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DocumentAmerica Project

The DocumentAmerica

Social Documentary Summer Program, 2017

July 17 – July 21, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

with support from Google, the Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations, and in partnership with Columbia University

An invitation for students

entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall:

Please consider joining in the DocumentAmerica program at University of Alabama at Birmingham this summer!

We’ll spend a week together talking about and creating Social Documentary work – art of all kinds that connects the people and communities with others who might otherwise not see, hear or feel their voices and experiences.

We’ll talk, seminar-style, about the writings, performances, on-line experiences, theater works, dance, paintings and photographs that help people often unseen and unheard tell their stories.

We’ll work together to help you create your own Social Documentary work to help share the voices and experiences of communities and people you care about.

And we’ll have the chance through our week of working together to become a community that supports and celebrates the work we all create.

This will be our second summer working with students in the Yakima Valley. The incredible work done by students last year can be viewed at

We’ll meet at UAB from July 17 through July 21, from 10am until 3pm, talking, working, creating documentary work of many different kinds, and presenting to each other.

This is a full-funded program – every student has a 100% scholarship to participate.

To explore more about Social Documentary work, we recommend you have a look at these resources:

The Photos of Lee Jeffries


The first two minutes of this online film:

Anna Deavere Smith, “Fires in the Mirror”:

Humans of New York:

Story Corps:

Dispatch from the Edge
Wicked Problem: