes hands-on experience in the methods, tools, and practices that foster students’ understanding and ability to create meaningful stories for diverse audiences.  While developing students’ personal capacities for creative and artistic expression, the minor in Documentary Storymaking is also deeply community-based and connects to the issues, concerns, and stories of broader community life within the Lehigh Valley.

Established in Spring 2016 through a collaboration among Lafayette College, Lehigh University, and Muhlenberg College, the Documentary Storymaking minor is open to students on each campus pursuing any major field of study.


The minor consists of 3 required courses: Doc 150, Introduction to Documentary Storymaking, Doc 250, Legal and Ethical Issues in Documentary Storymaking, and Doc 370, Capstone in Documentary Storymaking.  Additionally, students complete two approved electives, one of which is production focused.  Read more about course descriptions and requirements.

For more information about the consortial minor, contact the program director: Lora Taub-Pervizpour, ltaub@muhlenberg.edu or 484.664.3880.

For help with cross-registration through LVAIC, see the LVAIC website here.


Capstone students attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. Learn about their experiences as Full Frame Fellows in this video shot and edited by Documentary Storymaking alum, Drew Swedberg.

View Student Work

A World of Gray

by Kenzie Corbin (Lafayette) Luke Madronal (Lafayette) and Laura Pezzulich (Muhlenberg)


2018 Capstone web project by Emmia Newman ’18 (Muhlenberg) and Ell Kelly ’18 (Muhlenberg).

No Taste Like Home

by Aria Ma, Ashley Omoma, Cavahanah Baht T’om and Kris Hoessel



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Who We Are

*campus advisors

Jenna Azar
HYPE Director
Instructional Designer

Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz
Asst. Professor
Film Studies, Media & Communication

Jack Lule
Professor & Chair
Journalism & Communication

Julia Maserjian
Mgr. of Digital Scholarship Team

Tamara Myers*
Assoc. Professor, History

John Pettegrew
Assoc. Professor, History
Director, American Studies
In Memoriam

Kate Ranieri
Asst. Professor
Media & Communication

Greg Reihman
Assoc. Vice Provost
Dir., Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning
Adj. Professor, Philosophy

Nandini Sikand
Asst. Professor
Film & Media Studies

Andy Smith*
Assoc. Professor, Chair
Film & Media Studies

Lora Taub-Pervizpour*
Professor, Media & Communication
Dir., LVAIC Documentary Storymaking

We are a community of practice collaborating across three institutions to expand access to and engagement in documentary teaching, practice, and scholarship in the Lehigh Valley.