2021 Skidmore MDOCS Forum Grantees

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, MDOCS Forum 2020 has been postponed to June 2021.

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Sonya Chung

Sonya Chung is the author of the novels The Loved Ones (Relegation Books, 2016) and Long for This World (Scribner, 2010). She is a staff writer for the The Millions and founding editor of Bloom, and is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers’ Residency, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Key West Literary Seminars residency, a Studios of Key West residency, and an Escape to Create residency.  Sonya’s stories, reviews, & essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Tin House, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of BooksShort: An International Anthology, and This is The Place: Women Writing About Home, among othersSonya has taught fiction writing at Columbia University, NYU, and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Currently she lives in New York City, teaches in Warren Wilson’s MFA program, is Writer-in-Residence at Skidmore College, and works as programming consultant for an independent arthouse cinema.

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Veena Chandra

Veena is the founder and director of the Dance and Music School of India in Latham, NY (celebrating 31 years) where she teaches Indian classical music. She has been a faculty member at Skidmore College since 1990, teaching sitar in the Music Department. Since, 2014 she is also the Artist Associate in Sitar at Williams College (MA). She has several CDs to her credit, including two very popular recordings with renowned Pandit Bikram Ghosh on tabla. Veena Chandra’s 2009-2010 India tour was in part sponsored by NYSCA and The Arts Center of the Capital Region. In December of 2018, Veena received the SRIJAN Music Excellence Award “in recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of Indian Classical Music”. Veena received a New York Foundation for the Arts/New York State Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship, July 2019 in the category of Music/Sound to “continue to create, promote and preserve” musical tradition.

Yvette Cortes

Yvette Cortes has been the Fine Arts Librarian at Skidmore College since 2007. Prior to Skidmore, she worked as an art librarian at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. She has an M.S. in History of Art and Design from Pratt Institute and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Yvette has organized the annual Student Art in the Library juried exhibition in the Lucy Scribner Library since 2008, which provides an opportunity for Skidmore’s students to exhibit their work.

Elzbieta Lepkowska White

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Elzbieta (Ela) Lepkowska-White received her Ph.D. in marketing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her research interests center on marketing communication (including social media, Internet, advertising) education and pedagogy, sales management, health related issues, among other topics. More recently Ela investigates socially responsible formats of business. Her work that investigates social media in the context of small restaurants and marketing online was published in journals such as the Journal of Internet Commerce, theJournal of Research in Interactive Marketing, theJournal of Consumer Marketingand the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice. Her studies in the area of international advertising were published in the Journal of Advertisingand the Journal of Global Marketing,and her work on international sales management appeared in the Journal of Business Research.  Her research on international and the international and US business education and pedagogy was published in the Journal of Marketing Educationand the Journal of the Academy of Business Educationand articles on health related issues appeared in several book chapters and journals including the Journal of East-West Business, Journal of Consumer Affairs.She presented her work at numerous international and national conferences including the American Marketing Association Public Policy Conference, theAcademy of Marketing Science Conference, theEuropean Marketing Academy Conference, and theAmerican Marketing Association Educator’sConference

June C. Paul

June has a lifelong career history of working to promote social and economic justice and advocating for individuals and communities living in oppressive contexts. Prior to returning to graduate school to obtain her Ph.D., June worked in the field of human services for nearly 17 years as a direct service practitioner, policy advisor, and statewide administrator in both public child welfare and education. Consequently, she brings a great deal of real-world knowledge and experience in practice, policy, and service-delivery to her teaching and scholarship. As an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, her primary objective is to provide an academically challenging curriculum that is engaging and accessible to all students, values the resources each student brings to class, and promotes strategies that aid students in advancing a more just and equitable society. June received her MSW and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Sarah Sweeny

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Sarah Sweeney’s digital and interactive work interrogates the relationship between photographic memory objects and physical memories, and is informed by both the study of memory science and the history of documentary technologies. In her work, she explores the space between information that is stored corporeally in our memory and the information that is captured and stored in memory objects created by documentary technologies including camera phones, stereoscopic cameras, and home video cameras-each project makes tangible the deletions and accretions produced through our interactions with these technologies. She is the creator of The Forgetting Machine, an iPhone app commissioned by the new media organization Rhizome, that systematically destroys digital photographs each time they are viewed or refreshed to simulate the theory of reconsolidation proposed by scientists studying memory. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally in exhibitions at locations including the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the New Jersey State Museum, the Black and White Gallery, and the UCR/California Photography Museum.