Suzanne Snider (Founder, Director, Instructor, Oral History Intensive) is a writer and oral historian. She has worked as an interviewer or consultant for Columbia University’s Center for Oral History, MoMA, Center for Reproductive Rights, the New York Academy of Medicine, HBO Productions, the Newtown Creek Community Health and Harms Narrative Project, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Prison Public Memory Project, among others. Her own oral history projects have addressed disappearing labor forces, rehabilitative medicine, parapsychology, and feminist presses. She serves on the Judd Foundation’s Oral History Advisory Board and chairs the Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi Award Committee. Her work––published in The Washington Post, The Guardian, Legal Affairs, Guernica, The Believer, and several artist books––has been supported through fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Sloan Foundation, the UCross Foundation Center, and the Radcliffe Institute. She received a 2011 commission from Triple Canopy for New Media Reporting. She teaches at the New School University and is currently completing a book about a divided commune in Middle America.
Michael Garofalo (Instructor, Oral History and Radio) is senior producer for the national oral history project StoryCorps. A member of the two-time Peabody Award-winning production team (2006 & 2011), Michael has had a hand in creating nearly all of the project’s content — from producing StoryCorps’ weekly national broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and hosting the podcast, to contributing to the first StoryCorps book, to co-producing a series of Emmy-nominated animated shorts for PBS’s POV. He has trained producers in both the US and in the UK for BBC Radio 4. In 2010, Michael launched a podcast for the respected online film journal, Reverse Shot. Michael also makes music using radios — among other things — and is a Transmission Artist with the nonprofit arts organization free103point9. In 2012, Michael was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Jennifer Karady (Guest Instructor, Project Lab) is an artist/photographer who works with real people to dramatize their stories through narrative, metaphorical, and allegorical techniques. Recently, Karady has been working with American veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to create staged narrative photographs that both depict their individual stories and address their difficulties in adjusting to civilian life. In Country: Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan has been exhibited at SF Camerawork in San Francisco, the Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, The Berman Museum at Ursinus College and continues to travel the country; the project has been featured in The New York Times, on National Public Radio and reviewed in Frieze. Her work is in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Albright Knox Gallery. She made two photographs with veterans while at Yaddo during the summers of 2008 and 2009.
Sarah Kramer (Guest Instructor, Project Lab) is a documentary storyteller and journalist. She was recently a fellow at Sundance New Frontiers Storytelling Lab and currently heads up content at a soon-to-launch storytelling start-up. Prior, Kramer worked at The New York Times for six years where she was a reporter and multimedia editor, creating series such as Emmy-award winning One in 8 Million and Emmy nominated Coming Out. Her credits also include senior producer and founding staffer for Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps where she created the signature sound, provided editorial oversight on the weekly NPR broadcasts and the New York Times bestseller, Listening is an Act of Love.
Her radio stories have aired on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Marketplace; her writing in The New York Times and digital storytelling on NYTimes.com. She launched her career in documentary films for PBS and HBO and is completing a documentary short on her father. Kramer is an adjunct professor at CUNY Journalism School where she teaches the Art of the Interview. You can follow her @sarahk11.
Eugenie Mukeshimana (Guest Instructor, Oral History Intensive) is the Founder and Executive Director of Genocide Survivors Support Network (GSSN), a NJ-based nonprofit organization that serves immigrant genocide survivors in America. As one of the leading voices among survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, she frequently presents on genocide and war topics and travels around the country to speak about her experiences during the genocide. In an effort to gain a better understanding of current and future challenges of living with the memories of the genocide, Eugenie began to conduct filmed interviews with Holocaust survivors about their post-holocaust experiences.
Eugenie helps survivors to open up and tell their stories often for the first time and sometimes before total strangers. She also helps them manage the post-disclosure range of emotions. Her work with refugees as a freelance telephonic language and cultural interpreter for leading language service companies helped her uncover serious communication challenges faced by refugees and service providers across the country and has contributed a chapter in Children and Families Affected by Armed Conflicts in Africa: Implications and Strategies for Helping Professionals in the United States. NASW Press 2012.
Eugenie holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. She was a 2012 Human Rights Advocate Program fellow at Columbia University. She is a mother of one daughter born during the genocide and lives in South Orange, NJ.
Todd Shalom (Guest Instructor,Project Lab) works with text, sound and image to re-contextualize the body in space using vocabulary of the everyday. He is the founder and director of Elastic City. In this role, Todd leads his own walks, collaborates with artists to lead joint walks, and works with artists in a variety of disciplines to adapt their expertise to the participatory walk format. He often collaborates with performance artist/director Niegel Smith. Together, they conceive and stage interactive performances in public and private environments. Todd is also a ringleader of Willing Participant. Willing Participant whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy shit that happens.
Todd’s work has been presented by organizations such as Abrons Art Center, Creative Time, ISSUE Project Room, The Kitchen, The Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum, P.S. 122 and Printed Matter. He is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts and also holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University. Todd is a member of the core faculty in Pratt Institute’s new MFA in Writing program.
Lauren Kelly (OHSS Assistant) is a filmmaker and a dancer, who began making her first dance film this year called DANCEFLOORED. It explores the particular ways in which childhood memory differs from that of adults. She received a Masters in Media Studies from The New School in 2014. Her first short documentary, ECHO about a crumbling bell tower at a church in Harlem has been featured in festivals around NYC, premiering at Sunshine Cinema as a part of NY Shorts 2012. The piece she worked on during last years Radio and Oral History workshop is currently exhibited at the Sheila Johnson Design Center. She is a freelance shooter and editor of video and sound, and is working on developing three film projects all of which incorporate oral history practices. Her work can be seen at www.laurenelizabethkelly.com.