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Instructions for Life:

Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

by Mary Oliver, “Sometimes”

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.


Read course descriptions and find out what courses are being offered on each campus.

Requirements of the Minor
Fall 2017 Courses
Spring 2017 Courses

For more information about the consortial minor in Documentary Studies, 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.

View Student Work

Documentaries produced by students in DOC 150: Intro to Doc Storymaking, Fall 2016,
taught by Prof. Andy Smith at Lafayette College.

A World of Gray

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

SOS: Saving our Shad

by Devin Domeyer (Muhlenberg), Anna Golub (Lafayette), Emily Ramirez (Lafayette)


No Taste Like Home

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



No Events

Graduate Accepted into Scribe’s New Film Scholars Program

September 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Graduate Accepted into Scribe’s New Film Scholars Program

One of Documentary Storymaking's  first graduates, Drew Swedberg, has been accepted into the inaugural cohort of Scribe's new Film Scholars Program.  Swedberg, who received Muhlenberg's James D. Schneider Social Justice Award in 2017, will participate [...]

An Evening of Docs in Progress

May 11th, 2017|Comments Off on An Evening of Docs in Progress

On Tuesday, May 9, students in Prof. Ebrahimi-Bazaz's Docs in Progress course shared their projects with peers, faculty, and community members.  Each documentarian introduced their project with a statement about the "meaningful progress" they defined for [...]

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

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.